By Patrick Lucas Austin/Posted at;ifehacker.com/-
Ever wonder why hippies love trees so much? It might be thanks to that handful of mushrooms they ate at Burning Man, according to a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology that found a (perhaps unsurprising) relationship between one’s experience consuming psychedelics and their perceived connectedness with nature.
It could be the other way around, though: the study doesn’t rule out the possibility that eco-friendly individuals are more likely to try substances like LSD.
The authors of the study, Matthias Forstmann and Christina Sagioglou, think there’s reason to believe psychedelic substances help people to appreciate nature. Psychedelics like psilocybin (the psychedelic compound found in over 200 species of mushrooms), found to alter connectivity between brain networks, are also associated with the “ego-dissolving” effects responsible for the feelings of connectedness with the natural world, though the researchers were unable to conclude that environmentally conscious individuals were simply more likely to eat some shrooms….
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