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Using psychoactive drugs, such as magic mushrooms could help people defeat their addiction to tobacco, scientists have suggested.
This is because the intense psychedelic experiences mean they forget withdrawal symptoms, claim scientists.
Compound - Mushrooms - Psilocybin - Handful - Smokers
The active compound found in magic mushrooms is called psilocybin and was administered to a handful of smokers.
The six-year study aimed to uncover the mechanism in the brain that makes it so difficult to kick the habit.
Smoking - Today - Health - Scourge - Treatments
'Cigarette smoking is today a huge public health scourge and there are no effective reliable treatments,' said Tehseen Noorani of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Durham University.
'An open-label pilot study had impressive results in the treatment of cigarette smoking addiction with psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy, and we wanted to understand better how it worked – commonly referred to as the 'mechanisms of change'.'
Study - Researchers - Individuals - Study - Smoking
For the study, the researchers interviewed 12 individuals who had participated in a previous study on psilocybin-facilitated smoking cessation.
In the original study, the participants received cognitive-behaviour therapy along with two or three psilocybin treatment sessions.
Interviews - Average - Months - Psilocybin - Sessions
The interviews were conducted an average of 30 months after the initial psilocybin sessions.
Nine of the 15 participants had effectively quit smoking after treatment with the magic mushroom-derived compound, while two relapsed and one participant became a social smoker.
Participants - Benefits - Addiction
Participants also reported benefits besides overcoming nicotine addiction.
The people in the study reported heightened levels of aesthetic appreciation, openness to experience and engagement...
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