Neuroscientists Probe Psychedelic Psilocybin

Scientists haven’t been able to study the amazing abilities of these drugs since the 60’s due to the wide-spread fear factor that their consciousness expanding abilities produced. Society was willing to risk the serious dangers of mind-dulling and addiction associated with alcohol and tabacco but it wasn’t willing to risk the dangers of looking openly into their own psyches.

From Science News – July 12, 2006

In the 1950s scientists studied the effects of so-called psychedelics: psilocybin from mushrooms, mescaline from cacti and the synthetic lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD. British psychiatrist Humphry Osmond coined the name for this class of drugs based on their mind-altering properties, such as changes in the sense of self. The drugs showed some initial promise in treating chronic pain and depression in terminally ill patients but a wave of recreational abuse in the late 1960s led to outlawing and a halt in research. Now a new, rigorous, double-blind study has reopened the doors of scientific investigation, reporting spiritual effects and long-term impacts from the use of psilocybin.

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