Scientists Can Measure “Mystical” Effects Of Magic Mushrooms

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According to one group of researchers, the “mystical experience” that comes from psilocybin (or “magic”) mushrooms can now be scientifically measured and studied — something that has not been possible in years previous. This ability has been long sought after, ever since the synthesization of LSD in the 1930s, and it comes from an interest in the use of hallucinogens to treat certain mental disorders. There has not been a proper, scientific way to analyze these effects — until now.

The “mystical experience”

The so-called mystical experience that comes with using a hallucinogenic drug (such as magic mushrooms) is defined by its four characteristics: mysticism, positive mood, transcendence of time and space, and ineffability. Mysticism is described as a feeling of sacredness or unity with the things around you, while ineffability describes an experience that words cannot explain.

The researchers developed a questionnaire to establish how intense a mystical experience is. Participants were fed specific, measured amounts of psilocybin and then answered the thirty questions within this questionnaire. It asks participants to describe things such as how close to ultimate reality they are, what their current awareness level is like, and so on.

According to the scientists behind it, this questionnaire can actually help establish what the longer term effects will be of using psilocybin. For example, the more “intense” a person’s mystical experience is, the more likely they are going to have an improved feeling of wellbeing months later from the psilocybin.

Psilocybin and the brain

Of course, more research is needed before we fully understand what is behind these mystical experiences. Scientists do know, however, that brain activity decreases in the area that is thought to be associated with the ego, or the sense of self. That said, an increase in brain activity elsewhere simultaneously takes place — showing a dream-like state.

This brain activity has led to the word “psychointegrator” being used to describe certain psychedelic drugs, including psilocybin, because of the way they affect the brain. Of course, the effect varies according to what condition (psychologically speaking) your brain is in when the psilocybin is consumed. This aspect can be better understood through the questionnaire. That, in turn, could lead to a better classification and analysis of the various effects, and then could potentially be put to use to help treat certain psychological ailments.

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October 19, 2016 |
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