How Magic Mushrooms Change Lives

How Magic Mushrooms Change Lives

The National Institute on Drug Abuse says magic mushrooms can lead to feelings of relaxation similar to the effects of low doses of marijuana. However, the benefits of using magic mushrooms go beyond simply feeling more relaxed. People have narrated their personal experiences saying magic shrooms have changed their lives. Modern scientific studies have been carried out to prove these claims.

For thousands of years, different cultures have explored magic mushrooms or psilocybin mushrooms in healing and religious ceremonies. But in the 1940s, Western medicine started to explore the potential of psilocybin to treat addiction and psychiatric disorders. Thousands of people were treated effectively and these psychedelic mushrooms were on the fast lane to becoming a mainstream drug but in the 1960s, the UK and the US governments prohibited all psychedelic substances.

Now, modern research is once again showing how psychedelics can treat disorders and improve the quality of lives. The drug of choice for contemporary clinical studies of psychedelics is psilocybin from magic mushrooms.

So far, clinical trials such as those carried out by Tony Bossis and Stephen Ross at New York University in 2014 showed astounding results for advanced cancer patients suffering from anxiety. An analysis of trials from the 60s and 70s also showed how psychedelics can help overcome alcohol addiction. Even Johns Hopkins Medicine carried out an exhaustive survey that concluded a history of magic mushrooms is associated with less psychological distress and fewer suicidal thoughts, planning, and attempts.

With all these fascinating developments it’s worth looking at how magic mushrooms can improve lives outside of the context of psychological issues such as depression, and addiction. Can these psychedelic drugs go deeper than recreation for an ordinary person?

Tripping on shrooms causes self-improvement

People take magic mushrooms for a wide variety of reasons but most recreational users are unable to tap into the benefits of shrooms. If you are not predisposed to a therapeutic or spiritual trip, if you take those golden cubes merely for fun, you’re most likely limiting your mind.

Why settle for seeing pretty colors when psilocybin can create a lasting transformation in your life?

Magic mushrooms are agents of change. They can mediate an inner conversation with your subconscious. They destroy the house where your ego stays and raise a childlike innocence within. Psilocybin mushrooms can introduce spirituality to people who claim to have no religion.

Most importantly, magic mushrooms introduce you to yourself… your real self.

A psychedelic therapist, Leo Zeff, believes a trip’s value lies in its capability to start personal growth but those who don’t respect the experience and those who don’t intend to learn from the trips won’t gain much. He says, “The quality of a trip is measured not by your experience that day but how you grow in the subsequent months as a result.” Hence, the best kind of trip is one you grow from.

There are two important stages of tripping: preparation and integration.

A lot of casual trippers overlook these two important stages. Without attending to these steps, the tripper won’t be able to reap the benefits of a therapeutic trip nor maximize the learning process. Using magic mushrooms is like attending school and like any school, it’s important to study and do your homework.

Myron Stolaroff, an advocate of psychedelic psychotherapy, says recreational use tends to naturally taper off and that tripping for entertainment may lose its charm.

She says, “The use of psychedelics is self-regulating in most cases. Their true purpose is to enhance growth and interior development. Used only for pleasure or abused, the inner self is thwarted, which leads to unpleasant experiences and depression. Though everyone who pursues the use of psychedelics for personal growth must be prepared for the ‘dark night of the soul’ experiences, those who seek only entertainment will lose interest in these substances.”

But tripping for personal growth can reward the user with deeper self-understanding. A psychedelic experience is a deep and honest interview with yourself. Plan to dig deep and positive, commit yourself to confronting all negative feelings that may reveal themselves, channel the divine, and explore your mental landscape.

You can use tripping as an introspection for self-improvement. A magic mushroom trip can last at least 6 hours. You can make use of this time for a variety of activities and settings. Here are what you need to do:

  1. Set aside some alone time on each trip for quiet introspection.
  2. Ask yourself questions that let you take a deeper look at yourself: What’s holding you back? How does your behavior compare to your goals and beliefs? Is there anything you want to change in your attitude and your life?
  3. Focus on yourself before, during, and after the trip. You are guaranteed to learn valuable, extraordinary lessons from the psychedelic frontier.

To gain insight from your psychedelic experience, you don’t need a psychology degree. Just pay attention. Make the most out of your dose. Once you’ve seen your true self through a psychedelic lens, you can zero in on the aspects of your life that need improvement. The key is not to resist and just give in to the realization of our fullest potential.

Shrooms cause lasting personality change

Aging and life experiences change you. You learn love and hurt, you celebrate the simple joys, you become disappointed with losses, you make friends, you make enemies, your dreams come true, you regret the chances you didn’t take, you travel, you stay put. All of these experiences come together to create you as a person and mold your underlying personality.

