Scientists recently revealed that the psychedelic chemical in the drug known as “magic mushrooms” affect the brain’s pattern of activity similar to that seen with dreaming.
The new research by scientists from Germany, Argentina, and the UK shows that the brain enters a dream-like state when the drug takes effect. What’s more is that the drug can also boost creativity and can cure depression.
“What we have done in this research is begin to identify the biological basis of the reported mind expansion associated with psychedelic drugs,” Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris of the department of medicine at the Imperial College London, said.
Psilocybin in Psychedelic Drugs
The study published in the Human Brain Mapping online journal, mapped the brain activity of 15 volunteers who were injected with psilocybin, the active ingredient in the magic mushrooms.
Older studies only show that the psilocybin in magic mushrooms and LSD can alter the way a user experiences the world, but little is known about the physical changes in the brain.
“People often describe taking psilocybin as producing a dreamlike state and our findings have, for the first time, provided a physical representation for the experience in the brain,” Carhart-Harris said.