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Can Psychoactive Psilocybin Cure Social Rejection? No, But it Can Ease Our Minds

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This article was originally posted on Inverse.

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By Kastalia Medrano

We all experience social rejection differently. Some shrug it off; others dwell on it, feeling the hurt for days and months after relatively minor incidents. Those feelings, which can start a negative feedback loop, are hard to control, hard to understand, and, according to a new study, treatable with with psilocybin, the psychoactive substance in “magic mushrooms.” The research represents another in a series of studies indicating that potent hallucinogens, which can be difficult to study because of substance control statutes, might have measurable health benefits.

Inverse spoke to lead researcher Katrin Preller, who published her work in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences about the practical application of psilocybin and the broader applicability of her research.

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