Myth: Some People Never Stop ‘Tripping’ After Eating MushroomsMadalyn McElwain
DanceSafe is here to debunk the myth that once you experiment with psilocybin mushrooms, you will never stop ‘tripping.’
Those who claim that some people do not stop tripping after taking mushrooms might be getting confused with the fact that a mushroom experience may alter someone’s personality permanently–but for the better. A John Hopkins University study shows that a single high dose of the hallucinogen psilocybin (the active ingredient in ‘magic mushrooms’) was enough to bring about a measurable personality change lasting at least a year in nearly 60 percent of the 51 participants in the study.
According to the study, the experience created lasting change in the part of the personality known as openness, “which includes traits related to imagination, aesthetics, feelings, abstract ideas and general broad-mindedness.” These changes “were larger in magnitude than changes typically observed in healthy adults over decades of life experiences,” which is significant because “[r]esearchers in the field say that after the age of 30, personality doesn’t usually change significantly.”
The results revealed that while other aspects of personality stayed the same, openness increased after a psilocybin experience. The effect was especially persistent for those who reported a “mystical” experience with their dose. These mystical experiences were marked by a sense of profound connectedness, along with feelings of joy, reverence and peace.
So, while the trip most certainly wears off (within 4-8 hours, depending on the dose and your metabolism), the effects may be everlasting–effects that are most certainly beneficial in the long run. Always do your research before spreading misinformation, and remember to #JustSayKnow
Note: DanceSafe neither condemns nor condones drug use. Rather, we intend to help stop the spread of misinformation with our #MythBusterMonday posts. We also recognize that hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD) is a real thing and do not intend to undermine its severity.