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First Major Clinical Trials Show Magic Mushrooms Heal Mental Illness like a ‘Surgical Intervention’

In June 2015 we reported on the re-emerging field of using psychedelics to treat mental illness, with psilocybin, in particular, showing great promise for chronic anxiety and depression. Western medicine began realizing its potential in the 1940s, but medical research was stamped out with the War on Drugs.

Now, as the injustice of the drug war is fully exposed, research is again turning to the amazing, natural power of psilocybin. William Richards at Johns Hopkins University has been dosing people with psilocybin for 15 years, and in 2006 published his first study demonstrating positive therapeutic results.

That study provided the impetus for a rapid expansion in psychedelic research. On December 1, results of the first two major clinical trials were published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology – showing yet again psilocybin’s remarkable effect on depression and end-of-life stress.

The studies are titled:

Rapid and sustained symptom reduction following psilocybin treatment for anxiety and depression in patients with life-threatening cancer: a randomized controlled trial

Psilocybin produces substantial and sustained decreases in depression and anxiety in patients with life-threatening cancer: A randomized double-blind trial

Authors of the first study summarize their results as follows:

“Prior to the crossover, psilocybin produced immediate, substantial, and sustained improvements in anxiety and depression and led to decreases in cancer-related demoralization and hopelessness, improved spiritual wellbeing, and increased quality of life. At the 6.5-month follow-up, psilocybin was associated with enduring anxiolytic and anti-depressant effects (approximately 60–80% of participants continued with clinically significant reductions in depression or anxiety), sustained benefits in existential distress and quality of life, as well as improved attitudes towards death. The psilocybin-induced mystical experience mediated the therapeutic effect of psilocybin on anxiety and depression.”

Authors of the second study concluded:

“…a single dose of psilocybin produced substantial and enduring decreases in depressed mood and anxiety along with increases in quality of life and decreases in death anxiety in patients with a life-threatening cancer diagnosis. Ratings by patients themselves, clinicians, and community observers suggested these effects endured at least 6 months. The overall rate of clinical response at 6 months on clinician-rated depression and anxiety was 78% and 83%, respectively.”

In both studies, there were no serious adverse events, although less than 18 percent of patients experienced some degree of nausea, headache or other symptoms that did not require medical intervention.

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The experience for some patients was nothing short of amazing. Dinah Bazer, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, was consumed with fear and anxiety. However, the psilocybin treatment allowed her to visualize her fear as a physical mass which she confronted and expelled.

Bazer is a self-proclaimed atheist, but she described her subsequent state of mind in spiritual terms.

I was bathed in God’s love, and that continued for hours,” said Bazer. “I really had no other way to describe this incredibly powerful experience.

Her fear, depression, and anxiety have not returned.

This mystical experience is characteristic of many patients in the clinical setting, and can be truly life-changing in a positive way. It can be described as the opposite of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), where a single event has a lasting negative effect on the mental state.

This is why Roland Griffiths, lead author of one of the aforementioned studies, says the psilocybin treatment is like a “surgical intervention.”

Scientists and doctors wrote 10 commentaries in the journal about the importance of the new clinical trials.

“To many people brought up on the Reagan drug-war era with the ‘drugs fry your brain’ message, psilocybin may seem a strange and possibly even a dangerous drug treatment of serious mental illness,” wrote David Nutt, a neuropsychopharmacologist at Imperial College London, in an editorial. But the high quality of the research and the strong support shown for it—the “list of the commentators reads like a Who’s Who of American and European psychiatry”—should “reassure any waverers that this use of psilocybin is well within the accepted scope of modern psychiatry,” Nutt adds.

Like cannabis, federal government stands in the way of research by listing psilocybin as a Schedule 1 drug, which severely hampers the ease with which researchers can procure the substance and test it. The war on drugs is a war on people. The real crime is government’s continued denial of this miraculous treatment to suffering people because of a drug war borne of racism and political corruption.

