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What are medical mushrooms?

Since we first started offering Cordyceps mushrooms on our website, people have asked us about various mushrooms and their benefits. And some ask, “What are medical mushrooms?”

Many years ago, when the regulatory environment was not as restrictive of natural products, medicines using mushrooms were popular. Now, many natural healers from the mushroom family are making a comeback with mushrooms for weight loss, mushrooms for anxiety, PTSD, and depression, plus mushrooms for boosting your immune system.

The team at Carolina Hemp Hut hopes to help more people appreciate the differences in various products from natural. In this issue of Potheadz, we take the plunge into the fun guy world of fungi.

Mushrooms for Weight Loss
Mushrooms for Weight Loss? What else is next? Mushrooms are the next big thing with natural health. We stay abreast of the medical research. This issue of Potheadz provides the basics of "What are medical mushrooms?"

Mushrooms have several potential health benefits, including:

  1. Boosting the immune system: Mushrooms contain beta-glucans, which are compounds that can help boost the immune system and improve the body’s ability to fight off infections and diseases.

  2. Reducing inflammation: Some mushrooms, such as shiitake and maitake, contain compounds that can help reduce inflammation in the body.

  3. Lowering blood pressure: Some mushrooms, such as Agaricus blazei, have been found to have blood pressure-lowering effects.

  4. Improving heart health: Mushrooms contain compounds that can help reduce cholesterol levels and improve overall heart health.

  5. Supporting weight loss: Mushrooms are low in calories and high in fiber, which can make them a helpful addition to a weight loss diet.

  6. Cancer prevention: Some studies have found that certain mushrooms may have anticancer properties and may help prevent the development of certain types of cancer.

  7. PTSD: 

More research is needed to fully understand the potential health benefits of mushrooms.

Anecdotally, mushroom blends including Cordyceps have been shown to help people improve performance in the gym and romantically.  We would love input from our customers as to how mushrooms from an herbal medicine perspective have helped you.

Psilocybin, a psychedelic compound found in certain mushrooms, is being studied as a potential treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Psilocybin has been found to have positive effects on reducing symptoms of PTSD, such as reducing anxiety, depression, and improving mood.

Several studies have shown that psilocybin-assisted therapy may be effective in treating PTSD. One study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that a single dose of psilocybin significantly reduced symptoms of PTSD in patients with treatment-resistant PTSD.

Psilocybin is currently a Schedule I controlled substance in the United States, which means it is illegal to possess, use, or distribute it. Additionally, more research is needed to determine the safety and efficacy of psilocybin-assisted therapy for PTSD, and it is not currently approved for this use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Since we are in the business of helping people, we want to ensure that people know the use of psychedelics should not be taken lightly and it should be done under the supervision of medical professionals in a controlled setting.