ANCHOR LEAD: USING THE HALLUCINOGENIC DRUG PSILOCYBIN UNDER RESEARCH CONDITIONS MAY HAVE BENEFITS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Psilocybin is the active compound in so called ‘magic mushrooms’, and has been used for a long time by certain cultures. Johns Hopkins researchers have shown that the drug does produce long-lasting feelings of well-being when given to research volunteers, but Mathew Johnson, one of the study’s authors, offers these caveats.
JOHNSON: It’s the preparation for the sessions and the selection of volunteers that we believe is key to the results that we’re finding. In other words, you wouldn’t expect these results from just any administration of this dose of the drug to any individual. We’re hoping to do some follow up work that explores under which conditions you may obtain these results. These were also highly prepared conditions where people went into the sessions knowing what to expect. :26
Johnson says anxiety and fear can sometimes overwhelm the positive aspects of psilocybin use, but that the controlled conditions of the study and training of participants helped them avoid these negative consequences. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.