As people age, they cling more to the ways with which they are most familiar. However, more and more, psilocybin from magic mushrooms has been shown to be a great catalyst for individuals who want to be more open to new experiences and see the world through curious eyes once again.

Aside from being more open to new ideas, people who take psilocybin have shown improvements in other personality dimensions even a year after taking a single dose of the drug.

Katherine MacLean, a postdoctoral student at the Johns Hopkins University, led researches which analyzed data from 52 participants in an earlier psilocybin research. These volunteers went under two to five psilocybin trips at various doses under controlled conditions in a hospital. They took personality tests before going on a psilocybin trip and again a couple of months after each drug session. A final personality test was administered about a year later.

The study documented positive psychological changes particularly in areas of calmness, happiness, and kindness. The new research also found that psilocybin saw long-term changes to their underlying personality. “The most surprising thing was that we found a change in personality that is really not expected in healthy adults, not after such a discreet event,” says Maclean.

This result is groundbreaking. Most research have found out some alternative forms of therapies such as intensive meditation can change adult personality but lasting positive change has never been documented as a result of just a few drug doses.

These personality changes also shatter the old belief that “as people age, they become less open to new ideas and experiences.” In fact, these participants who experienced a full mystical experience from psilocybin have shifted towards openness, as though the volunteers aged by decades in reverse.

67-year old Maria Estevez, one of the participants says, “It ended up being the best experience of my life. It was marvelous, radiant. I felt like I was coming into a magnificent palace, expansive, and joyous.” This statement reinforces the findings that people who experienced magic mushrooms become more interested in new ideas and new experiences.

Researchers defined the “full mystical experience” as those when the participants would feel a sense of belongingness to a greater whole, “all is one,” and everything is connected. It’s also defined by a sense of sacredness and peace and an inability to accurately describe the experience in words. Those who didn’t have a full mystical experience didn’t have any visible personality changes.

Brian, another participant, was first assigned a placebo. After receiving his dose, he sat blindfolded, listening to classical music through headphones in a comfortable room and was accompanied by a monitor. He said four hours went by and nothing really happened.

Meanwhile, Estevez was having a very different experience. She got the highest possible dose first and it ended up being the worst experience of her life. “I was slammed, I was inundated, I was drowning,” she said. “I was knocked around and tumbling beyond all sanity.” The monitors helped her through the experience but she was on the verge of dropping out from the study. She reconsidered after realizing she may not get another chance to have a better psychedelic experience. After all, Estevez originally went into the study wanting to try something for her own spiritual exploration.

Like Estevez, most of the participants enrolled out of curiosity about the effects of magic mushrooms or because they want the opportunity to self-reflect. Many of the participants already took part in spiritual activities like meditation, religious services, and prayer. The researches acknowledge these activities may explain why the participants were so sensitive to the effects of the drug.

Brian is also a spiritual man who signed up for the study to quench his curiosity. He was recently drawn to Eastern religions and the notion that the separation of the self from the rest of the world is an illusion. When he experienced a high dose of psilocybin, he said, “I was just able to drop ego totally and experience the world without all those filters, and experience Brian without all that.”

He went on to describe his experience as:

There was this point where I forgot about anything Brian-like or who Brian was. I was really in touch with all experience: whatever happened was part of me. I was not observing – I was whatever was happening. The other thing that was so memorable was that everything was so beautiful and it made me cry because the beauty was so exquisite. And then I’d remember how painful and how messy it all was. I was laughing and crying for like three hours straight.

I was absolutely that certain that everything was just the same thing, just different flavors and tastes of one underlying reality and being so grateful to be alive and able to experience it.

This, according to Brian, is an experience that helped him become more tolerant and compassionate. “What was happening to me was real and yet the person next to me might not be seeing the same thing. It became absolutely obvious that perspective determines your experience with reality and that maybe being able to take more perspectives than one will give you a richer and probably truer version of what reality is.”

Estevez describes her most positive trip on psilocybin as having a godlike presence beside her. She believes it asked her if there’s anything she wants. Estevez said, “There was this person named Maria in space and time and that she had long lists of things she wanted. That was me. But I just said no. Later, I thought, ‘Wow, if that was the case, who was answering?’”

Estevez also said she has become more open and empathetic since taking psilocybin. “I am much more forgiving of friends and strangers. I’m much more accommodating because I’ve been there, and it really isn’t such a big deal.”

Overall, the results published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, revealed that while other aspects stayed the same, openness increases after a psilocybin experience. 30 of the 51 volunteers had a mystical experience. The changes in openness of these participants were significantly larger than those typically seen over decades of life experience as adults.

MacLean says, “It’s probably not just psilocybin that causes changes like this, but more these kinds of profound, life-changing experiences, whatever flavor they take. For a lot of people, psilocybin allows them to transcend their ways of thinking about the world.”

