Earlier, I posted some of the key findings of the Johns Hopkins psilocybin experiments and a condensation of the concerns and criticisms the research has drawn. I promised responses to some of those concerns; this is the first in that series.
Concern/criticism:Â “What’s the big deal?Â I took mushrooms, and my experience was neither ‘spiritual’ nor life-changing.”
This of course proves that not all hallucinogen experiences are profound, but not that none is.*
Why are some hallucinogen experiences recalled as life-transforming and others as trivial?Â Likely because the trivial experiences involved a suboptimal dosage, ill-focused intentions, a suboptimal setting, or the wrong person. Or because even when all those things are right, any given experience may not be profound. But the research shows that well-screened and well-prepared people given a sufficient dose under good circumstances have a two-thirds or better chance of a profound experience, and a very small risk of real harm.
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