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Magic Mushrooms change personality 'for the better'

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magic-mushroomsPEOPLE who use magic mushrooms just once become more open with their feelings and ideas, according to new research.

 

A study by a team at Johns Hopkins University of Medicine in Baltimore, showed just one dose of the active ingredient Psilocybin increased the user's aesthetic sensibilities, conferring on them a lasting personality change.

Those who underwent mystic experiences while taking the mushrooms were more likely to show increases in a personality trait of "openness," which is related to creativity, artistic appreciation and curiosity, according to the study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

The change was still in place a year later, suggesting a long-term effect.

Roland R. Griffiths, who tested 51 subjects, said: “Remarkably, this study shows that psilocybin actually changes one domain of personality that is strongly related to traits such as imagination, feeling, abstract ideas and aesthetics, and is considered a core construct underlying creativity in general. And the changes we see appear to be long-term.”

Magic mushrooms are hallucinogens native to tropical and subtropical regions of South America, Mexico and the United States.

The fungi were favored by former Harvard psychologist Timothy Leary, who founded the Harvard Psilocybin Project, and explored by '60s writer and anthropologist Carlos Castaneda.

Psilocybin mushrooms are a schedule I substance in the United States, which means the government considers them to have a high potential for abuse and no legitimate medical purpose, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

But Jerome Jaffe, M.D.,who served as the first White House Drug Czar, said: “The Hopkins psilocybin studies clearly demonstrate that this route to the mystical is not to be walked alone, but they have also demonstrated significant and lasting benefits.”


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