Why Some People May Appear Younger or More Open

Psilocybin mushrooms (magic mushrooms) are fungi that contain the psychoactive compounds psilocybin and psilocin.

(Time Healthland) Want to Feel Younger, More Open? ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Trigger Lasting Personality Change

By Maia Szalavitz Monday, October 3, 2011 | 12 Comments

The psychedelic drug psilocybin (the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms”) may produce lasting, positive changes in personality, new research finds. People who took the drug showed increases in the key personality dimension of openness — being amenable to new ideas, experiences and perspectives — more than a year later.

“It was sort of like an anti-inflammatory for the ego,” says Brian, a 50-year-old scientist, who participated in the research (he declined to reveal his last name). “The swelling went down and I got to see what was underneath.”

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