Researchers Find That Psychedelic Substance Effects Are Akin to Mystical Experiences

September 9, 2020 14:45:31

Researchers in Finland are looking into the relationship between mystical experiences and psychedelic substances. Their new research study shows that the use of the Finnish version of the MEQ30 assessment to capture the effects of psychedelic substances on different individuals records the personal experiences accurately.

Study author and postdoctoral researcher at Tampere University, Samuli Kangaslampi, stated that studies with both healthy volunteers and clinical populations and also population-based research, show that some individuals may undergo positive changes in their relationships as well as their well-being after the use of various psychedelic substances.

This is despite the lack of evidence to back these claims due to the lack of enough research from Nordic contexts as well as the limitation of mystical-type psychedelic induced experiences to only some cultural surroundings. The study shows that these positive changes may be as a result of mystical experiences that occur while under the influence of psychedelics.

The study, which examined 288 psychedelic users, all fluent in Finnish, used a Finnish translated version of the Mystical Experience Questionnaire (MEQ30) to validly and reliably measure their transcendent experiences. This questionnaire was originally created in English and was used to evaluate transcendental occurrences as well as the character of said distinct experience.

Kangaslampi and his colleagues discovered there was a higher probability that individuals who had high scores on the MEQ30 would describe the psychedelic occurrence as spiritual, mystical or religious and also as personally significant. The researchers noted that despite it being weak, the connection between the experience being sad, fun and or difficult was significant. Recent research has also demonstrated that going through a mystical occurrence may be connected to better relationships, both with oneself as well as others and the natural environment.

Psychedelics are known to give rise to strong personal experiences that are similar to those that have been described by dedicated mediators, antics and also religious practitioners. To understand this better, scientists are looking into various ways of evaluating these experiences on top of deducing their possible effects and meanings. This will open up an array of possibilities for researchers to delve deeper into the study of psychedelic substances as well as the effects they have on different individuals.

Additionally, Kangaslampi explained that while profound and powerful experiences were noted in many psychedelics consumers and that the goal of the study was to evaluate and prove mystical experiences, the discussion on whether the various attributes the experiences possess and how they are better described; be it as emotional breakthroughs, peak experiences or mystical-type experiences, is still up for debate.

It remains to be seen what psychedelics companies like Cybin Corp. think about the description of psychedelic experiences as being mystical in nature.

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