Study: A Single Magic Mushroom Trip Causes Long-Term Positive Changes To Personality

Dutchban6-2006-2In a John Hopkins study, a majority of people who took a single dose of psilocybin were more imaginative, sensitive, and tolerant towards others for months afterward. In other words, psilocybin needs to remain illegal because it’s a threat to society. Via MedPage Today:

Many individuals who took a single dose of psilocybin — the active ingredient in what the drug culture calls “magic mushrooms” — showed alterations in personality characteristics, largely for the better, that persisted for more than a year, a prospective scientific study showed.

Participant…tended to show increases in the personality dimension known as openness, according to Katherine A. MacLean, PhD, and colleagues at Johns Hopkins University. Openness is generally considered a positive characteristic and includes such traits as aesthetic appreciation and sensitivity, imagination, intellectual engagement, and awareness of feelings in themselves and others.

The findings were consistent with previous studies and anecdotal reports from psilocybin users, who have said the drug changed their interactions with the world long after the acute effects wore off, MacLean and colleagues said.

Psilocybin is obtained from a variety of mushrooms and acts at the serotonin 5-HT2A receptor. It exploded in popularity for inducing “mind-expanding” hallucinatory experiences in the 1960s. Among the purported benefits are increased creativity, greater appreciation of music and visual art, and more tolerance of other people.

The current research involved 52 adult volunteers, whose self-described motivations were generally “curiosity about the effects of psilocybin and the opportunity for extensive self-reflection.”

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  • TurkeyFarmer

    MDMA has some of the very same affects.

  • TurkeyFarmer

    MDMA has some of the very same affects.

    • MoralDrift

      but..but.but! MDMA is a synthetic meth-amphetamine type drug, Psilocybin is all naturale

  • Anonymous

    but..but.but! MDMA is a synthetic meth-amphetamine type drug, Psilocybin is all naturale

  • Ahmacrom

    Mushrooms are a threat to society. They make you smarter, less fearful, and you would probably come up with some ideas that would CHANGE society. For the better.  A close minded shut out shut down society with no novelty mechanism firing in their brains, would have a freak out.  

  • Ahmacrom

    Mushrooms are a threat to society. They make you smarter, less fearful, and you would probably come up with some ideas that would CHANGE society. For the better.  A close minded shut out shut down society with no novelty mechanism firing in their brains, would have a freak out.  

  • Nunzio X

    My experiences with this substance have been almost universally positive, and the “negative” experiences weren’t too negative and resulted from my taking the mushroom when I knew the “set and setting” wasn’t optimal.

    The ‘shrooms, when taken with respect and under the right set and setting, are great teachers. So, yeah—-the article isn’t surprising.

  • Nunzio X

    My experiences with this substance have been almost universally positive, and the “negative” experiences weren’t too negative and resulted from my taking the mushroom when I knew the “set and setting” wasn’t optimal.

    The ‘shrooms, when taken with respect and under the right set and setting, are great teachers. So, yeah—-the article isn’t surprising.

  • Anonymous

    After reading the article, it should be said that all of these people were those who both expressed an interest in taking psilocybin mushrooms and they regularly practiced some form of prayer or meditation. In addition, they all scored at least one standard deviation below on the neurotic scale. So self selection was certainly a factor.

    That being said, this just means we need more research!

  • MoralDrift

    After reading the article, it should be said that all of these people were those who both expressed an interest in taking psilocybin mushrooms and they regularly practiced some form of prayer or meditation. In addition, they all scored at least one standard deviation below on the neurotic scale. So self selection was certainly a factor.

    That being said, this just means we need more research!

  • Guest

    I wish I knew where to get some mushrooms, I would love to be able to have that kind of experience. 

    • iPINCH

      you can grow them yourself. The spores of the mushrooms are not illegal only psilocybin is, which the spores do not contain . You can purchase them online and the growing equipment which is also not illegal just google magic mushroom of psilocybin. Just be very careful with the dose and do your research in what the mushroom really represents. I did all my research and am just waiting for a better time in my life to experiment with them again. Too many squares around. Timing and dose and setting are everything. Everything needs to be very clean for them to grow.

