Researchers Extol The Medical Benefits Of Magic Mushrooms

10704200_e19ddddf2aNot only that, but the researchers at John Hopkins say they’ve found the perfect dosage. Sadly, this looks to be one of those cases in which society lags behind science. Via Yahoo News:

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have been studying the effects of psilocybin, a chemical found in psychedelic mushrooms. Now, they say, they’ve zeroed in on the perfect dosage level to produce transformative mystical and spiritual experiences that offer long-lasting life-changing benefits, while carrying little risk of negative reactions.

The breakthrough could speed the day when doctors use psilocybin–long viewed skeptically for its association with 1960s countercultural thrill-seekers–for a range of valuable clinical functions, like easing the anxiety of terminally ill patients, treating depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, and helping smokers quit.

The Johns Hopkins study involved giving healthy volunteers varying doses of psilocybin in a controlled and supportive setting, over four separate sessions. Looking back more than a year later, 94 percent of participants rated it as one of the top five most spiritually significant experiences of their lifetimes.

More important, 89 percent reported lasting, positive changes in their behavior–better relationships with others, for instance, or increased care for their own mental and physical well-being. Those assessments were corroborated by family members and others.

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  • Hamsanath437

    So what’s the perfect dose?! They don’t say! I want to know.

    • jackedu317

      depends on you… anywhere from 3 – 5 grams is plenty for one… boil them, reduce the liquid, drink and enjoy… just make sure you’re in a comfortable space…

      • Grooveboss

        naked  crossing the freeway 

        • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

          whatever floats your boat

      • h7opolo

        ok NEVER boil them and youll only need half that amount of “cubes”. make some tea like you normally would. let steep for TEN MINUTES (psilocybin degrades at temperatures higher than 100 degrees). add the shrooms, approximately 1 – 2.5 grams, cover, let sit for an HOUR to leach the magic into the tea. then, bottoms up. adding pinches of cloves, cinnamon, and mint leaves will help to avoid any digestive discomfort.

        there is no standard “perfect” dose. you will find it for yourself, what level of effects you enjoy. there is however, an apparently guarded equation to find a dose for what strength you want, which is: body weight x 2.2 lb/kg x 0.0125 g/kg = low dose. use 0.03 g/kg to calculate for medium dose, and 0.06 g/kg for high dose.
        set and setting: know/feel it’s the right time, no second guessing. at night in the quiet of your own home is best.
        let thy mind be purged of the negative thought cycle, and reclaim your inner vision.

    • Honu

      Terrence McKenna said 5 grams of psilocybes was a ‘heroic’ dose.  With that amount apparently you’re guaranteed a meeting with the divine. 

    • GUEST

      30mg for evry 70kg of body weight is the heavest dose they did in the study. doses were 0,5,10,20,30mg 
      http://csp.org/psilocybin/PressRelease201106.pdf
      http://www.springerlink.com/content/u464377x433p5957/ 

  • Hamsanath437

    So what’s the perfect dose?! They don’t say! I want to know.

  • jackedu317

    depends on you… anywhere from 3 – 5 grams is plenty for one… boil them, reduce the liquid, drink and enjoy… just make sure you’re in a comfortable space…

  • Grooveboss

    naked  crossing the freeway 

  • Honu

    Terrence McKenna said 5 grams of psilocybes was a ‘heroic’ dose.  With that amount apparently you’re guaranteed a meeting with the divine. 

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    whatever floats your boat

  • cosmicserpent

    I think it’s all up to you and your psyche

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s all up to you and your psyche

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s all up to you and your psyche

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s all up to you and your psyche

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s all up to you and your psyche

  • DeepCough

    Magic Mushrooms are the shit.

  • DeepCough

    Magic Mushrooms are the shit.

  • Monsterface

    big surprise.. if medicine and spirituality crossed paths that would put an end to everything as we know it.  i’ve eaten mushrooms once.. just sorta fell into my lap.. wasn’t impulsive like it seems, what i meant is i knew when i came across them this particular time that the timing was perfect [well i didnt fully know until afterwards]. i had already had quite a huge, personal spiritual awakening which quite literally transformed me from agnostic to a full-blown believer, so i knew i was in the right spot to venture into this area, whereas before i would have totally been that one having a bad trip.  and let me just say: wow.  that was 2 years ago and was the first time for both my gf & i both.  i don’t know if i will ever use them again.. i may.. i may not.  i really feel completely neutral on it bc it served its purpose for me in my life.  also, to me, i feel differently about it than i do about marijuana because it provides such a powerful, spiritual experience that it is absolutely, IMO, intended to be used when it is necessary, not just for kicks or for fun, although it was fun.  i really respect it too much.  

