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Are Hallucinogenic Mushrooms Considered SSRI’s



“Can I substitute SSRI’s for shrooms?” many are seeking the answer to this question. Mushrooms have been discovered to cause the same euphoric feeling found in the SSI anti-depressant.  Since SSRI’s are sort after for their euphoric effects, why not use mushrooms altogether and forget about the SSRI pills?

Before we continue let’s get an understanding on how each of these two work. The SSRI effects come us a result of the SSRI action on the synaptic cells in the brain. The SSRI’s increase the production of serotonin in the brain and at the same time prevent the reuptake of the serotonin into the pre-synaptic cells. This causes a serotonin boost in the brain which brings the ecstatic SSRI effects felt on intake.

Hallucinogenic Mushroom Information

Mushrooms work differently to bring about the same high. Shrooms contain a substance called psilocybin. It gets absorbed in the stomach lining gets converted into psilocin which finds its way into the brain where it gets absorbed into the synapses like serotonin. This brings the same hallucinating effects as the serotonin substance. But can mushrooms serve as an anti-depressant like SSRI?

To begin with, the mushroom content, psilocin, does not serve as a serotonin re-uptake inhibitor. Once it gets to the brain it gets absorbs directly into the synapses together with the serotonins. So it won’t contribute to the serotonin boost required to keep the serotonin levels optimum.

SSRI Information

Much as the substance psilocin is a hallucinogen it may not cure depression as the SSRI do. SSRI is an antidepressant and it serves both functions of elevating the moods and brings down depression at the same time. Moreover SSRI effects as antidepressants last longer thus patients suffering from depression are kept in a calm mood for longer periods. Psilocin in mushrooms brings the ‘high’ feeling and may raise the ecstasy level in a patient. The problem is that this feeling is short-lived; psilocin doesn’t last that long in the blood system.

Inability of the psilocin to keep the user calm for long may lead to dependency which translates to addiction. To get the same euphoric effects as that of the SSRI antidepressant, the patient may be forced to induce more and more of psilocin into the body. Addiction is an unwanted side effect; the idea was to get a serotonin boost without having to rely on the drug.

Furthermore, with the SSRI information we have around, there is none that touches on mushroom falling in the same category as SSRI. Mushrooms may lack side effects as the natural antidepressant tryptophan but it fails on the ability to keep depression away.
Concluding, psilocin in mushroom can’t be termed as an SSRI since it does not meet all the qualifications listed in the SSRI information we have today; one, it does not trigger the release of serotonin in the brain to raise the serotonin numbers. Two, as the serotonin get reabsorbed back into the cells; psilocin gets reabsorbed as well and fails the test as a serotonin re-uptake inhibitor. It may be used to bring the good moods for a short while though; before you buy you buy your nest SSRI dosage.