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Hallucinogenic Qualities

It warms the hardened cockles of my heart to see that folks are still approving psychedelic research experiments such as these anachronistically wonderful studies. In yet another example of the turgid obviousness of the reporting and design of some drug studies, the Journal of Psychopharmacology says that psilocybin changes people's personalities, making them more open to their environments, an "unprecedented" finding.

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.”

Aside from all the shocking-just-shocking revelations of this study, this paragraph draws greater scrutiny.

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.

A Google search yields little background for this assertion, which of course was not described in the original article, and the article itself seems to be hidden behind a paywall. I’m curious to know what study decided those five factors were present in multiple cultures and the science behind that research.

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