80% of subjects who were given psilocybin said the experience increased their sense of well being and life satisfaction. In this video Dr. Roland Griffiths, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, discusses his research on psilocybin, the psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms. Dr. Griffiths and his colleagues gave test subjects psilocybin and found the majority of test subjects reported having mystical, spiritual experiences that gave them a feeling of interconnectedness with nature and other people, love, and peace. The feelings that were “difficult to describe in words” lasted for years beyond the study.
The results of the study showed:
- 70% of participants considered the experience to be among the five most meaningful experience of their lives
- 30% said their experience was the single most spiritual experience of their lives
- No one said the experience decreased their sense of well being and life satisfaction
- Subjects reported an increased quality of personal relationships, love, and perception
- Friends and family members of the test subjects also reported the psilocybin had positive effects on their loved ones’ moods and personalities