Psychology

Magic mushrooms can help quit smoking

The active compound found in magic mushrooms is called psilocybin and was administered to a handful of smokers. The six-year study aimed to uncover the mechanism in the brain that makes it so difficult to kick the habit

‘Cigarette smoking is today a huge public health scourge and there are no effective reliable treatments,’ said Tehseen Noorani of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Durham University. ‘An open-label pilot study had impressive results in the treatment of cigarette smoking addiction with psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy, and we wanted to understand better how it worked – commonly referred to as the ‘mechanisms of change’.

Original Article (The Nation):
Magic mushrooms can help quit smoking
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