Growing research finds psychedelics effective in disease treatments
“McGlothlin, who was one of the study’s early participants three years ago, had gone cold turkey, attended smoking cessation classes and practiced behavioral modification. He said psychedelics gave him a sense of peace and clarity that enabled him to give up cigarettes. “
In recent years, researchers have investigated a number of possible ways that psychedelics could be used therapeutically. Last year, Johns Hopkins completed a study of individuals suffering from a life-threatening cancer diagnosis. The patients were administered psilocybin for end-of-life anxiety and depression symptoms. The findings have not yet been released. Hopkins also studied how the drugs, combined with meditation, can enhance psychological well-being and spirituality in healthy people. Those finding also have not been released. Psilocybin is being studied as a treatment for alcoholism at the University of New Mexico and New York University, as a treatment for cocaine dependence at University of Alabama at Birmingham, and as a novel antidepressant at Johns Hopkins and at Imperial College London. Psilocybin has also been studied as a treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder at the University of Arizona.
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