Why We Need to Take Magic Mushrooms Seriously

A new study found that the active substance in hallucinogenic mushrooms makes people less judgmental and more forgiving. So why isn't it a medicine?

Psilocybin. It's the psychoactive substance in those "sacred mushrooms" that causes hallucinations and other novel mental experiences. The effects of those mushrooms have been explored and appreciated by members of the ancient Capsian culture in North Africa, Aztec shamans, and modern college students. But they're now the subject of serious study by scientists.

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