Psilocybin, the active ingredient of “magic mushrooms,” expands the mind. After a thousand years of use, that’s now scientifically official. The chemical promoted a mystical experience in two-thirds of people who took it for the first time, according to a new study.
One-third rated a session with psilocybin as the “single most spiritually significant” experience of their lives. Another third put it in the top five.
It confirms what both shamans and hippies have long said — taking psilocybin is a scary, reality-bending and occasionally life-changing experience.
Of the 36 people, 22 had a “complete” mystical experience as judged by several question-based scales used for rating such experiences.
Two-thirds judged it to be among their top five life experiences, equal to the birth of a first child or death of a parent.
Two months after a session, the people who had taken psilocybin reported small but significant positive changes in behavior and attitudes compared with those who had taken Ritalin.