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Magic mushrooms ease anxiety in cancer patients.

Posted Sep 07 2010 10:48am

We've touched on the potential for hallucinogens in treating anxiety before here on PANIC! , and now CNN has another story about the promise of trippy drugs, this time magic mushrooms. From the story
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.
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