- The chemical "psilocybin"' found in magic mushrooms could be used to treat depression
- Psilocybin causes the introspective region of our brain to become less active
- Experiencing a "mystical mental state" could free people from addictions
(CNN)Think of psychedelics and you'll likely think of bright colors, hallucinations, spirituality, and an overall "mystical" experience. For centuries these drugs have been used in social, religious and medicinal contexts by cultures across the globe. But today, the ability of these drugs to alter our brain function is being tapped into as a potential therapeutic for a range of mental health conditions from anxiety and depression to addiction and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).