Tuesday, 01 Jul, 2008 Science
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Scientists Find Long-term Benefits in Psychedelic Drug

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A study revealed that an illegal drug psilocybin has long-term positive effects on an individual's well-being.

Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic substance derived from certain types of mushrooms and is considered illegal, claimed to have a high potential for abuse in the United States.

The study conducted at a Johns Hopkins University laboratory began in 2002 with the first results being published in 2006.

During the experiment, 36 men and women who took the drug were monitored during an eight-hour laboratory visit and two months later. In the new study scientists followed up the volunteers a year after the experiment.

Scientists found that the volunteers taking the drug reported that their experience made them feel better even 14 months after the study took place. Almost two-thirds of the participants of the study said that they experienced one of the five most spiritually strong feelings.

Experts warn that it doesn't mean that people can use the mushroom drug by themselves as it can be quite dangerous. Many participants also reported feelings of fear even under a proper supervision in the laboratory.

Further research of the psilocybin may be helpful in treatment of such conditions as alcoholism or drug addiction as well as a useful drug for seriously ill patients to deal with distress.

Roland Griffiths, the leading author of the study said that 64 percent of the participants reported about improved well-being, life-satisfaction and behavior 14 months after the experiment. Volunteers also said that they felt more self-confident, positive, affectionate, tolerant and creative.

The previous analysis proved that two months after taking the drug, family and friends of the participants also confirmed the behavior changes.

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44 votes

//17 Jul 14, 2008 04:18 AM | posted by: Brian
I had a similar experience to yours, James. Afterwards I too began doubting some of my thoughts, sensations, and reality. Since then I have caught myself wondering if the things or people I have been seeing are actually real. I also have had more anxiety since the trip, which was about six months ago. I have been working through it as well and feel better about it than I did before. I would be interested in hearing more about your trip/experiences. Shrooms are very powerful and must be treated with caution.
47 votes

//16 Jul 07, 2008 01:41 AM | posted by: Koster
Have any of you ever cought the Unicorn?
46 votes

//15 Jul 02, 2008 10:28 PM | posted by: James
I took a mushroom trip recently, not my first, and it gave me a huge paradigm shift. I left behind a lot of self entitlement and gained a sort of another motivation in life. It was a really gainful life experience.

The thing is, that it was a bad trip. I mean, it sucked. I pissed all over my friend's couch and couldn't control my spiraling emotions because I thought I was dead. I couldn't recognize my friends around me or even believe they were real.

I lost a lot of confidence in my thought and sensory processing, and as a result I feel like I can't talk right - and I often slur my words now. I'm working on getting things back to normal.
45 votes

//14 Jul 02, 2008 10:01 PM | posted by: waterproof
ditto to most posts, I have not done any shrooms in over 25 years but the enlightenment they shed way back then has helped me have a great life. I recommend reading Carlos Castenada's "Don Juan, a Yaqui way of life" and it's sequels.
49 votes

//13 Jul 02, 2008 07:08 PM | posted by: solidox
"While psylocybin is actually toxic if take in large doses and may not be physically good for you, the psychological benefit is immeasurable."

While being well intentioned you are also mistaken. Psilocybin isn't toxic in basically any amount. Sure, you can die from aspirin if you take enough of it, but psilocybin is not toxic in any way. You must be mistaken them with Amanita Muscaria, the red one with white dots, which is another thing, toxic in high doses, but still not really dangerous if you read up on it.
43 votes

//12 Jul 02, 2008 04:08 PM | posted by: Ryzata [InfoTOT]
srry for double post, i apologize, and now it's a triple post, still worth reading twice, am i right, of coarse i am

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47 votes

//11 Jul 02, 2008 04:06 PM | posted by: Ryzata [InfoTOT]
Yea, I haven't tripped in years, wish i could find some now, anyways, I found that while coming down from shrooms i would re-examine my life a lot and find changes that needed to be made. Of coarse the mushrooms can't fix your problems, and while they may help find solutions it's ultimately up to the user to take control of his/her reality. The mushrooms seem to twist that reality around for a little while, and the user can see their life from a different perspective, and seeing their life that way they might come to make great realizations.

