Your Brain Shuts Off When Tripping Balls on Acid & Why it Could Cure OCD

Posted by on January 24th, 2012
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Researchers have long thought that hallucinogenic stimulated parts of your brain, which created insane visuals like that one time Gary down the street saw the poster melt in his hands and then was all like “Did you see that?” but you were too busy holding your iPhone in your hands and wondering if apps have souls.

New brain scan research suggests there might be a more profound explanation, key parts of your brain turn off while on magic mushrooms. Specifically, blood flow is restricted to the brain.

This could possibly be beneficial in opening up patients to learning new behaviors, which could help in treating Obsessive Compulsive personality disorders.

“Chemically switching off might have very profound beneficial effects,” says Nutt, who suspects that psilocybin could also be useful for treating obsessive-compulsive disorder. “It may help people completely locked into a mindset that drives their lives.”

The study also found a positive reaction to the question, “look at my fingers, aren’t they weird?”

[Science News]

2 Responses to “Your Brain Shuts Off When Tripping Balls on Acid & Why it Could Cure OCD”

  1. John Snyder Says:

    The article talks about psilocybin, but your article title calls it acid. The two act in different ways on the brain and the subjective effects are quite different.

  2. mxyzptlk Says:

    And how about those effects! Subjectively speaking, of course.