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Doctors at the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit of Johns Hopkins University are seeking volunteers for a study assessing the therapeutic value of the psychoactive substance, psilocybin, in sacred mushrooms (aka magic mushrooms). Volunteers with a current or past diagnosis of cancer are being sought. Our source notes: "Publicizing this trial has been very challenging so we are asking for your assistance to help us get the word out." We can imagine, given that "spaced out" and the "hemp effect" come immediately to mind upon suggestion of beneficial applications for psychedelic substances.But a quick review of the facts indicates that the study is legitimate. Certainly, the reputation of Johns Hopkins Medicine gives the study gravity. We have also verified that the clinical trials are registered at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Trials Website.
The theory: if a person is able to deal with their emotional fears and their mental fears about their disease, it frees them to focus on fighting the disease. Previous magic mushroom studies have shown that a single magic mushroom treatment under controlled circumstances can have positive mental health benefits for months or years later. At a minimum, the study hopes to show an improved quality of life for cancer patients who have used the psychoactive agents as part of a treatment program. A video of a cancer patient experience with psilocybin is linked to reassure potential volunteers who have fears due to the historical perceptions of magic mushrooms. According to our source, Principal Investigator and Johns Hopkins University Professor Roland Griffiths Ph.D. has been quoted:
the primary mystical experience might fundamentally change the perception of disease and perhaps quality of life in people distressed by life-threatening diagnoses of cancer.
Interested volunteers can learn more at BPRU Cancer Volunteers Sought.