Thursday, December 01, 2016
New research finds that psilocybin, the long-banned active compound in magic mushrooms, helps cancer patients deal with the anxiety, depression and fear of death that often accompanies the disease. Two studies published Thursday found that a single dose of psilocybin reduced negative feelings for months at a time while increasing optimism, feelings of connection with other people, and mystical and spiritual experiences. The findings, which appeared in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, are from clinical trials at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and New York University Langone Medical Center.
One patient's experience: "The anxiety disappeared, and I felt total joy. I felt an acceptance of the world as it is and myself as I am ... I learned to live in a new way, not governed by fear. The drug gave me time to recover and learn some new life skills ... The main one was meditating every day."
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