Magic Mushrooms Confirmed As Cancer Drug

Psilocybe mexicana. Photo: Cactu (CC)

Psilocybe mexicana. Photo: Cactu (CC)

The shamanic use of sacred plants has long demonstrated some amazing mental health benefits. Now a new study reports that magic mushrooms, a/k/a psilocybin, are beneficial for terminal cancer patients. Anne Harding reports for Health.com/CNN:

Terminally ill cancer patients struggling with anxiety may get some relief from a guided “trip” on the hallucinogenic drug psilocybin, a new study suggests.

The study included 12 patients who took a small dose of psilocybin — the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms” — while under the supervision of trained therapists. In a separate session, the participants took a placebo pill, which had little effect on their symptoms.

By contrast, one to three months after taking psilocybin the patients reported feeling less anxious and their overall mood had improved. By the six-month mark, the group’s average score on a common scale used to measure depression had declined by 30 percent, according to the study, which was published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

In follow-up interviews with the researchers, some patients said their experience with psilocybin gave them a new perspective on their illness and brought them closer to family and friends.

“We were pleased with the results,” says the lead researcher, Charles Grob, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, in Torrance, Calif.

Notably, the psilocybin did not aggravate the patients’ anxiety or provoke any other unwanted effects besides a slight increase in blood pressure and heart rate…

[continues at Health.com/CNN]

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  • Honuman

    A very nice, amiable report about the use of psilocybin. Lord knows the trip itself isn’t this sterile.

  • Gemmarama

    and the season is upon us!

  • Hornet Montana

    What do the trained therapists tell the patients when they see purple octopi humanoids fornicating in trees? When they see the chocolate chip cookie they’re eating breathing?

    • Dlapep

      That would never happen on a controlled dose of psilocybin, and if you think it would you have taken them and are probably not very connected to drug culture. Visuals like that are uncommon unless a large amount of the drug, it’s not like tripping on LSD it’s more of a visual enhancement. Some times seeing colors change and mostly a motion of patterns.

      • Jerkoff

        I don’t get it – you’re saying “if you think it would (happen, then) you have taken them” and are “not very connected to drug culture.” What does this even mean? My opinion or experience aside, what you’re saying is effectively this: You think apples taste sweet, but only because you probably have eaten one while not being very informed about apple horticulture. What does drug culture have to do with one’s experience while on a drug? Fucking moron.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Id have to agree with the research on this one…mushrooms weren’t a ‘party’ trip for me…they were intense and yet very relaxing…and let me dispassionately examine relationships while still feeling connected, not just to loved ones, but to everything. I came away from it very content and serene…but I still recommend safe choices about their use…psychedelics are not for everyone…they can be terrifying for people who aren’t comfortable with a loss of control over their senses.

    • Gemmarama

      yeah it helps if you’ve taken absolutely shitloads of all the other drugs before you try mushies ;-)

      • Haystack

        I started on mescaline. That was my gateway drug to pot. *g*

    • Haystack

      That’s the problem I see with trying to incorporate psychedelics into the medical system. Eventually a patient is going to freak, and what happens then? Also, the people doing this research are experienced with psychedelics and know how to babysit someone–your average doctor doesn’t give two shits.

      • Alech

        Every day people die of prescription drugs. A system that can handle that can handle a couple of freakouts as well. That’s what insurance and lawyers are for.

  • Anonymous

    Just don’t try it with stomach cancer. ouch

  • Haystack

    I started on mescaline. That was my gateway drug to pot. *g*

  • Alech

    Every day people die of prescription drugs. A system that can handle that can handle a couple of freakouts as well. That’s what insurance and lawyers are for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Liam-Allan/1015685004 Liam Allan

    this is a good thing, i could go on about this that and the next thing, but what i really wanted to comment on is the fact that, if your dying from cancer, you should be entitled to shit like this, among the obvious advantages. I feel it would greatly help them make peace with the fact that their time is up. when i take mushrooms, i allways feel a great sense of peace, i am able to geatly explore myself, others and the world. This has helped me from being a very angry person, very volitile. to becoming, well, a hippy of sorts. When walking down the street say, i have replaced the thought “what the fuck are you looking at” with something akin to unconditional love.
    Truly it is an experience everyone should undertake at one time or another

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Liam-Allan/1015685004 Liam Allan

    this is a good thing, i could go on about this that and the next thing, but what i really wanted to comment on is the fact that, if your dying from cancer, you should be entitled to shit like this, among the obvious advantages. I feel it would greatly help them make peace with the fact that their time is up. when i take mushrooms, i allways feel a great sense of peace, i am able to geatly explore myself, others and the world. This has helped me from being a very angry person, very volitile. to becoming, well, a hippy of sorts. When walking down the street say, i have replaced the thought “what the fuck are you looking at” with something akin to unconditional love.
    Truly it is an experience everyone should undertake at one time or another

  • Dlapep

    That would never happen on a controlled dose of psilocybin, and if you think it would you have taken them and are probably not very connected to drug culture. Visuals like that are uncommon unless a large amount of the drug, it’s not like tripping on LSD it’s more of a visual enhancement. Some times seeing colors change and mostly a motion of patterns.

  • Jerkoff

    Uhm, it was proven to treat anxiety, not cancer. The headline of this article is ridiculously misleading.

  • Jerkoff

    Uhm, it was proven to treat anxiety, not cancer. The headline of this article is ridiculously misleading.

  • Jerkoff

    I don’t get it – you’re saying “if you think it would (happen, then) you have taken them” and are “not very connected to drug culture.” What does this even mean? My opinion or experience aside, what you’re saying is effectively this: You think apples taste sweet, but only because you probably have eaten one while not being very informed about apple horticulture. What does drug culture have to do with one’s experience while on a drug? Fucking moron.

  • Just_joking1

    think i found these things

  • Just_joking1

    think i found these things

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