Groovy, Man: Study Finds Benefit in Magic 'Shrooms

Subjects say illegal hallucinogen changed their lives
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2008 4:49 AM CDT
Full Moon store owner Chloe Collette poses with some of magic mushrooms she has for sale in Amsterdam.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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(Newser) – Volunteers who took hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms in a study say they have gained long-term benefits from the drug, reports the AP. Subjects of the study, one of very few involving hallucinogenic drugs since the '60s, say they still feel positive effects from their psychedelic experience years later. Many say it was one of the most spiritual experiences of their lives. Researchers believe the mushrooms, which are illegal but are used in religious ceremonies, could someday play a role in therapy.

"I feel more centered in who I am and what I'm doing," said one 66-year-old volunteer. "I don't seem to have those self-doubts like I used to have. I feel more grounded and that we are all connected."