The psychedelic drug psilocybin (the active ingredient in "magic mushrooms") may produce lasting, positive changes in personality, new research finds. People who took the drug showed increases in the key personality dimension of openness - being amenable to new ideas, experiences and perspectives - more than a year later.
"It was sort of like an anti-inflammatory for the ego"
The earlier study had found positive psychological changes - documented by both participants and their family members and other associates - in calmness, happiness and kindness. The new research found that the drug takers also saw long-term changes to their underlying personality.