This Is Your Brain On Mushrooms
Get ready to free your mind.
A new study finds that tripping on magic mushrooms may be the fastest way into quieting traditional brain activity and jumpstarting new connections between areas of the brain that previously didn't communicate with one another.
Psilocybin, the main psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms, sprouts new links across previously disconnected brain regions, the study found, temporarily altering the brain's entire organizational framework.
The data visualization below (b) shows how these new connections among separate regions of the brain in people dosed with psilocybin; the one on the left represents the conventional connections in the brains of people not on the drug. You can see how much more connected the trippers brains are:
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