Psychedelic God

Psilocybin-containing mushrooms and the Amazonian brew ayahuasca, for example, have both associated with triggering religious experiences.

In a survey of thousands of people who reported having experienced personal encounters with God, researchers report that more than two-thirds of self-identified atheists shed that label after their encounter.

Moreover, the researchers say, a majority of respondents attributed lasting positive changes in their psychological health—e.g., life satisfaction, purpose, and meaning—even decades after their initial experience.

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