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Has Psychedelics Changed Your Life? These Scientists Want To Hear From You

You might react suspiciously upon hearing that an institution wants to talk with you regarding your experience with drugs, but no need to act all paranoid, dude. That institution would be Johns Hopkins University and they want to hear from you if you’ve had any experience with substances like psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, DMT, or any other hallucinogenic substances.

The university is currently “working on a research study about psychologically insightful experiences that occurred after taking a psychedelic substance.” Those who’ve taken hallucinogenic substances and wish to participate will be asked to submit a completely anonymous survey with specific emphasis on “psychological insight,” and its short-term and long-term effects.

Previously, as VICE’s Motherboard noted, the groups studied those who might have experienced extraterrestrial or extra-dimensional entities while using DMT. But the group is now investigating something called quantum change.

“Quantum change is a theory that states that psychological insight or mystical experiences can bring about powerful changes in mood, behavior, thoughts etc,” Alan Davis told Motherboard. “When psychological insight and mystical experiences occur together they might produce even more profound changes. The importance of this quantum change model is incredible as it will expand our current framework of psychedelic therapy models and help provide evidence that mystical and insightful experiences that are brought about by psychedelics might explain why they are so powerfully associated with positive behavioral, emotional, and cognitive change.”

This study runs in conjunction with a newfound interest from scientists into the world of psychedelics, a substance previously shunned in the 20th century. Just last month, researchers in the United Kingdom found that psilocybin mushrooms could help those with treatment-resistant depression. In addition, two new books from well-known writers have recently explored the world of psychedelics—Michael Pollan’s How To Change Your Mind and Tao Lin’s Trip.

If you’re interested in participating in the Johns Hopkins study, you can check more out here.

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