While other experiment said that psilocybin, also known as the psychoactive ingredient in 'magic mushrooms,' has been found in a rigorous clinical study to have a long-term positive psychological and behavioral effect on people who take them.
Illegal practically everywhere, scientists said in a new report released today that most subjects who took the psychedelic fungus were still behaving and feeling better as a result 14 months after ingestion. About 2 out of three also noted that the drug caused one of the five most spiritual experiences of their life. On cure practical have found that 64% of patients felt at least a 'moderate increase' in well being and life satisfaction. Namely, they listed increased feelings of self-confidence, optimism, flexibility and creativity. Other results indicated lasting gains in traits like being more sensitive, tolerant, loving and compassionate.
Magic mushrooms have been traditionally used in religious ceremonies, but are banned in most countries due to fears of recreational abuse. The study took 36 subjects, men and women, and had them either take mushrooms, or the control drug Ritalin (which is known to not cause any positive emotional effects) during two 8 hour stints two months. Earlier results released in 2006 showed positive benefit two months after the test; this study followed up an additional year later.
As would be expected, scientist do not advise people to take psilocybin or other psychedelics on their own. Even in the laboratory, 1 out of 3 people felt terrified under the drug. These feelings could lead to irrational and potentially dangerous behaviors outside of a controlled environment. However, the researchers found this side effect was easily controlled.