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Do Hallucinogenic Mushrooms Alter Serotonin Levels
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). ...Read more
Depends: If used occasionally in people without other health problems, hallucinogens rarely have major health effects. However, they cause elevated pulse, which in people with underlying arteriosclerosis of coronary or cerebral arteries, it can precipitate heart attack or stroke. In patients with underlying psychiatric disease, hallucinogens can cause more serious psychotic reactions. ...Read more
Same risks As withou: Same risks of taking them without a transplant. In addition if there is some sort of fungus or bacteria associated with the product this could increase the risk of infection in an immunosuppressed transplant patient. In any case there is certainly no information about this question based on any kind of scientific study. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not cause, but feel: Insufficient performance of serotonin can cause pain to be felt as more severe and less easy to relieve. It's not a 'cause' but things that might not hurt if your levels were adequate - will perhaps. Also your reaction to the pain might be more intense and out of control. Have a psych eval, Dx and Tx. ...Read more
Increases it: It has been proven that 8 weeks of exercise is as effective as 8 weeks of antidepressants on reducing symptoms of depression. It is presumed that exercise does this by raising the amount of available serotonin in our brain. Precisely how it does it is still being worked out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes.: Serotonin is a critical neuro-signaling chemical; a deficiency may result in chronic pains, sleep disturbances, anxiety, depression and a propensity to overeat. Low serotonin levels are found in migraineurs and disorders they suffer with increased frequency including depression, irritable bowel syndrome, as well as, other chronic pain syndromes. The activity of serotonin can be altered with ssris, . ...Read more
Not sure "exactly": Without "exact" measurements of serotonin levels in people who use mdma, it's hard to quantify numerically. But, mdma binds to serotonin transporters in the brain that when functioning normally, remove serotonin from the synapse (space between neurons). The result is increased & prolonged serotonin signal. Also mdma can enter the neuron & cause excessive serotonin release. All this = neurotoxic. ...Read more
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