Johns Hopkins U. Offers Free Psilocybin to Religious Leaders!
Science says: Come get high with us.
Are you a "religious leader" who has a taste for the spiritual side of hallucinogens? Johns Hopkins University of Baltimore, Maryland, has a job for you. Researchers at the private institution are eager to ask and answer the question: "Can psilocybin help deepen spiritual lives?"
Psilocybin, as the study's web page points out, is the active ingredient in what polite society refers to as "sacred mushrooms." Apparently, the Johns Hopkins researchers have heard tales of sacred mushrooms causing "unitive and mystical experiences."
It's hard to meet a shroom fan who has not delved deep within an inner resource of profound buzz. Do these godly highs emanate from a central spiritual source? Or is the blessed buzz merely a signpost to higher avenues of mystic travel? Only trained minds are qualified to make these distinctions, the trained minds at Johns Hopkins!
Faculty and students at the school, much like kids and teachers at the colleges everyone else went to, are "studying the effects of psilocybin." The difference is that the Johns Hopkins psychedelic investigators "wish to do so with the expertise of religious leaders or teachers of congregations and spiritual communities."
So, if you are a person who has a spiritual congregation under your command, and are between ages 25 and 80, you can go to Baltimore for "day-long contemplative sessions conducted by trained, supportive staff in a comfortable, living-room-like setting."
But there's a catch: Recent outbreaks of alcoholism or drug addiction, and personal or family history of severe psychiatric illness, are disqualifiers.
Thanks to Boing Boing for turning us on anyway.