PTSD and depression have plagued our troops from the beginning of time. Often, it seems to me, that we treat them with anti-depressants. Then we treat the side-effects of those drugs with more drugs. This doesn’t make sense.

Now, Silo Wellness, an Oregon company, has developed a nasal spray that makes micro-dosing easier for people fighting PTSD and depression. 

The spray uses a substance called psilocybin which is found in some fungi species (mushrooms). Psilocybin mushrooms are heavily regulated or prohibited in many countries and their possession often carries severe legal penalties. This nasal spray may eventually become available but it is currently illegal in the United States.

So how does it work?

The nasal spray passes the gut, going directly to the bloodstream through the nasal mucus membranes, and is eventually metabolized in the liver. This prevents nauseousness, a commonly experienced side-effect of psilocybin. Additionally, this absorption pathway drastically cuts down on the time until the patient feels the drug’s effects.

Board Advisor and Silo Wellness investor Becky Rotterman, who is also a Missouri pharmacist, stated that “Many psilocybin patients, particularly women, complain of upset stomach or vomiting when taking high-doses of mushrooms.”

“We want to bring this wonderful natural medicine first to Oregon and then the flyover states – to those who would be afraid to eat a handful of fungi and who feel more comfortable seeing their medicine in a familiar delivery modality, such as a metered-dose nasal spray.”

Currently, the VA is treating persons with PTSD and depression with a microdose of medical mushrooms in pill form. 

We spoke to a recently-retired Special Forces Command sergeant major who is currently taking mushroom microdoses under the VA’s care. He explained how much they are helping him cope with life. He believes that with the proper controls in place, this treatment could be implemented for active-duty troops.

Taking the correct dosage is vital. Many patients end up “stacking.” Since the first dose takes some time to take effect, the patient consumes more, only to then find they have taken too much.