Psychology

1 billion views! Why we should be concerned about PR campaign for 2 RCTs of psilocybin for cancer patients

“Why not extend to primary care physicians the option of prescribing psilocybin to their patients? What would be accomplished is that the purity could be assured. But why should psilocybin use being limited to mental health conditions…? Should we exclude patients who are atheists and only want a satisfying experience, not a spiritual one?”

Experience in other countries suggests that psilocybin can safely be ingested in a supportive, psychologically safe environment. Why not allow cancer patients and others to obtain psilocybin with assured purity and dosage? They could then ingest it in the comfort of friends and intimate partners who have been briefed on how the experience needs to be managed. …But should we require that persons need to be dying in order to have a psilocybin experience without the risk of criminal penalties? Why not allow psilocybin to be ingested in the presence of pastoral counselors or priests whose religious beliefs are more congruent with the persons seeking such experiences than are New York City psychiatrists?

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1 billion views! Why we should be concerned about PR campaign for 2 RCTs of psilocybin for cancer patients
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