Unpacking the Trip: Surprising Discoveries About Psychoactive Drugs and You

A new study came out in December about the effects of psychoactive drugs on the brain.  Typically, we refer to magic mushrooms, LSD, and other hallucinogens as mind-expanding drugs.  Users claim to have surreal experiences of exploration and self-discovery, beyond how they usually feel.  However, when regular users were given a small dose of a psychoactive substance, Psilocybin, and brain activity was measured with a functional MRI, users brains were found to have less activity while tripping than when injected with a placebo.  Interesting stuff.

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Previous studies have indicated that other psychoactive drugs, specifically LSD, can create lasting personality changes in users after just one use.  Some individuals in the study noticed a permanent increase in “openness” after their experience.  LSD has previously been studied in controversial experiments for therapeutic uses.


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