Psychedelic Mushrooms May Have a Magical Effect on Your Personality.
Hallucinogenic drugs have been the subject of psychological and behavioral studies for decades, even if their prominence in the scientific scene faded somewhat after the government banned most psychedelic drugs in 1966.
Though they’ve been prevalent in cultures across the globe for thousands of years, psychedelic drugs have been an especially tricky subject to study in professional settings due to legal and ethical concerns.
Over the past few years, however, scientists have made some major breakthroughs while studying drugs like magic mushrooms, including one very unusual result that is now changing the way scientists look at adult behavior.
Apparently, once you try shrooms, there’s no going back.
Evidence shows that psilocybin mushrooms—also called psychedelic mushroom, magic mushrooms, and shrooms, among countless other nicknames—have been used by humans for thousands of years, likely since prehistoric times.
Prehistoric cave and rock art in North Africa depicts scenes that archaeologists have interpreted as showing a tribal or shamanic use of mushrooms. Especially across Mesoamerica, multiple cultures have used psychedelic mushrooms ceremonially for centuries. The Aztecs referred to these natural drugs as “divine mushrooms,” and used them commonly until European conquistadors suppressed their usage while converting native peoples to Catholicism.
By the middle of the 20th century, knowledge of these entheogenic mushrooms, which users attested allowed them euphoric, spiritual experiences, became widespread. Recreational drug enthusiasts and scientific researchers alike began traveling to Mexico or importing mushrooms for using and studying.
One of the most famous studies was the Harvard Psilocybin Project, which was partially funded by Aldous Huxley. Led by Dr. Timothy Leary and Dr. Richard Alpert, the project ran from 1960 to 1962 and included a variety of tests, such as administering psilocybin and other psychedelics to prison inmates and Harvard Divinity School graduate students.
Concerns raised by other professors, students, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health ultimately led to the project being shut down and Leary and Alpert being fired.