Magic mushrooms to treat cancer anxiety? by ZDNet‘s Roland Piquepaille — In a 2006 study, U.S. researchers have shown that psilocybin, a substance contained in ‘sacred mushrooms,’ produced substantial spiritual effects — when administered under controlled conditions. The scientists recently interviewed the volunteer subjects and they’ve noted that most of them ‘continued to say 14 months later that the experience increased their sense of well-being or life satisfaction.’ These lasting benefits of ‘magic mushroom’ therapy — which included a single dose — are giving new ideas to the researchers. Why not using hallucinogens to treat cancer-related anxieties? New studies are being planned to answer this question and the researchers are recruiting volunteers. But read more…

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