New research has discovered a positive link between the use of psychedelics, mindfulness practice and overall psychological well-being. Western University’s Tianhong Tim Qiu, the author of the study, stated that psychedelics were growing in popularity both in academic study and popular culture, noting that while most studies focused on the medical/clinical applications of these drugs as alternative therapy options for mental health conditions, users had claimed that the drugs were also beneficial to psychological well-being.
The researchers’ primary objective was to find out whether ordinary individuals who used psychedelics without treatment protocols, doctor supervision and a clinical setting, could benefit from the use of these drugs. Additionally, the researchers were curious to compare the parallels between psychedelics and mindfulness in an effort to understand both topics better.
For their research, the scientists recruited more than 1,200 individuals to take part in a survey that asked questions about their use of psychedelic drugs and their meditation practices. Participants were also required to complete the following questionnaires: the Mystical Experience Questionnaire and the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire. Responses were used to measure aspects of the psychedelic experience and an individual’s general tendency to be mindful, respectively. In addition, participants were required to complete self-reported evaluations of negative and positive mood states over the last week, including stress, anxiety, depression, wisdom, meaning in life and life satisfaction.
The researchers found that individuals who admitted to using psychedelics had greater trait mindfulness and intense mystical experiences in comparison to others, while those who practiced meditation had higher scores on the measure of mystical experiences and trait mindfulness. Greater mindfulness was also linked to greater life satisfaction, greater wisdom, better mental health and better mood. Similarly, those who reported that they had more intense mystical experiences had greater life satisfaction, presence of meaning in life and positive affect.
In an interview, Qiu explained that the research demonstrated that mindfulness and psychedelic drugs held promise in the enhancement of the lives of healthy individuals as well as patients living with certain indications.
In their report, the researchers noted that the study had some limitations, including the fact that most of the individuals who took part in the study had been recruited from online communities related to meditation and psychedelics, which meant that it’s possible that the study didn’t recruit people who had had negative experiences with meditation or psychedelics.
The study’s findings were reported in the “Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.”
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