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What it’s like to trip on psilocybin for a scientific research study

Mind 15 January 2020 By Sam Wong Andrew McInnes / Alamy Stock PhotoMy sense of self has always felt like a robust, unshakeable part of my existence, so it came as something of a shock to have it temporarily obliterated. The agent responsible for this unusual experience was psilocybin, a chemical found in magic mushrooms.…



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15 January 2020

By Sam Wong

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My sense of self has always felt like a robust, unshakeable part of my existence, so it came as something of a shock to have it temporarily obliterated.

The agent responsible for this unusual experience was psilocybin, a chemical found in magic mushrooms. I’ve often reported on research into the possible use of psilocybin and other psychoactive compounds to treat depression, so was curious to volunteer for a study assessing the safety of psilocybin in people with no known mental health conditions.

Psilocybin has been known to science since 1959 and is the …

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