Binding affinity studies show psilocin and psilocybin have different preferences for serotonin receptors.
You may have heard of magic mushrooms or even consumed them. But what are they?
Data analysis and gene expression maps confirm the role of the 5-HT2A receptor in the effects of LSD.
Psilocin makes neurons grow faster and produce more connections.
A study in the mouse brain shows serotonin neurons are organized into parallel subsystems.
Seldom mentioned in scientific literature, Aeruginascin is closely structurally related to psilocybin, the most well-known psychoactive compound in "magic" mushrooms.
There are many compounds closely resembling psilocybin from a chemical structure standpoint, but pharmacological information about these psilocybin derivatives is few and far between.
Many anecdotal reports suggest that different species of magic mushrooms result in different effects for the user, but other psilocybin-like compounds present in mushrooms have been largely ignored.
"Blue bruising" is one of the most famous features of psilocybin-containing mushrooms. In this article, we explore the chemistry of blue bruising and propose a mechanism for the chemical reaction that causes this unique effect.
The metabolism of psilocybin (and psilocin) is frequently cited. But, the supporting references are seldom discussed.