Scientists believe that psilocybin mushrooms place people into a ‘waking’ dream state. The reasons for this are that these mushrooms create brain states that usually only occur when a person is sleeping. A Research concludes that there is increased brain function in areas of the brain that are associated with emotion, due to the lack of cerebral blood flow to the default mode network. These same areas that are associated with emotion and memory also have increased functionality during dreaming.
Analyzing the biological similarities and differences of psilocybin use and dreaming not only allows researchers to gain an understanding of the functionality of the brain, but also opens up the doors for using psilocybin mushrooms for depression and anxiety. It may seem counterintuitive to prescribe a Psicodelic that would increase functionality in the part of the brain that controls emotions, but a neural connectivity studied by Doctors speaks to its possible efficacy.
Studies have shown that depression can be linked to REM sleep dysregulation . A possible area of study for the future would be to see if placing people into a waking dream state using psilocybin could treat depression and anxiety.
Scientists also believes that people with these diseases suffer from a strict theory of mind and sense of self due to increased areas of the DMN, such as the posterior cingulate cortex and prefrontal cortex,psilocybin could reduce the functionality of these brain regions, it is possible that people with depression and anxiety would see the world in a different way.
Studies have shown that psilocybin has a major effect on the default mode network (DMN).The default mode network consists of the medial temporal lobe, medial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC), posterior cingulate cortex (PCC), and parts of the parietal cortex (Carhart-Harris et al., 2012). These parts of the brain working together are important for integration of sensory information. The default mode network is engaged during self-reflection, complex mental imagery, and theory of mind. When in a normal conscious state, the default mode network allows us to perceive images around us in a precise and constrained way. Normal integration of these key brain networks also gives people their sense of self (Carhart-Harris et al., 2012). Based on research, it can be seen that psilocybin produces similar physiological and neurobiological similarities in the body as dreaming during REM sleep.
But how do dreams seem after tripping on Mushrooms ?
People have reported experiencing more lucid dreams after tripping on stronger or higher doses of 3–4 grams of dried shrooms. One psilocybin mushroom user narrated his experience online.
“When I closed my eyes, I would dream that easily. Instantaneous. When I opened them, things from my dream would still be there… I tried to balance an enormous sphere that represented sanity and if it tilted, terror would surge through me.”
Psilocybin’s effect on the body will make it impossible to doze off while you’re tripping. Let the drug run through its natural course.
You can experience firsthand how magic mushrooms affect sleep and dreams. Order some magic truffles online and see how lucid your dreams can become.