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What's more, most of the 36 adult participants -- none of whom had taken psilocybin before -- counted their experience while under the influence of the drug as "among the most meaningful and spiritually significant experiences of their lives," Griffiths said. Most said they became better, kinder, happier people in the weeks after the psilocybin session -- a fact corroborated by family and friends.
Originally posted by spacedoubt
How would it make you feel if it were determined that gods, the human soul, spirituality in general, were nothing more than the result of mind altering mushrooms?
In the United States, hallucinogens are classified as Schedule I substances under the Controlled Substances Act because they are considered to have high abuse liability and to be of no therapeutic value. The Schedule I classification gives rise to the common assumption that the hallucinogens have no value of any type, or no net value relative to their risks. Yet psychoactive plants having hallucinogenic effects have been valued for thousands of years in many cultures, in structured contexts, for their ability to facilitate spiritual (i.e., mystical/transcendent) experiences (Schultes and Hofmann 1992). The phenomenology of such mystical experiences has been well-described and, as discussed below by Dr. Hood, can be reliably measured. Many scholars of religion believe that "naturally-occurring" mystical experiences, often occasioned by prayer, fasting, solitude or other austerities, have provided the bedrock phenomenological foundation for most of the world's religions (Smith 2000). That is, the founders of many religions had profound mystical experiences on which they based their teachings.