Okay, so what this study is technically saying is that psilocybin has been demonstrated to reduce authoritarian tendencies, but in America? Same fucking diff. It also seems to help reconnect people with nature which falls well within the no fucking shit category. But hey, it’s science, this obvious thing that we’ve always known has to be officially demonstrated. I approve of all of this research. Legalize it y’all. (from PsyPost):
“Psilocybin, the active compound in magic mushrooms, could make people feel more connected to nature and less likely to endorse authoritarian views, according to new research from the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London.
The new study, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, is the first to provide experimental evidence that psilocybin treatment can lead to lasting changes in these attitudes.
Study authors Taylor Lyons and Robin L. Carhart-Harris write that “our findings tentatively raise the possibility that given in this way, psilocybin may produce sustained changes in outlook and political perspective, here in the direction of increased nature relatedness and decreased authoritarianism.”
Psychedelic drugs have been associated with anti-authoritarian countercultures ever since the hippies of the 1960s.
A previous study that surveyed 1,487 individuals found that people who had used classic psychedelics like LSD and magic mushrooms were more likely to report that they enjoyed spending time in nature and were more likely to see themselves as a part of nature.
Another study that surveyed nearly 900 people found that psychedelic drug use was associated with liberal and libertarian political views, higher levels of openness to new experiences, and greater nature relatedness.
But Lyons and Carhart-Harris wanted to know whether psilocybin use actually promoted anti-authoritarianism and nature relatedness — or whether psilocybin use was a consequence of it.”