The drug, called psilocybin, is not new to the world of addiction and it is gaining traction.
But for some, it has the potential to change the way women who use drugs cope with life.
A recent study published in the journal Science showed that people who take the drug for up to six months can see their levels of anxiety drop.
And while the study was small, researchers said it was important to know how it could help people struggling with anxiety and depression.
Psilocybine is also known as the “magic mushroom” and is an ancient psychedelic compound.
It was discovered by German chemist Otto Wundt in 1898.
“It’s been used by some ancient cultures as a cure for a variety of mental illnesses, including obsessive compulsive disorder,” said Dr. Robert Siegel, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Columbia University and the study’s senior author.
Siegel said the new study was important because the compound is used by people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, post-partum depression and anxiety.
He said it’s not yet clear how the drug would help people who are struggling with PTSD or depression.
Snyder said people suffering with PTSD often take a variety on different medications, such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications.
“The drugs can’t make the brain calm,” Snyder said.
“They’re not going to give the person who’s depressed the ability to sleep and rest.”
Snyder also said the drug could be used to help people with chronic pain.
“You know, if you’re in a state of chronic pain, you might need psilocin or oxycodone, or you might want to have some kind of analgesic or relaxant,” he said.
But not everyone who uses the drug feels the same way.
“For me, I’ve always said that the best thing about psilosine is it’s just an amazing feeling,” said Emily Stetson, an author of “The Psychopath Next Door,” a memoir about her life in recovery from addiction.
Stetson said the most powerful aspect of the drug was its ability to help the brain connect with its environment.
“Psilocine’s ability to bring the brain together to feel something and then to feel another, it’s amazing.
So it’s definitely an amazing drug.”
Siegel added that the drug has the power to help some people with anxiety, but that it is not an effective treatment for everyone.
“When you’re talking about a drug that can really help, it can certainly help some folks,” he explained.
“But, I think there are people who will be just as confused by the drug’s effects as those who would have no problem with taking the drug.”
Stetsons memoir is published by Simon & Schuster.
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