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'Magic Mushrooms': Cancer Patients Get Psychedelic Relief

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Magic mushrooms are seen in a grow room at the Procare farm in Hazerswoude, central Netherlands on Aug. 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

By    |   Friday, 02 Dec 2016 05:27 AM

“Magic mushrooms” could treat cancer patients struggling with anxiety and depression, and some scientists are urging more research into the possibility.

Two early studies show that “magic mushrooms,” also known as "shrooms," contain a psychedelic drug called psilocybin that is capable of relieving anxiety and depression in cancer patients, despite being illegal in the United States, according to USA Today.

Several distressed patients were treated at two well-known medical centers, where they experienced major improvements in their anxiety and depression after just weeks of taking the psychedelic drug, according to The Journal of Psychopharmacology.

Experts from the studies said these were just preliminary tests, and they supported the continuation of research into the drug, suggesting that psilocybin is “well within the accepted scope of modern psychiatry,” USA Today reported, quoting David Nutt, a professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College, London.

According to The New York Times, the studies showed that 80 percent of cancer patients that used the drug “showed clinically significant reductions in both psychological disorders” with “minimal” side effects.

Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, a former president of the American Psychiatric Association, and Dr. Daniel Shalev of the New York State Psychiatric Institute have endorsed the two studies, which included 29 patients at New York University and 51 at Johns Hopkins University, the Times noted.

Lieberman and Shalev said the studies serve as “a model for revisiting criminalized compounds of interest in a safe, ethical way.”

They added that “there is much potential for new scientific insights and clinical applications.”

One cancer patient, Patrick Mettes, who had been experiencing anxiety, volunteered to take part in a study in recent years, according to CNN.

Mettes was given a synthetic version of psilocybin, which appeared to help his depression before his death in 2012, CNN noted.

“I believe it helped him, and both of us, live life fully up to the very end,” Lisa Callaghan, Mettes’ wife, said at a news conference on Wednesday, according to CNN.

Callaghan said she believes the drug helped her late husband get over his fear of death.

“He was not afraid of death, and in fact, he seemed to grow through the process of dying,” she said, per CNN. “My brother was with us quite a bit during that time and says that he felt that Patrick’s spirit grew as his body declined.”

Psilocybin has been illegal in the U.S. for over 40 years.

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