  • JdL

    Anyone who takes part in the criminal and illegitimate drug war deserves to be stopped by whatever means prove necessary.

    • davidhollenshead

      You don’t get it. Our Police are expected to act as highly trained robots, who carry out their departments orders on how to respond to a specific type of incident. However that is not who they are, but rather the nature of their position in our criminal justice system. They are a willing participant, because from their perspective, they are working for the good of their community.
      So if you disagree with their orders, take that up with their department in your community, or speak to them directly but politely, as a fellow human being. When talking to them this way, I’ve learned that the Officers of the Portland Police Bureau are quite disgusted by our city’s corruption.
      I also got PPB to address the three sex offenders that were squatting in the vacant house on Gibbs St., as this was next to Shriners & Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital, and these children’s hospitals are also considered schools. This was after Multnomah County and city of Portland wouldn’t deal with them. But explaining the situation to individual Police Officers fixed the situation fast. Considering that the sex offender who broke into the house had done 15 years, because he claimed the “the boy lied”, this was the right move, as he was a child molester. After he was evicted, he started a fight in Nevada,which resulted in his death in a justifiable homicide, as he was a total monster. Thanks Portland Police Bureau.
      So if you have a problem with our very insane drug laws, take that up with our government, not the people whose job is to collect the trash.

  • Sylvia María Valls

    Racism, political corruption and GREED… At 77 I vouch for the healthful effects of both psylocybe and mescaline (my first communion was with peyote in 1965, same week when I turned 26, 51 years ago).
    We must insist massively that the laws governing the use of our natural power plants and mushrooms are in contravention of our RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, FOLKS… !! http://www.institutosimoneweil.net http://www.mama-doc.com

    • naomi.king

      1 year have passed since I decided to abandon my previous job and it was a best decision i made in my life… I started to work over internet, for a company I discovered over internet, few hrs a day, and I earn much more than i did on my last job… My check for last month was for 9000 dollars… Superb thing about this job is that now i have more time for my kids… http://tiny.pl/g9s36

      • Sylvia María Valls

        I think you made a mistake when you posted this after my statement!! No connection! Or just plain SPAM!

    • Pat Taylor ╚(ಠ_ಠ)=┐

      Racism is a liberal boondoggle.

      There is only one “race” – The “human race” – What comprises the human race are variants.

      Tribalism is what people misconstrue as being racism in effect and tribalism will live for the duration of the human race, nothing will change this fact.

      • Sylvia María Valls

        You make a good point.. but tribalism can work in an open society as long as each person’s house or each family’s house is considered a separate sovereignty and the common areas shared fairly and equitably… with special areas signaled for communitarian use that may be selective as well… to my mind, having lived a long time among very many different people who are able to live side by side without their differences being a problem. What we need to make such peace and freedom, and love, possible is to CHANGE THE MONETARY SYSTEM TO WHAT IT OUGHT TO BE INSTEAD OF WHAT IT HAS BEEN, IS…

        • Pat Taylor ╚(ಠ_ಠ)=┐

          Tribalism is survival … tribalism can be what the people wish of it, in example, Afghanistan and Iraq are rife with raw tribalism and it clearly displays “survival” – until everyone sees who the enemy really is, people will continue to war with one another, the enemy uses the variants of the human race against one another from behind the scenes, (as seen with the destructive tools of Cultural Marxism being utilized in not only ɥɐʞᴉɹǝɯ∀, but all countries; Rothschild’s Multiculturalism) all of those with eyes wide shut are only able to interpret their neighbor as their enemy, and the enemy MUST be DESTROYED – the perfect weapon to use against humanity IS HUMANITY ITSELF!

          What we as people … the world over needs to do is to cease subscribing to the false paradigm known as government – and yes, it is time to abandon the money system of the Jewish (satanists) international bankers, some call it “capitalism’ (Karl Marx propaganda) or the “free market” – at either rate, the reality is that the financial system of ɥɐʞᴉɹǝɯ∀ is Bolshevism which is multi tiered usury.

