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’.