WOW! They’re not dubbed “Magic Mushrooms” for nothing.
And if the academic study of the phenomenal little fungi has anything to do with it party goers and magic mushroom devotees will soon find out more about what creates their crazy, mind-blowing trips.
According to the study just one single dose of magic mushrooms have enough power to change a persons personality for more than a few hours. But for at least a whole year!
The personality disruptions were found to be so intense that they were equivalent to the slow changes experienced by people that take decades to occur.
Magic Mushrooms contain an active ingredient called Hallucinogen Psilocybin which can bring about a distinctive personality change in a single dose that can last up to a year.
The magic fungi can be found growing wild throughout parts of the UK, US and in countries including Mexico and Thailand.
Many of the participants of the study still showed signs of changes adfter a year and were likely to remain permanent said study leader Roland R Griffiths at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine.
The volunteers completed two to five eight -hour long drug sessions where they were each encouraged to ‘focus’ on the drugs experience by lying down on a couch using an eye mask to block external vision that might distract them and listen to music while they focused their attention on their inner experiences.
The study revealed that the biggest change was found in the personality known as openness which includes imagination, feelings, abstract ideas and general broad-mindedness.
According to experts, after the age of 30, personality doesn’t usually change significantly.
“Normally, if anything, openness tends to decrease as people get older”, said Mr Griffiths.Who further maintains that personality changes found in this study are likely permanent since they were sustained for over a year by many and controversially speculated that controlled use of the substance could lead to treatments for the depression suffered by cancer patients.
He also speculated that the drug could help people give up smoking.
Nearly all of the participants in the new study considered themselves spiritually active by either participating regularly in religious services, prayer or meditation. More than half Â of the volunteers had postgraduate degrees and all of the participants were considered to be psychologically healthy.
‘We don’t know whether the findings can be generalized to the larger population”, said Mr Griffiths who also noted that ‘some of the study participants reported strong fear or anxiety”, leading him to cautions that if Hallucinogens including Magic Mushrooms are used in less well supervised settings, the possible fear or anxiety responses could lead to harmful behaviors.