          • Sylvia María Valls

            Couldn’t agree with you more…!!

  • davidhollenshead

    The effects of hallucinogens are a double edged sword:
    The suicide of Diane Linkletter was blamed on acid, but likely was an organic mental illness, that was exasperated by her use of LSD. This helped lead to Nixon’s failed War on Drugs, even though the poor woman would have likely succumbed to mental illness regardless. http://variety.com/2010/biz/opinion/art-linkletters-war-on-drugs-39200/
    [ I write this having an ex-girlfriend, who committed suicide because of Mental Illness]

    So while hallucinogens can be used to create new pathways in the brain, which can be used to break an existing, destructive thought process, they can also make an unstable person worse. If you know of a person who may have mental illness, don’t encourage them to try hallucinogens. If they insist, at least keep an eye on them, as they might get worse fast, from the experience.

    • sharkboy

      mushrooms and LSD are very different. I think psilocybin is more like the effect of DMT aka Ayahuasca. I’ve tried both and you are right for alot of sane people LSD is not easy to handle so I can imagine some things going wrong.
      (Sorry for your loss, I’ve ended up in hospitals with people)
      That being said I’ve never heard anyone suggest others to use LSD to fix their ptsd or other mental illnesses in my life.
      I know that Doctors and Scientists want to try to use it but I think it would be safe to use naturally occurring spiritual chemicals than a synthesized acid.

    • My friend Anthony ingested an eighth of Psilocybin mushrooms, and after the trip he starting having delusional thoughts and then eventually audio/visual hallucinations that persisted for months. He was later diagnosed with Schizo-affective disorder which he swears was brought on by the mushrooms, and perhaps dormant genes, but regardless the mushrooms still facilitated what could’ve been avoided altogether. He now lives with his parents and collects SSI. He never goes out like he used to. His girlfriend broke up with him. He’s gained a shitload of weight. He speaks about things that are very detached from reality. Disassociative symptoms all over the place. Here’s what they’re failing to mention in articles like this. In order for it to treat someone with mental illness, it must be taken in smaller doses, such as a gram or less, once a week. What happens then is neurogenesis in the Hippocampal region of the brain… but they don’t. They just publish the article.. then you get some desperate person to go out and buy, oh idk, usually an eighth, take the whole eigth, then end bringing out mental illness in the form of depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, schizo related disorders, bipolar disorders, etc etc. Dangerous disinformation here. Incomplete.

  • ♓Ξ▲ѴƳ Ƙ∆RM∆~Ð∈ßϯ SᏝ▲V∈

    Cannabis – “The Tree of Life”… Psilocybin Mushrooms – “The Tree of Knowledge” .. Use mindful moderation when legal or not because all drugs (alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, etc. included) are examples of extreme energy within the Yin & Yang energy spectrum ..

    The Bible is a collection of ancient metaphors that descended from the Greek and Egyptian mystery schools about ancient astronomy, astrology, and becoming your own god/authority through shamanistic use of entheogenic drugs which can lead to enlightenment.

    To understand the old testament you have to first understand that the “God” character is what the gnostics called the Demiurge, the sadistic evil creator god that hates mankind (think earth hell-planet). He is merely a tyrant and represents absolute authority. The belief system found in the New Testament is more along the lines with what the Aztec Indians practiced who worship the Sun and their sacred magic mushrooms they called the “flesh of the gods.” Which is the same thing as the flesh of Christ, the manna, the forbidden fruit, the honey, the medicine, the caduceus. It isn’t just Christianity, all of these ancient people worship mostly the Sun and entheogenic plants like hallucinogenic mushrooms―the tree of knowledge, and cannabis―the tree of life. Many of the more indigenous type religions still practice the ancient ways, such as the Native American Church that eats the sacred peyote which they call the medicine or the Ayahuasca Shamans in Brazil.

