Overview

Psilocybin is a psychedelic compound found in "magic mushrooms", often in the Psilocybe genus. It's used in spiritual rituals, recreationally, and as medicine.

Psilocybin has hallucinogenic effects. It can be obtained from both fresh and dried mushrooms in varying concentrations. It can also be created in a lab. There's increased interest in using pure psilocybin for addictions, depression, and other mental and psychological disorders due to its potential to stimulate certain areas of the brain.

People use psilocybin for alcohol use disorder and other addictions, anxiety, depression, migraines, PTSD, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Psilocybin is illegal under federal law in the US. It is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance.
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