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Kacey Musgraves had guided magic mushrooms trip


Kacey Musgraves went on a seven-hour guided magic mushroom trip.

The ‘Rainbow’ singer was keen to process the fallout from her divorce from Ruston and to “transform [her] trauma and pain into something else” so embarked on “plant therapy”, which involved taking the hallucinogenics under supervision, an experience she found “extremely useful” but also “deeply guttural, spiritual, terrifying”.

She explained: “I did it with a doctor friend here and her husband. It’s called plant therapy.

“It’s been looked at in a lot of areas for help with depression, anxiety, addiction, so many things.

“Baally, some neuroscientists [from Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University] have created a playlist that’s mu from all over the world, put together to guide you, in that state of mind, through different emotions, feeling memories, whatever.

“We have these neural pathways that we have worn into our brain, kind of like trails in the forest, and what these plants do is baally dump six feet of snow on those pathways and allow you to form new neural connections, to change your brain, change your habits.

“Through the experience, I was blindfolded, and on a comfortable couch with a soft blanket, this mu was playing and all the things I was seeing were in my mind’s eye. The mu was painting this whole story, pulling from childhood memories, experiences, thoughts.

“I was feeling every pluck of a string in my body, senses start to mix, you feel colours… it’s so hard to explain.”

Kacey admitted the experience was a “big part” of creating her new album, ‘Star-Crossed’.

She told Guardian Weekend magazine: “The day after, you’re encouraged to journal and relisten to the playlist, triggering some of the emotions that you felt then.

“So that’s what I was doing the day after, when the word ‘Star-Crossed’ popped into my mind as a title, and the concept of a modern tragedy, the acts: the exposition, the climax and the downfall, then the resolution.

“I don’t want it to necessarily speak for my brand as a whole, but it was a big part of this process.”

Meanwhile, Kacey admitted her split from Ruston, less than three years after they tied the knot, was accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic.

She said: “I think if the pandemic hadn’t coincided with such a massive life change, I could have just coasted for another couple of years, shoving myself full of distractions.

“It was a kind of luxury in disguise, being able to have the time to sit there and work through things.”

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