It isn’t clear whether unsupervised use could result in the same changes but in an unsupervised setting, it won’t hurt to try and replicate the research environment by having a monitor or a trip sitter, who can supervise the tripper, and help keep bad trips to a minimum.

Now MacLean has shifted to researching the effects of psilocybin with meditation and predicts this may also have therapeutic benefits to boost openness, including helping people break out of negative thought patterns. She says, “On the most speculative side, this suggests there might be an application of psilocybin for creativity or more intellectual outcomes that we really haven’t explored at all.”

Magic mushrooms increase productivity

Lily (not her real name), a publicist for several startups in San Francisco, starts her day with a cup of team, and a small bag of dried magic mushrooms. She breaks up the caps and stems before placing them in an herb grinder. She then scoops the pulverized substances into empty pill capsules, weighing each one on a tiny scale. After she’s done, she pops a capsule into her mouth and washes it down.

This is how Lily starts her working day.
She says, “It helps me think more creatively and stay focused. I manage my stress with ease and am able to keep my perspective healthy in a way that I was unable to before.”

Just like Lily, many young professionals in Silicon Valley and beyond are experimenting with taking small quantities of magic mushrooms every few days to improve their work performance – a practice called micro-dosing.

In small amounts such as one-tenth of a regular dose, users don’t experience a mind-altering trip. They don’t see hallucinations or even small visual alterations. Instead, they report having improved concentration and problem-solving skills, as well as a reduction in anxiety.

Software engineers, biologists, and mathematicians who are into micro-dosing say it induces a “flow state” that aids lateral thinking and encourages more empathetic interpersonal relations.

Dr. James Fadiman, an American psychologist known for his extensive work in the field of psychedelic research, has been studying the effects of hallucinogens since the 1960s. According to him, for some Silicon Valley types, the practice of micro-dosing is driven by the need to gain a competitive advantage.

“What you get is the best parts of Adderall with none of the side effects. You function better physically and mentally. You find the office jerk bearable and you’re more compassionate about the flaws of others,” he says. “You feel you’ve had a pretty good day.”

There have been few clinical trials on the effects of micro-dosing. However, researchers in the field of psychedelics are not surprised by the positive reports. David Nutt, director of the Center for Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, has carried out groundbreaking imaging studies of the brain on LSD and magic mushrooms.

“These drugs change cortical functions, making them more fluid and less rigid. At least big doses do – that’s what our imaging studies tell us – and maybe low doses to a lesser extent,” he says. This may be the reason why some areas of the brain become more flexible or creative and work u ways that may give better outcomes.

David Nichols, psychedelics expert and professor of pharmacology at the Purdue University, Indiana, echoes the same the views. He says it’s possible for low doses of psychedelics can stimulate the brain by activating certain pathways. They excite the cerebral cortex, the area responsible for higher mental functions such as perception and sensation.

Fadiman offers guidance to participants on how often to dose and asks them to keep a journal of observations. He started collecting these reports in 2010 after recognizing micro-dosing as one of the most under-researched areas of psychedelics.

Most of the reports he received have narratives along the lines of, “It helps me think more creatively and stay focused. I manage my stress with ease and am able to keep my perspective healthy in a way that I was unable to before.”

So far, Fadiman received reports from 125 participants with 80 more on the way. On top of this, he is constantly consulted by people who want to try micro-dosing.

Fadiman also says micro-dosing is no longer a fad. “It is being accepted as a very different way to more safely benefit from psychedelics without any psychedelic effects,” he claims. In such low doses, psychedelics should be viewed more like anti-depressants and thinking enhancers.

Another advantage of taking psilocybin from magic shrooms for performance enhancement is they are taken far less often.

Geoff Woo, CEO at Nootrobox, values ingenuity in Silicon Valley. According to him, “Mental creativity and performance is how people make their career here in Silicon Valley,” he says. “I liken professionals in industries like tech and finance to professional athletes. A slight edge over the competition can make or break the team, product and business. Being productive and smart is the new sexy.”

Dena Dubal, a neuroscientist and neurologist who studies anti-ageing strategies for the brain at University of California, San Francisco, agrees. “In some ways, we are all drawn to enhancing our brains. And our ingenuity has enabled us to do so – particularly through the development of language and technology. We, in reality, enhance our brain functions through good sleep, exercise, nutrition, social interaction, coffee… and many continue to try and enhance brain function through new technologies and, in some cases, medications.”

“This trend of using “smart drugs” which can be traced back to schools, where Ritalin and Adderall are widespread,” explains Anjan Chatterjee, a professor of neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. “Children even at preschool age find themselves in competitive environments with dense schedules of study, tutoring, music lessons, and sport.”

Chatterjee also went on to say, “You start people in a rat race of competition and that’s what they know for the rest of their lives. There’s this sense that there are a limited number of rewards out there and everybody has to compete for them. It’s tough but you do it by any means necessary.”

