Psilocybin promotes feeling at one with humanity, feeling a sense of unity.

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Besides sensory enhancement and visual hallucinations, participants in psilocybin-assisted therapy sessions have described the drug’s effects as a life-changing experience where they gain deep insight that shifts the way they think about themselves.

A mystical type of experience has also been linked with the use of psilocybin, Johnson said. People have described feeling at one with humanity, feeling a sense of unity, and feeling a sense of self dissolve after consuming the psychedelic compound, he explained.

Studies have shown that after taking psilocybin, there is a sharp increase in communication between areas of the brain that normally don’t talk to each other, which may partly explain the new insights people experience. There’s also a “quieting of deeply entrenched thought patterns that contribute to addictions, anxiety and depression, Johnson said.”

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