June 24, 2011

 

Geeky Stats About Magic Mushrooms

by Kevin Drum | Mother Jones

UPDATE: Here's a follow-up post on whether magic mushrooms can bring you closer to God.

Here's something a little offbeat for a Friday morning. A team of researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has recently documented a safe, long-lasting way of improving both your life and your personal feelings of well-being: shrooms.

Mushrooms

Or, more precisely, psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms. Here's the boring news first: ingesting psilocybin produces a mystical experience that can be quantified. "Noetic quality," for example, increased from 19.4 on a placebo to 70.6 on the highest dose used in the study. "Transcendence of space and time" increased from 18.3 to 78.2. Etc. You probably already knew that.

For the complete article, go to http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2011/06/magic-mushrooms-safe-still-illegal.