Johns Hopkins Seeks Volunteers to Take Magic Mushrooms

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Click to view A recent study showed that taking psilocybin (magic mushrooms) creates a sense of well-being, and now Johns Hopkins University is following up on that study. Researchers at Johns Hopkins medical school are investigating whether taking psilocybin can help cancer patients who are feeling defeated and unhappy. And they're looking to recruit people to take shrooms for the study right now.


If you've had cancer, or been diagnosed with cancer, you are eligible to participate. Says the call for volunteers:

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University are seeking volunteers with a current or past diagnosis of cancer who have some anxiety or are feeling down about their cancer to participate in a scientific study of self-exploration and personal meaning brought about by the entheogen psilocybin, a psychoactive substance found in mushrooms used as a sacrament in some cultures, given in a comfortable, supportive setting. Questionnaires and interviews will be used to assess the effects of the substance on consciousness, mood, and behavior.

Volunteers enrolled in the study will receive careful preparation and 2 sessions in which they will receive psilocybin. Structured guidance will be provided during the session and afterwards to facilitate integration of the experiences. The study complies with FDA regulations.

Volunteer must be between the ages of 21 and 70, 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 5:00 PM).


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If you want to find out more about study, or are interested in volunteering, visit the call for volunteers website.

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"Researchers had discovered adverse reactions with several early test subjects who after taking the mushrooms experienced a world of drab color, full of dirt and grime, with strange looking and hostile people. They later learned that many of those patients were on the placebo and in fact all were simply in Baltimore."