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Using unusually rigorous scientific conditions and measures, Johns Hopkins researchers have shown that the active agent in "sacred mushrooms" can induce mystical/spiritual experiences descriptively identical to spontaneous ones people have reported for centuries. The resulting experiences apparently prompt positive changes in behavior and attitude that last several months, at least. More than 60 percent of subjects in the study described the effects of psilocybin in ways that met criteria for a "full mystical experience."
Hunter S. Thompson once said about this topic, "'consciousness expansion' went out with LBJ."
Yet, check out this recent novel to see a comic view of the mind expansion capabilities of hallucinogenics. Don't be fooled by the satiric title: A Million Little Pieces of Feces - The fake memoir thats so much more fun than James Frey's.
On the cover it proclaims to be: The Great Gatsby of Hallucinating Tractor Journalist Books
And it is.