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Magic Mushroom Effects: Single Take Improves Long-Term Mindfulness

A recent study provides new evidence that magic mushrooms have health benefits. Researchers found that a single take on the drug could help improve mindfulness and openness even for months. 

The new study, published in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology, shows that people become more curious and open to new experiences after just one psychedelic experience. Researchers said such positive effect of magic mushrooms could last for months after the first intake, IFL Science reported.

The findings come amid the growing interest in the benefits of psychedelics across the medical community. Earlier studies looked into how mental health and mood improve because of exposure to psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms.

In the latest study, researchers from Copenhagen University Hospital Rigshospitalet focused on how shrooms could help enhance mindfulness. Such trait helps people put more attention into the present experience.

Health experts use mindfulness in some therapies to help patients cope with mental disorders, such as anxiety.

Health Benefits Of Magic Mushrooms

The researchers gathered 10 healthy individuals to test the effects of magic mushrooms. All participants never used psychedelic drugs prior to the study. 

The team provided each participant a single dose of psilocybin, at least 0.2 to 0.3 milligram per kilogram of their body weight. They were also asked to complete personality and mindfulness questionnaires before and after the study.

After the tests, eight participants reported having a “complete mystical experience” after taking the magic mushroom compound. They also had sensations of “ineffability” and “transcendence of time and space.” 

Researchers continued to observe the participants a week after their first intake of psilocybin. They found that the drug significantly increased their mindfulness and openness.

The participants reported that they continued to experience the same positive effects of magic mushrooms three months after the test. Researchers then collected PET brain scans to see how the drug caused changes in the brain. 

They found changes in the serotonin receptor 5-HT2AR in the brain, which potentially contributed to the long-term feel-good effects of the drug. The receptor appeared binding even one week after exposure to psilocybin. 

Magic Mushroom Studies have been exploring how mental health and mood improve because of exposure to psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms. Pixabay

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