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How Do Psilocybin Mushrooms Reduce Brain Activity of the Ego?

Can psychedelic drugs help depression, addiction and other illnesses rooted in rigid thought patterns? Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, of the Neuro-psycho-pharmacology Unit, Imperial College London believe that a special type of mushroom may hold the answer.

Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris is studying how Psilocybin and other psychedelic drugs can treat a wide range of mental problems, including addiction. He is first researchers in 40 years to conduct the effects of psychedelic drugs.

Using a FMI brain imager, Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris investigates the resting state activation in the brains of volunteers who tool a small yet potent intravenous dose of psilocybin mushrooms. The result of his test surprised everyone, including himself.

Through his study, he found that the drug decreased the activities of various centers of coordination in the brain. By decreasing brain activity, a person will feel a deeper sense of self, allowing the individual to expand his consciousness. Aldous Huxley, described the process as the opening of the mind’s reducing valve, in his book, The Doors of Perception.

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