Magic Mushrooms Can Change Your Personality
Researchers gave participants moderate to high doses of the hallucinogen psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms.They measured participants’ personalities before and after administering the dosages over a period . The researchers found that almost 60% of participants experienced a significant personality change that lasted at least a year.
Researchers noticed that these participants scored higher in terms of openness. Openness includes traits related to imagination, such as aesthetics, feelings, abstract ideas and general broad-mindedness.
Johns Hopkins professor of psychiatry and study leader Roland R Griffiths noted that “openness” is a trait that often decreases as people age.
Typically, personality doesn’t change after age 30.
Despite the positive personality changes, Griffiths warns the general public to take the results with a grain of salt. The study had only 51 participants, and may not translate to the general population’s reaction to magic mushrooms. Nevertheless, this is a phenomenon that should be studied.
The Journal of Psychopharmacology published the 2011 study. More recent research links psilocybin usage to easing anxiety and depression in cancer patients.
The National Institute on drug abuse funded the study in part with the Council on Spiritual practices, the Heffer Research Institute and the Betsy Gordon Foundation.