LSD reduces activity in the amygdala, the region of the brain related to the handling of negative emotions like fear, compared to placebo, in a double-blind, randomised, cross-over study. This may explain it’s therapeutic action in addiction, depression and anxiety, especially with psychotherapy.
Scientists Have Discovered Why Magic Mushrooms Are So ‘Magical’: New research results indicate that psilocybin, the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms, facilitates increased connectivity in the human brain | Mic
(Xpost TIL) The Johns Hopkins University conducted a study of mushrooms with 36 college-educated adults (average age of 46) who had never tried psilocybin nor had a history of drug use. More than two-thirds reported it was among the top five most spiritually significant experiences in their lives.
The outlawing of drugs such as cannabis, magic mushrooms and other psychoactive substances amounts to scientific censorship and sets back research in key areas such as consciousness, leading scientists argue.
TIL a study gave LSD to 26 scientists, engineers, and other disciplines, and they produced a conceptual model of a photon, a linear electron accelerator beam-steering device, and a new design for the vibratory microtome, amongst others. (X-post from todayilearned)