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Psychedelic trips may open the mind, as some have suggested

A group of tripped out volunteers just helped scientists better understand what’s going on in the brain when people take psychedelic drugs such as LSD, ketamine, or the magic mushroom molecule, psilocybin, The Guardian reports. Brain activity was increased and more sporadic while under the influence, the researchers show in a study published today in Scientific Reports. They suggest that these findings could give a bit of credence to the hippy notion that psychedelics open up “a higher state of consciousness” in the mind. Although what all this extra brain activity means, and whether it is healthy, is still far from resolved.