What's the newest science on "Magic Mushrooms"?

There are many new, exciting scientific studies being done on the physical and psychological effects of Psilocybin or "magic mushrooms". Unfortunately, much research was shut down in the 1960's, but slowly and surely reputable sources are begining to recognize the fungus's healing powers.

Check out this article from www.livescience.com

People given psilocybin, the compound in “magic mushrooms” that causes hallucinations and feelings of transcendence, demonstrated a more “open” personality after their experience, an effect that persisted for at least 14 months. Openness is a psychological term referring to an appreciation for new experiences.

Article: Psychedelic drugs induce 'heightened state of consciousness', brain scans show

 

In this study of the brain, researchers at the University of Sussex and Imperial College, London, measured the activity of neurons in people’s brains who had taken various psychedelic substances.

“People tend to associate phrases like ‘a higher state of consciousness’ with hippy speak and mystical nonsense. This is potentially the beginning of the demystification, showing its physiological and biological underpinnings. Maybe this is a neural signature of the mind opening.- Researcher Robin Carhart-Harris