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.
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.