Psychedelics Could Help End the Obesity Epidemic

Psilocybin could soon help millions of people tackle obesity and eating disorders.

At the moment, the global obesity epidemic is still bursting at the seams. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) obesity has tripled in size over the last 50 years. In 2016, they note, 1.9 billion adults were overweight around the world. Of those, 650 million were considered obese. Just in the U.S., nearly 34% of adults and up to 20% of children are obese. By 2030, almost half of U.S. adults will be considered obese.  By 2030, almost half of U.S. adults will be considered obese.

Along with such weight issues, there can be complications with heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and several types of cancer.¬† However, a solution may be found in psychedelics such as psilocybin, which activates serotonin receptors, or “nature’s own appetite suppressant,” as noted by Psychology Today. “This powerful brain chemical curbs cravings and shuts off appetite. It makes you feel satisfied even if your stomach is not full. The result is eating less and losing weight.”