Maybe the stereotype of dosing on shrooms is a post-grad trip where you met your soul mate at a full-moon party, but we all know the history, depth and benefits of a shroom trip go beyond a giggly and ‘far-out’ time.
Psilocybin has long been a tool for sacred journeys, self-awareness and discovery. Almost every country worldwide has a had a sacred relationship with the magic of magic mushrooms. Ranging from Sharan Indigenous Tribes in North Africa to Aztec history, magic mushrooms have played a pivotal role as a spiritual and cultural foundation for many.
Whether you’re biting into some Scooby Snacks, or sipping on shroom tea to have a few giggles, or embark on a revealing journey of spiritual insights, here are some reasons, of why many have turned towards the magic of magic mushrooms.
Increasing Openness and Experiencing Long-Lasting Positive Shifts
So why has humankind always incorporated the use of psychedelics? It’s simple to say that as we navigate our way through life, our hearts and minds can become closed off due to the series of knocks, bumps and traumas we undergo along the way.
In a 2011 John Hopkins University conducted a study to assess the effect of shrooms on changes in the five broad domains of personality – Neuroticism, Extroversion, Openness, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness.
Coming out on top, researchers found the measure of ‘Openness’, which is a broad range of traits covering someone’s permeability to new ideas and experiences, and awareness of feelings in self and others, remained significantly higher than the original baseline more than one year after the session.
Kick that Addiction
Shrooms have been shown to help treat addiction to habit-forming drugs like nicotine and cocaine.
Continuing to be on the forefront of psychedelic studies, John Hopkins University paired with The Beckley Foundation on a pilot study that would investigate magic mushroom assisted psychotherapy to overcome nicotine addiction. Researchers reported that participants taking magic mushrooms paired with counselling achieved an 80% abstinence rate over six months.
Modern research has been conducted to show how psilocybin works with serotonin receptors in the brain in order to create a large range of effects.
A definitive study conducted by the Beckley/Imperial Research Programme, provided the first clinical proof for the effectiveness of magic mushrooms on treating depression. Using an fMRI to look at the neural signature of psilocybin in participants, it was discovered that shrooms may actually ‘reset’ the activity of key brain circuits known to play a role in depression.
Cycling back to the cultivation of openness, magic mushrooms allows us to states where we are no longer attached to the materialistic, and ego-based concerns of the world/existence. These experiences open the door to lead us beyond our current frame of mind and can greet us with new and inspired perspectives.