The Magical Mystery TripPosted: 8 October 2011
It is the weekend and as usual I find cool stuff that has absolutely NOTHING to do with the silliness we call politics…..
This post is NOT about a basketball team or David Cooperfield making Trenton disappear….it is about something that all of us old hippies know all too well……the MUSHROOM! Not button….or the portobello….or oyster…..nope the best mushroom around…..the psilocybin mushroom! How many hours did you spend in a cow pen searching through the pies for the magic?
We all know, if you were a member of the hippie culture just how wonderful the experience can be……but is it? Or was it just a good high?
All that hippie stuff about opening your mind may have some truth to it. Scientists have found that psilocybin, the drug in “magic mushrooms,” can improve one aspect of a subject’s personality: her “openness.” In a trial, nearly 60% of subjects who were given one dose of psilocybin saw a positive personality effect—and one that lingered for more than a year, USA Today reports. Scientists gathered 51 healthy volunteers, most of whom considered themselves “spiritually active”; they spent a series of eight-hour sessions lying down with blindfolds and music playing through headphones. They were given psilocybin in only one of the sessions, and neither the subjects nor the attending monitors knew which one. “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,” says a researcher. And the increased openness didn’t fade during 14 months of follow-ups.
See we old hippies and aged leftists knew a good thing……peace!