Although the word “psychedelic” literally means “of the mind”, the shift in consciousness that they bring about ripples into the domain of the body. Whether it’s DMT, psilocybin, or mescaline, something about the spiritual experience that these substances provide motivates people to take better care of their body.
Although everyone typically experiences something unique and meaningful to them during the psychedelic experience, many people come to similar conclusions after integrating lessons learned. One of these realizations is that life is a short and temporary gift. That we’re blessed with physical “meat suits” to navigate this beautiful reality, and that we should do all we can to take better care of our biological vessels.
This behaviour change often manifests as a change in diet (usually natural wholefoods), taking more time to exercise, and engaging in body-mind practices including meditation, yoga, tai chi, and qi gong.
Interestingly, researchers confirmed this relationship when they decided to peer into the data. They found that people with a history of psychedelic use had better self-reported overall health.
They were much less likely to be overweight or have a history of heart conditions and cancer. The team from the UK concluded that classic psychedelics are probably beneficial to physical health, and encourage more research in the area to find out exactly why they produce this beneficial effect.