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Psilocybin appears to have a uniquely powerful relationship with nature relatedness

by Eric W. Dolan

February 10, 2023

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The use of psilocybin, a hallucinogenic substance found in some “magic” mushrooms, has stronger connection to how people feel about nature compared to the use of other psychedelic drugs, according to new research published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

Research has found that the use of classic psychedelic drugs is positively associated with people’s sense of connectedness with the natural environment and even objective knowledge about climate change issues. While much of this research is correlational, there is some preliminary evidence of a causal link between psychedelic use and nature relatedness.

Classic psychedelics are a group of psychoactive substances that are known for producing profound alterations in perception, thought, and emotion. They are sometimes referred to as “serotonergic psychedelics” because they primarily act