The pharmacology of psilocybin
Article first published online: 9 JUN 2006
Volume 7, Issue 4, pages 357–364, October 2002
How to Cite
Passie, T., Seifert, J., Schneider, U. and Emrich, H. M. (2002), The pharmacology of psilocybin. Addiction Biology, 7: 357–364. doi: 10.1080/1355621021000005937
- Issue published online: 9 JUN 2006
- Article first published online: 9 JUN 2006
- Received for publication 15th October 2001. Accepted 30th May 2002.
Psilocybin (4-phosphoryloxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine) is the major psychoactive alkaloid of some species of mushrooms distributed worldwide.These mushrooms represent a growing problem regarding hallucinogenic drug abuse. Despite its experimental medical use in the 1960s, only very few pharmacological data about psilocybin were known until recently. Because of its still growing capacity for abuse and the widely dispersed data this review presents all the available pharmacological data about psilocybin.