Johns Hopkins University researchers have found that the effects of "magic mushrooms" are by and large very, very positive! More specifically, psilocybin, the hallucinogen that makes shrooms, well, shrooms, seems to have an overall healthy effect on the human psyche and increase a person's sense of "openness" not just during usage but for at least a year afterwards.
Based on clinical tests, the author of the study Roland R. Griffiths had this to say:
"[Personality has] been thought to be relatively immutable, and stable across the lifespan. But remarkably, this study shows that psilocybin actually changes one domain of personality that is strongly related to traits such as imagination, feeling, abstract ideas and aesthetics, and is considered a core construct underlying creativity in general … And the changes we see appear to be long-term."
Initial findings are so positive that researchers think psilocybin may have the potential to be used therapeutically. However, Griffiths made sure to add, "Certainly we want to underscore do not try this at home. […] We wouldn't want to be a reason for an uptick for non-medical, uncontrolled use of this sort of thing."
Okay, so, official warnings notwithstanding, we essentially have scientific confirmation that taking mushrooms will make you more chilled out, happy, and creative, which anecdotal evidence has been telling us for years. Shine on, you crazy diamonds.