1. Cigarette Smokers Interested in a Spiritual Approach to Quitting Smoking
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is seeking smokers who want to quit smoking to participate in a scientific study of spiritual/mystical experience brought about by psilocybin, a psychoactive etheogen (roughly meaning God-evoking substance) found in mushrooms used as a sacrament in some cultures, given in a comfortable, supportive setting.
Some studies have suggested that entheogens, when administered under interpersonally supportive and well-prepared conditions, are effective in helping people overcome addictions. Cognitive behavior therapy and ongoing interpersonal support will be integrated with psilocybin sessions in order to help participants quit smoking.
Questionaires, interviews and biological measures of smoking will be used to assess the treatment's effects on consciousness, mood and smoking. Volunteers enrolled in the study will receive careful preparation and three sessions in which they will receive psilocybin. Structured guidance will be provided during the sessions and afterwards to facilitate integration of the experiences. The study complies with FDA regulations.
Volunteers must be between 21 and 65 years of age, have no personal history of severe psychiatric illness or recent history of alcoholism or drug abuse, have someone willing to pick them up and drive them home at the end of the two psilocybin sessions (around 5 p.m.), and must live within travel distance of the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus.
If you would like to discuss the possibility of volunteering, please call 410-550-5990 and ask for Mary. Confidentiality will be maintained for all applicants and participants.
PI: Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D.
2. Do You or Someone You Know Want to Quit Smoking?
The Smoking Clinic at The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is currently recruiting adult research volunteers who are interested in trying new cigarettes. This research does not provide treatment and is not for people trying to quit smoking. Research participation requires visits to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center one or two times each week. Scheduling is flexible and you will be compensated for your time.
For more information, please call us at 410-550-5143. All calls are confidential.
PI: Maxine Stitzer, Ph.D.