    Everything is vibrational energy. Our 6 senses are vibrational interpreters. When you fear you emanate that frequency in your personal physiological vibration and you experience things to be fearful of―”law of attraction”. Your most powerful center is your emotional center. Your emotions indicate to you you’re now in the “present moment” of vibrational offering which equals “point of attraction.” You are all the love you need to be. You are already ALL the essence that you seek … “GOD” ..

    “ALL within the ALL is ALL we ALL are … Peace”..

    ALL (finite beginning-ending/changing matter) within the ALL (Infinite Beginningless-Endingless/Non-Changing Spirit) is ALL we ALL are, therefore you and I are smaller consciousness finite fragments/specks/part and parcel of god, but NOT the Super Consciousness Infinite Spiritual Godhead … Peace ..

    Humans are both material and spiritual beings. More-so with spiritual resonance if ones pineal gland is clean as in Leviticus 15: “Cleanliness is Next to Godliness”.. THEREFORE clean away the sleepy eye crust from your third eye – ajna chakra … Then learn to abandon the ego before its far too late … Crucify the ego before we pine away .. Prying open the 3rd eye ..

    AGAIN … you and I are specks/fragments/part and parcel of that ALL/GOD .. However, we are NOT the Infinite Spiritual Godhead (Super Infinite Consciousness that creates and controls “The Order of the Infinite Universe”) .. AND neither was Jesus “as God incarnate” while he walked the earth as a material human being. But yes, as goal, Jesus certainly could have merged into the Spiritual Godhead thus avoiding another finite material universe side reincarnation back into a vast Hubble UDF Scan observed 176 Billion other Galaxies Universe where top Astronomy Scientists now speculate many other earth-like (hell) planets. I say “hell” planets because this is where we all come to suffer accordingly based on our “Cause & Effect”/Karma Debt Load. “The Order of the Infinite Universe” is highly representative of Balanced Order and this equates to Absolute Truth because the Infinite Spirit Realm IS Absolute Truth when compared to its opposite which is the finite material realm. Lies verse truth is what it comes down to for us human beings regarding consciousness. Think opposite points within the spectrum between Yin & Yang when considering lies verses truth. As a Golden Rule, I always recommend we learn to keep our lies mostly innocent, white, and few rather then highly deceptive, malicious, deep dark vicious black and many, which can cause great harm to others and our own consciousness while seeking higher truths.

    Youtube: Amazing documentary – The Missing History of Jesus Madeline Rose


    Youtube: The missing history from the Bible and of Jesus Christ ilovegiesu

    “A Complete Macrobiotic Yin Yang Philosophic Understanding Combined With Its Practical Dietary Discipline Is Timeless Universal Law. All Other Teachings Are Incomplete”. ~ Herman Aihara, Michio Kushi, & George Ohsawa https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0638a56903e1ad77fecd1c05e37593959407ec12b4f1858d2b9ff5d4bd2b08b3.jpg

    • Sylvia María Valls

      Thank you for your imput… I really appreciate it and will try to follow up…

  • LieutenantM

    Too bad these studies & this article did not go further to see how many of the damned cancers went away as a ha ha ha “side effect” of anxiety and depression being lifted……

    RESULT THAT THEY CAN’T GET PAID BIG BUCKS FOR….thus the schedule one listing….

    This site needs to get more relevant and energetic and brave in it’s editing.

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  • Asylumsix

    I remember reading a study that taking a low dose of magic mushrooms just once could improve your quality of life for up to 7 years essentially making you happier….. 1 time… .7 years….

  • Jeffrey Rausch

    As Timothy Leary once quoted “a friend of the devil is a friend of mine” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gY3dSqs68A . Conversely, Jesus said “Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever does not enter the sheepfold by the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. His sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will flee from him because they do not recognize his voice.” Jesus spoke to them using this illustration, but they did not understand what He was telling them” (Jn 10)

    • what the FUCK does this have to do with Psilocybin mushrooms in relation to mental illness?

  • problem is that they can also CAUSE mental illness