Dosing cancer patients with psilocybin

NYU is beginning research with using psychedelic drugs to improve the emotional/psychological health of people with cancer. An upcoming study with 32 volunteers will be the largest study of psychedelic medicine in more than 40 years.

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  1. For those with an interest in the subject, I strongly recommend "The Chemistry of Mind-Altering Drugs" by Perrine. It is a solid mix of, as the subtitle suggests, history, pharmacology and cultural context. Bonus in that it has real chemistry in it!

    Also, Johns Hopkins is (or was )studying psilocybin and cancer patients as well.

  2. Glad to see more progress in this arena (science -yay!) This quote from the article nails the rationale (not that I need convincing --preaching to the choir in my case):

    ‘When people are diagnosed with cancer, their lives can become
    constricted. They sometimes cope with terror and sadness by shutting
    down – they start to die before they actually do die,’ said Guss. ‘But
    with psychedelics, there is a flood of information, making people feel
    less shut down and more awake and alive.

    Tat tvam asi

  3. So they know they're receiving psilocybin, right?

  4. Kimmo says:

    Woo!

    Bring it.

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