Lily, who was prescribed with ADHD medication since she was six, would share her prescription with her friends in college who need help focusing on assignments and she continued to do so after she entered the professional world. “It’s what fuels not just the tech community but any millennial trying to work really hard and make it,” she says.

She started with Adderall when she was just starting out in her career but she researched micro-dosing psychedelics after experiencing unpleasant side effects from the amphetamine-based drug. “My heart would be racing when I took it, and when I didn’t I’d experience withdrawal and feel really dumb – like my brain was slowing down. Micro-dosing helps manage my anxiety both in the short and long term.”

Lily views magic mushrooms as safer than her medications because of the small, infrequent nature of the doses. She has also done her research and so far, there is no evidence that psychedelics are physically addictive. “I don’t think we’re going to find out that micro-dosing fucks up your liver,” she says.

She continues to take her ADHD medication but because of micro-dosing with magic mushrooms, she is able to significantly reduce her dose. “In a perfect world, I don’t want to take Adderall at all,” she says.

Beyond the borders of Silicon Valley, people are micro-dosing on their own. New York-based research chemist Joseph (not his real name) describes his experience with micro-dosing like turning a guitar. “I still feel very present and have a sharper edge,” says Joseph. “I feel more energized and experience even the mundane in a way that feels new.”

He is quite vocal about his habit and he is surprised by the number of people who are asking him about it. “Older folks, very sensible professionals in hedge funds or the medical industry. They are not looking to have a trip with their friends out in nature – they are looking at it as a tool.”

Daniel (not his real name) is a 30-year old man who works for a business intelligence company based in Berlin. He learned about micro-dosing from Reddit three years ago. He buys tablets from Dark net markets, cuts them up carefully and places them into gel capsules which he takes every three days before work along with his multivitamins. “It has become part of my life – almost like a better, magic cup of coffee,” he says. “It makes it easier to tackle complex projects that requires me to keep a lot of different things in mind.”

On days when he’s micro-dosing, Daniel noticed he is turned off by junk foods and he noticed his stamina for running has improved. According to him, “The nagging voice that tells me to stop is not there at all.”

This report is congruent with Fadiman’s findings, saying people tend to get healthier. They report sleeping better, eating healthier, and doing more exercise.

Even better news is despite these performance enhancements caused by psilocybin, there is currently no evidence that magic mushrooms do any long-term damage to the body or directly cause long-term psychological damage. Although in large doses, they can lead to hallucinations which can impair performance in an office environment.

These psychonauts plan to continue their quest for personal development through micro-dosing. One of them says, “If there was research showing negative long-term side effects for the brain, I wouldn’t do it. But until then it will be something I’ll continue. I can’t see the novelty wearing off.”

Magic mushrooms enhance memory

On top of improving self-awareness, personality, and performance, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, psilocybin, can affect memory too.

Researches discovered weeks after the study, people in the control group who took magic mushrooms have an increased activity in the brain areas that process vision and other sensory information. And it turns out, the more vivid memories they had, the better their mood becomes after two weeks.

Dr. Robin L. Carhart-Harris stated in an interview, “When subjects are in the scanner and are show personal memory cues, then asked to close their eyes and remember the emotions at the time of the original event, the recalled emotions are more vivid – indicating elevated brain activation – while under the effects of psilocybin.”

This is another huge milestone in the field of psychedelic study because it gives scientific support to what magic mushroom fans have known for a long time: these psilocybin mushrooms unleash floodgates of memory, allowing users to make enlightening, stunning, and often synesthetic associations with visual, aural, and tactile sensations.

Safety with magic mushrooms

Magic mushrooms still need to be taken with respect and caution. Magic mushrooms are powerful even when being micro-dosed so they should be taken in the right context with the right research. You can only reap the benefits of magic mushrooms when you’re able to take them safely.

Here are some tips on tripping which will allow you to maximize the benefits of magic mushrooms.

Put yourself in a positive mindset before you start tripping. Magic mushrooms strengthen moods and emotional states. If you feel depressed, your negative emotions will intensify resulting in a bad trip.

Take the magic mushrooms in a relaxing, familiar environment. Bad trips happen in unfamiliar environments. You can minimize this by being in a comfortable environment. It’s also recommended to have a trip sitter who can stay with you throughout the trip.

Keep your stomach empty for three hours before taking magic mushrooms. This is a good way to make sure psilocybin will be absorbed by the body quicker. This way, you’re less likely to experience nausea.

Do not combine shrooms with other mind-altering substances. Mixing shrooms with another drug will surely cause a bad trip.

Start small. Go slow and experiment on the conservative side. If you have never taken shrooms before, you don’t know how sensitive you are to psilocybin and you may end up not getting the benefits of magic mushrooms.

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