Magic Mushrooms Give Magic Experience
Johns Hopkins is a pretty famous place for research. And apparently the researchers at Johns Hopkins wanted to have some fun.
So they did a very rigorous study with “sacred mushrooms,” which can induce mystical or spiritual experiences, such as the ones people have reported for centuries.
The mushroom, called psilocybin, mimics the effect of serotonin (also impacted by antidepressants) on brain receptors.
In the study, more than 60 percent of the subjects described the effects of eating the mushroom in ways that met criteria for a “full mystical experience” as measured by established psychological scales.
One third said the experience was the single most spiritually significant of their lifetimes; and more than two-thirds rated it among their five most meaningful and spiritually significant.
The lead researcher said subjects liken it to the importance of the birth of their first child or the death of a parent.
Two months later, 79 percent of subjects reported moderately or greatly increased well-being or life satisfaction compared with those given a placebo at the same test session. A majority said their mood, attitudes and behaviors had changed for the better. Structured interviews with family members, friends and co-workers generally confirmed the subjects’ remarks. Results of a year-long followup are being readied for publication.
Now, don't get me wrong here. Dope is not good for you, and I don't recommend you eating hallucinogenic mushrooms.
The long-term effects of this mushroom remains to be seen. Clearly they cause your brain to go gazonkas and be happier than you should be.
But this is an interesting study which increases our understanding of the human brain.
Long periods of fasting and solitude also increases the possibility for "mystical" experiences. This is something that has been practiced since biblical times. No mushrooms needed, just starvation, to reach nirvana.