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Do shrooms alter your serotonin levels?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Shrooms: They contain the indole alkaloid psilocybin, which is a tryptamine compound which is chemically related to tryptophan, & is structurally similar to serotonin.

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Do hallucinogenic mushrooms alter serotonin levels?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Magic mushrooms: Hallucinogenic mushrooms in the psilocybe genus do impact the serotonin system. They contain psilocybin and a related metabolite, which are structurally related to serotonin and are about 100 times less potent than lsd. Partial agonist activity at 5-ht2a receptors mediates the psychedelic effect of hallucinogens like psilocybin, lsd, and mescaline (found in peyote).

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