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    From the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Magic Mushrooms Can Make Lasting Personality Changes, Study Says

    By Elizabeth Lopatto, ©2011 Bloomberg News.

    Psilocybin, or "magic mushrooms," can make people more open in their feelings and aesthetic sensibilities, conferring on them a lasting personality change, according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers.

    People who had mystic experiences while taking the mushrooms were more likely to show increases in a personality trait dubbed "openness," which is related to creativity, artistic appreciation and curiosity, according to the study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. The change was still in place a year later, suggesting a long-term effect.

    "The remarkable piece is that psilocybin can facilitate experiences that change how people perceive themselves and their environment," said Roland Griffiths, a study author and professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Johns Hopkins University of Medicine in Baltimore. "That's unprecedented."

    Magic mushrooms, also known as "shrooms," are hallucinogens native to tropical and subtropical regions of South America, Mexico and the U.S. The fungi were favored by former Harvard psychologist Timothy Leary, who founded the Harvard Psilocybin Project, and explored by '60s writer and anthropologist Carlos Castaneda. They are typically eaten but can also be dried and smoked or made into a tea.

    Openness is one of five major personality factors known to be constant throughout multiple cultures, heritable in families and largely unvarying throughout a person's lifetime. The other four factors, extroversion, neuroticism, agreeableness and conscientiousness, were unchanged by being dosed with the hallucinogenic mushrooms, the study found. This is the first finding of a short-term intervention providing a long-term personality change, researchers said.
    And all this, of course, has been known by magic mushroom users for the past forty years.

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    Default Re: [2011-08-29] Magic mushrooms actually change people's personality

    Teh magic Shroomish are taking over.

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    No wonder Mario is happier than most Italians.
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    Is then Paras happy to be controlled upon evolving?

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    So will eating shrooms turn me into Super Mario?
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    Default Re: [2011-08-29] Magic mushrooms actually change people's personality

    Seems like a perfect medicine for people with down syndrome.

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