Scientists in America have discovered that a taking a single dose of the hallucinogen psilocybin, the ingredient found in magic mushrooms, can improve a user’s personality permanently.
Study chief Roland R. Griffiths from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine said 60% of users expanded their ‘openness’ after using psilocybin, countering previous beliefs that people’s personality traits were largely fixed throughout their lives.
“Remarkably, this study shows that psilocybin actually changes one domain of personality that is strongly related to traits such as imagination, feeling, abstract ideas and aesthetics, and is considered a core construct underlying creativity in general," Doctor Griffiths told USA Today, "And the changes we see appear to be long-term." (USA Today: http://usat.ly/nBL1Ni )
The latest findings provide belated vindication for English pop magazine NME which in 2004 threw their editorial support behind the then legal ‘natural high’ in a controversial guide called 'NME's top tips for top trips’.
"In '67 it was LSD, Sgt Pepper and Vietnam; in '88 it was ecstasy, acid house and the Tory jackboot; and in '04 it's legally purchased 'ornamental' mushrooms, shroomadelica and having the modern day Ghengis Khan (George Bush) in the White House,” said NME.
“Turn on, tune in, drop out and get 'shroomed up, as the Third Summer of Love kicks off,” they urged.
Following protests from the usual anti-drug media suspects, then NME editor Connor McNicholas was unrepentant.
“The fact is a minority of young people will at some stage in their lives experiment with drugs,” said Connor, “You have to talk in a way that young people will relate to- you don’t want someone coming on like your mum or dad and being told not to do certain things.”
http://bit.ly/qW4fOu (The Guardian on NME on Magic mushrooms)
http://www.talktofrank.com/drugs.aspx?id=168 (UK government magic mushroom stuff)
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