What your brain looks like on magic mushrooms – Telegraph

Brain on right connected by shroom power!

It might look the uninspired doodlings from a Spirograph session but, this is how connections in the brain look when it is intoxicated with magic mushrooms.

Researchers analysed MRI scans of 15 people who were injected with psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, and compared them to scans of their normal brain activity.

The result shows how areas of the brain which are not normally linked are suddenly connected.

The scientists say it might explain how psychedelic drugs produce their mind-altering effects and a heightened state of awareness.

Study co-author Giovanni Petri, a mathematician at Italy’s Institute for Scientific Interchange, said: ““In a normal brain, many things are happening. You don’t know what is going on, or what is responsible for that, so you try to perturb the state of consciousness a bit, and see what happens.”

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