Study: Magic mushrooms may permanently make you more open

Study: Magic mushrooms may permanently make you more open

Psilocybe cubensis, commonly referred to as magic mushrooms have the potential to make a lasting change to one’s personality. This is a preliminary conclusion from a study conducted by Johns Hopkins researchers and published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

A single dose of ‘shrooms’ was enough to make a lasting impression on the personality in 30 of the 51 participants, or nearly 60%. Those who had a hallucinatory or mystical experience after consuming the mushrooms showed increased in the personality trait ‘openness’, which is closely related to creativity and curiosity. This increase was measured 2 months and even 14 months after the last session, which suggests long-term effects.

Study leader Roland Griffiths, a professor of psychiatry, finds this lasting impact on a personality trait remarkable: "Normally, if anything, openness tends to decrease as people get older." Openness is one of five traits that were tested and the only one that changed during the study. Along with the other factors extroversion, neuroticism, agreeableness and conscientiousness, openness is one of the major personality traits that are known to be constant throughout one’s lifetime.

According to the researchers, this study is the first finding of a short-term means with which long-term personality changes can made. "There may be applications for this we can't even imagine at this point," says Griffiths. "It certainly deserves to be systematically studied."

There is currently another study under way to determine whether or not psilocybin can help cancer patients deal with feelings of anxiety and depression.

Should you feel like conducting independent studies at home – you can grow your own personality changing mushrooms with our mushroom grow kits.

Journal of Psychopharmacology


  • blub... - 2011-09-30 20:23:43 +4

    Love these studies, I have experienced this outcome myself with the aid of philosopher stones.
    by the way; great finish of this news article :p

  • derrik - 2011-10-01 08:50:55 +6

    i like to see some studies on mescaline!

  • Joey Dude - 2011-10-01 12:44:10 +3

    I've experienced this myself. I do a lot of "self-engineering" on me. And the best way to do this is with mushrooms. Because when you are experiencing the effect of the shrooms you are able to get deeper in yourself and find the roots of your problems.

  • Marc - 2011-10-01 13:54:05 +5

    It's great that the researchers could do this study, every study like this will open the gate for new studies! I truly believe psychedelics have great potential for a lot (though not all, probably) people in many different ways as they have the effect of temporarily breaking down the mental barriers that you built up over the years.

    Also, I think creativity should be researched, not only in the arts but also the more logical thinking. PCR, a technique that allowed us to copy DNA and revolutionized the whole field of biochemistry was invented by someone who took some acid one day and could see the molecules spinning around clearly, earning him a nobel price :).

  • Don Jia - 2011-10-01 14:13:58 +6

    Well, this is the kind of news that will definitely make the Master Classes push for total criminalization. In the Neofeudal capitalist economy, common folk need to be kept aggressive, ignorant and hysterical, and anything that would risk a meaningful thought entering their mind, jeopardizes the entire system.

  • vanrinB - 2011-10-03 10:18:24 +2

    Magic mushrooms are hallucinogenic fungi primarily of the genus Psilocybe. There are five primary substances found in these mushrooms which make them famous for their effects on the mind, including euphoria, lethargy, increased appreciation of music and colour, amplified emotions and visual and aural distortion. These substances are tryptamines, related to the neurotransmitter serotonin.

    Psychotherapeutic drugs could be costly to produce and rather unstable. One study, however, has discovered that the normal narcotic in magic mushrooms could be used to treat some psychological problems. The research found that spiritual participants that took psilocybin, the active narcotic in magic mushrooms, noted mystical experiences and better life fulfillment 14 months later. Controlled magic mushroom doses could have psychotherapeutic uses. Psilocybin is the active ingredient in what are usually referred to as “magic mushrooms,” or “God’s Flesh.” Magic mushrooms are just one of several drugs being studied for their potential uses in treating everything from cancer, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and a host of other mental disorders. LSD, ecstasy and magic mushrooms are all being studied by researchers as potentially therapeutic drugs.

  • Kary Mullis - 2011-10-04 15:09:34 +3

    "There may be applications for this we can't even imagine at this point," says Griffiths

  • Marc - 2011-10-05 20:40:13 +1

    Well some of us can :D

  • msguntotter - 2011-10-15 06:22:15

    Im Looking for a oldtime mushroom high.

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