Brain scans reveal magic mushroom drug enhances mindfulness meditation



Health



29 May 2019

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Psychedelic drugs may make meditation more powerful

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By Sam Wong

Meditation and psychedelic drugs are both being investigated as potential treatments for improving mental health, but what happens when the two are combined? To find out, scientists invited a group of meditators to take psilocybin, the active component of magic mushrooms. Their self-reported experiences – and brain scans – hint that such a combined approach leads to stronger effects.

Mindfulness meditation, a set of techniques designed to increase people’s attentiveness and acceptance of the present moment, is thought to have some beneficial effects on …

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