    another thing to note on this.. if the drug were to be given to patients who doctors thought *needed* to have a spiritual awakening, this could mean all kinds of chaos.. the whole miracle about the spiritual awakening (we can have “experiences” every day multiple times. i think i’ve used the words interchangeably but hopefully some of u will catch my drift) is that it comes at the perfect timing for that particular individual.  with a doctor deciding a patient needs to have a spiritual awakening or experience, this, i think, assumes the role of God, a little.. although one _could_ very well argue God put them in that position to dispense those mushrooms to these certain ppl, but i really don’t see it that way right this moment.  it puts too much power into the hands of man and we’ve had enough of that already.  i believe it is also important, if a person is seeking to have a spiritual awakening or an experience through the use of mushrooms, then that individual has to already be in that spot on their own and must have some spiritual awareness already because although they are called “magic mushrooms,” it won’t wipe away everything you have thought about the spiritual realm your entire life and reprogram your brain, which i think could lead into numerous bad trips if people are seeing things they simply do not understand and have no explanation for.  so, bottom line, if you are intended to have a spiritual awakening with mushrooms, only you will know it.  not your doctor.

  • Monsterface

    big surprise.. if medicine and spirituality crossed paths that would put an end to everything as we know it.  i’ve eaten mushrooms once.. just sorta fell into my lap.. wasn’t impulsive like it seems, what i meant is i knew when i came across them this particular time that the timing was perfect [well i didnt fully know until afterwards]. i had already had quite a huge, personal spiritual awakening which quite literally transformed me from agnostic to a full-blown believer, so i knew i was in the right spot to venture into this area, whereas before i would have totally been that one having a bad trip.  and let me just say: wow.  that was 2 years ago and was the first time for both my gf & i both.  i don’t know if i will ever use them again.. i may.. i may not.  i really feel completely neutral on it bc it served its purpose for me in my life.  also, to me, i feel differently about it than i do about marijuana because it provides such a powerful, spiritual experience that it is absolutely, IMO, intended to be used when it is necessary, not just for kicks or for fun, although it was fun.  i really respect it too much.  

    another thing to note on this.. if the drug were to be given to patients who doctors thought *needed* to have a spiritual awakening, this could mean all kinds of chaos.. the whole miracle about the spiritual awakening (we can have “experiences” every day multiple times. i think i’ve used the words interchangeably but hopefully some of u will catch my drift) is that it comes at the perfect timing for that particular individual.  with a doctor deciding a patient needs to have a spiritual awakening or experience, this, i think, assumes the role of God, a little.. although one _could_ very well argue God put them in that position to dispense those mushrooms to these certain ppl, but i really don’t see it that way right this moment.  it puts too much power into the hands of man and we’ve had enough of that already.  i believe it is also important, if a person is seeking to have a spiritual awakening or an experience through the use of mushrooms, then that individual has to already be in that spot on their own and must have some spiritual awareness already because although they are called “magic mushrooms,” it won’t wipe away everything you have thought about the spiritual realm your entire life and reprogram your brain, which i think could lead into numerous bad trips if people are seeing things they simply do not understand and have no explanation for.  so, bottom line, if you are intended to have a spiritual awakening with mushrooms, only you will know it.  not your doctor.

  • GUEST

    30mg for evry 70kg of body weight is the heavest dose they did in the study. doses were 0,5,10,20,30mg 
    http://csp.org/psilocybin/PressRelease201106.pdf
    http://www.springerlink.com/content/u464377x433p5957/ 

  • h7opolo

    ok NEVER boil them and youll only need half that amount of “cubes”. make some tea like you normally would. let steep for TEN MINUTES (psilocybin degrades at temperatures higher than 100 degrees). add the shrooms, approximately 1 – 2.5 grams, cover, let sit for an HOUR to leach the magic into the tea. then, bottoms up. adding pinches of cloves, cinnamon, and mint leaves will help to avoid any digestive discomfort.

    there is no standard “perfect” dose. you will find it for yourself, what level of effects you enjoy. there is however, an apparently guarded equation to find a dose for what strength you want, which is: body weight x 2.2 lb/kg x 0.0125 g/kg = low dose. use 0.03 g/kg to calculate for medium dose, and 0.06 g/kg for high dose.
    set and setting: know/feel it’s the right time, no second guessing. at night in the quiet of your own home is best.
    let thy mind be purged of the negative thought cycle, and reclaim your inner vision.

  • Hamsanath437

    no but seriously it says they figured out the perfect dose. not just how to ballpark it for weight, etc. I’ve done shrooms before. I don’t really feel the need to do it again, I got what they had to teach me. But I’d be down to give the johns hopkins technique a try

  • Hamsanath437

    no but seriously it says they figured out the perfect dose. not just how to ballpark it for weight, etc. I’ve done shrooms before. I don’t really feel the need to do it again, I got what they had to teach me. But I’d be down to give the johns hopkins technique a try

  • Junkmail2277

    To bad this will never get passed with our corrupt govt. =(

  • Junkmail2277

    To bad this will never get passed with our corrupt govt. =(