Roland Griffiths’ psilocybin experiments have produced striking evidence for therapeutic uses of hallucinogens
Roland Griffiths first tried meditation as a grad student in the early 1970s. He lasted only a few weeks. He wanted to follow the directions, to quiet his mind and stop thinking, but every time the voice in his mind piped up again. Two decades passed before Griffiths gave meditation another shot. Since that first try, he had finished his doctorate in psychology and pharmacology, become a professor at Johns Hopkins, and established himself as one of the foremost researchers on effects of caffeine on the brain. This time, he tried Siddha Yoga, a practice that builds on millennia of Hindu traditions. As Griffiths became accustomed to sitting in silent meditation, he explored the “fantastically interesting” process by which thoughts arise.
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