Ryzata
myspace.com/ryzatamusic
45 votes

//10 Jul 02, 2008 06:14 AM | posted by: That Shroom Language
Sure, mushrooms are an interesting time. They'll make you re-examine everything you ever thought you knew about reality. However, what I find more interesting than the mind-blowing perspective shifts and this so called, post-trip euphoria stuff, is the effect Psilocybin has on one's linguistic abilities. I've ready some vague studies, sure. But what I'm referring to is my first hand experiences with lower threshold doses, Doses of just .5 grams, made my ability to learn and process a new language improve tremendously. Quite interesting stuff.
50 votes

//9 Jul 02, 2008 05:04 AM | posted by: Spanxo
Yeah shrooms rule. Every time I experience this feeling that we are all connected, just lke the way the mushrooms that grow up through the surface, but are part of one larger fungi.

It always seems really profound at the time.
45 votes

//8 Jul 02, 2008 04:01 AM | posted by: Mikey
Yep, the good old reset button for our brain. I don't need a study though to confirm what I eye opening and grounding experience.
42 votes

//7 Jul 02, 2008 03:13 AM | posted by: Awesome
Most of the the research into psylocybin falls on deaf ears. While psylocybin is actually toxic if take in large doses and may not be physically good for you, the psychological benefit is immeasurable.

Of course what most people miss (in this day and age of nanny governments controlling substances) is that for this therapeutic effect you need Set and Setting.

You cant just take it a start to feel good. You have to direct your high and be open minded and reasonably rational / sane.

The worst thing in the world would be for a stupid person to take it while on an alcohol binge, desperate to get mashed in the head.

Totally missing the point of mushrooms.
55 votes

//6 Jul 02, 2008 03:00 AM | posted by: oxo
Vitamin M as I used to call them. :-)

Psilocybin is truly a gift from the gods, but its important to take it in a psychologically and physically safe way. The anti-drug hysteria currently eveloping much of the planet makes that difficult, but not impossible.
56 votes

//5 Jul 02, 2008 02:35 AM | posted by: Brunny
Um, I seriously wouldn't recommend mushrooms for seriously ill patients to deal with distress. I really can't think of anything worse to give someone who is distressed!
37 votes

//4 Jul 02, 2008 01:34 AM | posted by: John
I have to say I agree with these statements, my brief foray into the world of magic mushrooms was a fantastic experience and I genuinely attribute the 'trip' to a kind of enlightenment in my life, not a religious thing by any means but a maturing and personal growth thing. I would recommend it to anyone.
46 votes

//3 Jul 02, 2008 12:29 AM | posted by: Joe
had some of my most happy moment in life with magic mushrooms as they're called here in Holland. Be with a couple of your best mates, in a natural setting, preferably where you could build a camp fire and you will be sure to experience some of the best things life has to offer. It's not about the "drug-taking", it's about being incredibly close to nature and your friends. If you can get past the awful taste the effect will surely be a positive one if you are at ease with your surroundings and the people you're with. I can recommend it!
42 votes

//2 Jul 01, 2008 11:22 PM | posted by: tripper
Everyone needs to eat these mushrooms. They will shed their individualist mindsets and become more in touch with their fellow man, leading to peaceful cooperation and the fall of evil governments.

Unfortunately, people will watch American Idol instead and focus on criticizing others instead of supporting them.

So sad.....
46 votes

//1 Jul 01, 2008 08:24 PM | posted by: colin syme
I regularly eat "wild mushrooms"(not the illegal sort) and experience feelings of well being, this is most likely because they are Ј15 kg in the shops,---takes me 2-3 hours to pick and get out with my dog in the woods.

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