If you’ve got a tricky problem that needs solving, a minute dose of magic mushrooms could help you to crack it, according to a new study.
Researchers have revealed that tiny doses of magic mushrooms and truffles could help you to produce more new and creative ideas.
The study involved 36 participants, who were asked to carry out a range of tasks both before and after taking small doses of magic mushrooms.
The tasks assessed their convergent thinking (the identification of a single solution to a problem), their fluid intelligence (the capacity to reason and solve new problems) and their divergent thinking (the ability to recognise many possible solutions).
The researchers also analysed the active substances present in the truffles consumed by participants.
The results revealed that after taking the microdose, participants’ convergent thinking skills improved.
Participants also had more creative ideas about how to solve the task, suggesting their divergent thinking had also improved.
Luisa Prochazkova, who led the study, said: “Taken together, our results suggest that consuming a microdose of truffles allowed participants to create more out-of-the-box alternative solutions for a problem, thus providing preliminary support for the assumption that microdosing improves divergent thinking.
“Moreover, we also observed an improvement in convergent thinking, that is, increased performance on a task that requires the convergence on one single correct or best solution.”
The researchers hope their findings will encourage more studies into the benefits of microdosing.
Ms Prochazkova added: ‘Apart from its benefits as a potential cognitive enhancement technique, microdosing could be further investigated for its therapeutic efficacy to help individuals who suffer from rigid thought patterns or behaviour such as individuals with depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder.”