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

      Your best bet is to fly to Amsterdam and get them there. 600 bucks for a plane ticket, 20 bucks for the shrooms, and when I was last there, it was 50 euro for a red window girl that looked a lot like Liv Tyler (especially after the shrooms).

      The PF technique has been successfully used by many people (including the fbi) but it’s not for everyone.

      Southern cow pastures and someone who knows what they’re looking at are the easiest route.

  • Guest

    I wish I knew where to get some mushrooms, I would love to be able to have that kind of experience. 

  • iPINCH

    you can grow them yourself. The spores of the mushrooms are not illegal only psilocybin is, which the spores do not contain . You can purchase them online and the growing equipment which is also not illegal just google magic mushroom of psilocybin. Just be very careful with the dose and do your research in what the mushroom really represents. I did all my research and am just waiting for a better time in my life to experiment with them again. Too many squares around. Timing and dose and setting are everything. Everything needs to be very clean for them to grow.

  • Haystack

    Imaginative? Sensitive? Tolerant? See, this is the problem. They need to start releasing studies saying that psychedelics make you docile, greedy, and xenophobic or they’ll never be legalized. 

  • Haystack

    Imaginative? Sensitive? Tolerant? See, this is the problem. They need to start releasing studies saying that psychedelics make you docile, greedy, and xenophobic or they’ll never be legalized. 

  • Haystack

    Imaginative? Sensitive? Tolerant? See, this is the problem. They need to start releasing studies saying that psychedelics make you docile, greedy, and xenophobic or they’ll never be legalized. 

  • Okarin

    with what the drug does to your mind, it’s a saying that traveling is the best educational experience

  • Okarin

    with what the drug does to your mind, it’s a saying that traveling is the best educational experience

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Your best bet is to fly to Amsterdam and get them there. 600 bucks for a plane ticket, 20 bucks for the shrooms, and when I was last there, it was 50 euro for a red window girl that looked a lot like Liv Tyler (especially after the shrooms).

    The PF technique has been successfully used by many people (including the fbi) but it’s not for everyone.

    Southern cow pastures and someone who knows what they’re looking at are the easiest route.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Your best bet is to fly to Amsterdam and get them there. 600 bucks for a plane ticket, 20 bucks for the shrooms, and when I was last there, it was 50 euro for a red window girl that looked a lot like Liv Tyler (especially after the shrooms).

    The PF technique has been successfully used by many people (including the fbi) but it’s not for everyone.

    Southern cow pastures and someone who knows what they’re looking at are the easiest route.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Your best bet is to fly to Amsterdam and get them there. 600 bucks for a plane ticket, 20 bucks for the shrooms, and when I was last there, it was 50 euro for a red window girl that looked a lot like Liv Tyler (especially after the shrooms).

    The PF technique has been successfully used by many people (including the fbi) but it’s not for everyone.

    Southern cow pastures and someone who knows what they’re looking at are the easiest route.

  • AndyM

    I can confirm this from personal experience.

  • AndyM

    I can confirm this from personal experience.

  • Johns Hopkins

    Johns Hopkins.  With an “S” on the end of each word.  Just like it’s spelled in the article you cited.

  • Johns Hopkins

    Johns Hopkins.  With an “S” on the end of each word.  Just like it’s spelled in the article you cited.

  • Johns Hopkins

    Johns Hopkins.  With an “S” on the end of each word.  Just like it’s spelled in the article you cited.

  • Acriccardo

    There are certainly positive effects, as well as negative. I remember a friend of mine on Magic Mushrooms who saw people as Demons. They were convinced they would stay stupid forever and in response to this thought ended up staying in their room the entire night while we had our fun. Also, the food poisoning part of the situation is very unpleasant and can lead to people being turned off from the drug or it could cause negative side effects. Granted, those who have bad “trips” usually have a pre-determined reason…such as a bad day, or something negative on their mind…etc.

  • Acriccardo

    There are certainly positive effects, as well as negative. I remember a friend of mine on Magic Mushrooms who saw people as Demons. They were convinced they would stay stupid forever and in response to this thought ended up staying in their room the entire night while we had our fun. Also, the food poisoning part of the situation is very unpleasant and can lead to people being turned off from the drug or it could cause negative side effects. Granted, those who have bad “trips” usually have a pre-determined reason…such as a bad day, or something negative on their mind…etc.