No kidding. But wait for it, this wasn’t from the collective anecdotes of a bunch of hippies at Burning Man, this comes from the Journal of Psychopharmacology. According to the study, the study participants who had mystical experiences after having consumed the Schedule I controlled substance were notable for their increased sense of openness to number of different areas of life.
One of the authors of the study, Roland Griffiths, a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, posits that ‘shrooms’ may actually have a therapeutic application. For example, the substance seemed to help those that had received recent diagnoses of cancer, or other serious diseases.
Well, will wonders never cease. That we seem to be on the cusp of potentially medicalizing shrooms isn’t really surprising, but, I have to say, it sure is original. If there are legitimate applications for them, have at it and bring it to the bedside. Remember, cocaine has applications in anesthetics, crystal meth is used for narcolepsy, and marijuana is used for glaucoma. Perhaps we are on the verge of finding something useful for shrooms, other than seeing people come out of the woodwork that aren’t really there. Timothy Leary would be proud.