Psilocybins have many positive effects on the human brain, being known to cure ailments such as travel sickness and having magical effects on perception and spirituality.
They have been used for centuries with cave painting of mushrooms being found dated over 6,000 years ago.
The study, conducted at Kings College, London has found that psilocybins have an effect on the brain like nothing else seen before.
They found the compound to be connecting parts of the brain that are usually completely separate.
“…the compound connects brain regions that don’t normally talk together.”
The study found ‘long range connections’ between areas of the brain causing a state of synesthesia which accounts for why people describe seeing colours when listening to music.
Fellow Kings College psychopharmacology researcher Mitul Mehta said:
“…through studies such as these we can really begin to tackle the questions of how we achieve coherent experiences of ourselves in the world around us, and understand what makes this break down.”