Magic mushrooms have always been favored by some drug users. Now, one analysis finds that the same mushrooms might have uses in psychotherapy. The research discovered that religious individuals that took psilocybin, the active drug in magic mushrooms, noted mystical experiences and better life fulfillment 14 months later. Resource for this article: Controlled magic mushroom doses could have psychotherapeutic uses
Taking a look at Psilocybin
There are over 60 subjects studied in a study posted by the Journal with five head researchers. The subjects all reported extensive participation in religious activities in their everyday lives and no experience with hallucinogens. The group chosen to get the ingredients was put on a couch, given a high dose of the drug with an eye mask and headphones for between five and eight hours. There were five times when the subjects got treatment. It occurred regularly.
For the subjects who did receive active psilocybin doses, personality changes and improvements were noted more than 51 percent of the time. More than 30 participants noted "more open" personalities, including a willingness to be more open about feelings and emotions. More than 65 percent of participants noted their experiences while on psilocybin as being one of the "five most spiritually significant encounters of their lives." Those in the research were more satisfied with life also. They had an increase in well-being. The effects weren’t noted for a long time. It was over 14 months after the incidents occurred.
Old narcotics being used
When referring to “magic mushrooms” or “God’s Flesh,” people are talking about psilocybin, which is the active ingredient. Magic mushrooms are just one of several narcotics being studied for their potential utilizes in treating anything from cancer, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and a host of other psychological disorders. Ecstasy, LSD and magic mushrooms are all being studied to see how they can help people.
SAGE Journals Online: http://jop.sagepub.com/content/22/6/621.abstract
CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20113333-10391704.html
ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/magic-mushrooms-lead-open-mindedness/story?id=14623870