Hopkins’ Magic Mushrooms Research Looks to Spread Peace to Cancer Patients

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Photo by Erik Fenderson, via Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Erik Fenderson, via Wikimedia Commons

Johns Hopkins’ research into magic mushrooms has already yielded meaning and music for people who are healthy. Now the psylocibin studies are bringing peace to patients.

The New York Times details new results from a study that indicates ‘shrooms can help relieve anxiety and depression in cancer patients. About 80 percent of the participants in the study showed that the patients were much more relaxed, and that a single dose lasted for seven months. Plus, side effects were minimal.

And, they had epiphanies. Hopkins Medicine’s final statistic states that taking the drug led to one of the top five “spiritually significant events” in their lives for 70 percent of the 51 participants.

In the Times article, a participant in the Hopkins study talks about “spirals of iridescent spheres that folded in on themselves” he saw during the trial. He said he left with “a greater sense of peace.”

The researchers noted that it was just a small study in a controlled setting, so it won’t work for “self-treatment.”



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