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Researchers find that a magic mushroom ingredient can help ease anxiety that is associated with late-stage cancer patients.
The hallucinogen psilocybin, or less medically known as magic mushrooms, can treat anxiety that is associated with late-stage cancer patients. Remarkably, it only took a single dose of the magic mushroom ingredient to make the patients less depressed six months in.
The study was published in the Archives of General Psychiatry — which detailed what happened when researchers examined 12 patients after giving them a small dose of the mushroom derived drug.
Hallucinogenic studies of the 1950s to 1970s showed promising results, but after widespread street use of hallucinogens like LSD led to rather restricting federal laws — academics were quick to abandon their studies.
But this study shows that patients with terminal cancer might get a trip from taking magic mushroom derived drugs.
The University of California Los Angeles researchers think times have changed and it's time to revisit this type of research again. (See Linda Marsa's feature in Discover on how an acid trip can cure your OCD).
Look, California is voting on the legalization of marijuana in November. And getting high is acceptable in 14 states that prescribe medical marijuana. Does this mean the sentiment of using illegal drugs for treatment might be easing up?
In related news, gap year students in Thailand are drinking magic mushroom milkshakes.
Sep 6, 2010
Wasn't this the problem Dr. Hoffman at Sandoz was trying to solve until he took his famous bicycle ride? His discovery probably would still work good for end-of-life transitions. But as the Thai students have once again shown, there's something worthwhile for those who aren't on their way out of this life. Maybe people in general wouldn't have so much anxiety if they could take control of altering their own consciousness instead having antidepressant pill pushers involved.
A friend of mine in the 70's advocated the same thing & from what I saw made a lot of sense. Problem was that he experimented on himself with hard drugs although not getting fully addicted to anything gave up his well paid job to do so therefore losing any credibility.last time I saw him was about 5-6 years ago quite happy smoking pot & working as a janitor for a school,probably retired or dead now pity great waste of talent.