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07/05/2008 08:01 AM ID: 71828 Permalink   

Sacred 'Shrooms Especially Spiritual


The spiritual effects of psilocybin, a hallucinogen naturally occurring in certain mushrooms, appears to have long-lasting benefits. Test subjects report an "increased sense of well being" 14 months after being given a controlled dose.

John Hopkins researchers screened candidates for psychological fitness, spiritual disposition, and overall education. Subjects were supervised during the event, and provided counseling following the test.

Protocols have been developed for future tests, and applications for “magic mushrooms” include - ironically - combating drug addiction.

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  by: theironboard     07/05/2008 11:36 AM     
  @ theironboard  
What blew my mind was that the test events were reported as being all day long! I've also heard of other tests being performed on LSD. Apparently these "consiousness altering" drugs have far more than merely recreational applications. Neat neat stuff!
  by: Prefect     07/05/2008 12:26 PM     
wouldn't want people to feel too good about themselves... ah make it

i've yet to heard of a drug that doesn't have good benifits.

for example if you think heroin is bad... i demand to refuse morphine when time comes you need it.

if you hate opium don't ever take opiate painkillers

if you hate weed, dont use it when you get cancer or gluccoma

personally i think even cocaine has a legitement medical use, say maybe a person with a slow shallow heartbeat, which can often be as fatal as a perosn with a heart beat of a mouse (extremely fast)

"its not a war against drugs, its a war against freedom" - bill hicks
  by: HAVOC666     07/05/2008 12:59 PM     
I wonder what Dr. Timothy Leary would say on this subject matter.
  by: shaohu     07/05/2008 01:16 PM     
  oh btw  
would that be Ford Prefect... :P

i'm sure a few people might get that
  by: HAVOC666     07/05/2008 01:22 PM     
  Dr. Leary said  
“I am 100 percent in favor of the intelligent use of drugs, and 1,000 percent against the thoughtless use of them, whether caffeine or LSD. And drugs are not central to my life.”

“There are three side effects of acid: enhanced long-term memory, decreased short-term memory, and I forget the third.”
  by: shaohu     07/05/2008 01:29 PM     
  this is not NEW research!  
but it's good to see it out in the open. the great misfortune is that until a reliable test for finding psilocybin in the body, like other drugs, it will remain a SCHEDULE I drug in the USA.
  by: calilac     07/05/2008 06:19 PM     
  OH NO !  
WAIT, what a recreational drug that makes a person
feel better for over a year ! And not PRESCRIBED !
WAIT ! We can't have that, there is MONEY being
lost ! Make it ILLEGAL ! Make em goto a doc, pay
out the ass, and then get taxes on it ! Your govt
dollar at work ?
  by: wvcoalminer   07/05/2008 06:50 PM     
  @WV, youre a GENIUS  

Sorry, I'm being sarcastic. Oh shit, wait, no I'm not.

Sorry Canada.
  by: maverick7h     07/05/2008 06:58 PM     
  i see what you did there...  
"Subjects were supervised during the event, and provided counseling following the test."

this is what distinguishes the clinical use of psychadelic drugs with the recreational use, in addition to

"John Hopkins researchers screened candidates for psychological fitness, spiritual disposition, and overall education"

unsupervised, recreational use by your average burnout and supervised & controlled clinical usage by screened test candidates are two entirely different worlds. since they can't stop people from using them irresponsibly, it'd be nice if researchers like these could promote safe, responsible (and potentially fruitful) use of substances such as these as an alternative to the ways in which they are currently used
  by: cellardweller1   07/06/2008 01:53 AM     
  Psilocybin Doc Seeks Cancer Patients  

I just wanted to let people know that there is a new psilocybin study underway at Johns Hopkins University that is recruiting volunteers.

For more information visit:

  by: NQ04   07/06/2008 05:13 PM     
Back from behind the great firewall? It seems like it's been awhile, welcome back. Unless, of course, you've been here the whole time and I'm just an idiot!
  by: Svengali   07/08/2008 05:40 PM     
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