Psychedelic Mushrooms May Help Treat Drug Addiction; Somebody Call the Irony Police

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Congratulations drug addicts -- doctors hope to prove that the cure for your addiction is the actual cause of your affliction: More drugs!

Doctors from around the globe are meeting in San Jose, California, this week to revisit the topic of hallucinogenic drugs used to treat stuff such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and -- of all things -- addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Way to fight fire with fire.

The hallucinogen in question isn't your 1960s-variety, Timothy Leary acid -- it's psilocybin (the stuff that makes you trip out when you eat hallucinogenic mushrooms).

According to a New York Times report, doctors at several universities across the world, including the University of Arizona, have been researching the effects of using the chemical as a way to treat a variety of different ailments, and patients are responding positively.

One of the test subjects, retired physician Clark Martin, suffers from depression, but after treatment with psilocybin during an experiment at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, the 65-year-old Martin says things magically got better.

"All of a sudden, everything familiar started evaporating," he tells the Times. "Imagine you fall off a boat out in the open ocean, and you turn around, and the boat is gone. And then the water's gone. And then you're gone."

After about eight hours, cool stuff like that stops happening, but Martin says the long-term effects of the treatment -- in his case -- have been positive.

Dr. Charles Grob has been researching the drug at UCLA. and calls it a form of "existential medicine" that helps dying people overcome panic, fear, and depression.

"Under the influences of hallucinogens," Dr. Grob writes in his study, "individuals transcend their primary identification with their bodies and experience ego-free states before the time of their actual physical demise, and return with a new perspective and profound acceptance of the life constant: change."  

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Studentforlife
Studentforlife

i can attest from first hand experiance that it does work.. I am a senior in college soon to recieve a bachelors in chemistry and minor in bio. and my first 3 years of college i was addicted to opiates and by the last year i was shooting up heroin 4-6 times a day and 5-7 bags at a time.. I had a really bad habit.. Well summer of 2009 i was suppose to go to rehab on sunday i got arrested that monday.. long story short i had to go 2 times to rehab after my 2nd trip there wheni got home i bought some san pedro and prepared it how your suppose to and i feel as if it wasn't for me doing that i would still be using.. As for people who say they dont' agree with using drugs to cure a drug addiction you are wrong they put people on methadone and it is a stronger opiate than heroin and people who get on it usually stay on it longer than they used any other opiate.. so as fro using drugs to cure addiction its done every day right now 

LSD Addiction
LSD Addiction

However, as with many drugs, users can (and do) become psychologically dependent on LSD. Its pyrotechnic effects and dazzling high can become a distraction, perhaps even an escape from reality for some people. It can become very hard to function in "consensus reality" if you are taking LSD on a regular basis. That, by the way, is an understatement.

Jenswippy
Jenswippy

You apparently have not had personal experience on lsd before. It is absurd to say that lsd can become addicting to it's users. Did you know that a real lsd trip lasts anywhere from 12-24 hours? It is extremely psychologically and physiologically tiresome because of this. Say you did want to do it right after coming down from it because it is so "dazzling", it would have no effect on you. Your body builds a tolerance to it that takes a few days before it will go back to normal. I believe that it could be a persons only drug of choice. But it would in no way mean that that person would ever become physically or psycholgically dependant on the drug amd require it mentally in order to escapefrom reality. Psychedellics have very low abuse potential because while they can be fun, dazzling, introspective, yadda yadda, they are also loaded with very disturbing and unsettling experiences. There can be nothing scarier or disturbing then using a porta-pody on acid for instance. Thats not an understatement eithet just an example.

Jenswippy
Jenswippy

I do think though that anyone younger then 21 should not experiment with psychedellics especially marijuana. The brain isn't fully developed and if you do have a tendancy toward anxiety, depression, and other sorts of mental issues psychedellices, especially marijuana can bring this out. I know far to many people myself included that have had very negative long term effects from using pot mushrooms ect. at a young age. I believe marijuana caused me to have panic disorder (never had panic attacks prior to smoking). My bf started having terrible social anxiety lasting a few years after an intense mushroom trip. My friends brother became paranoid schizophrenic @ 16 after taking a rather large dose of lsd (allthough he took it unkowingly his cousin slipped it to him). This may come off as anedoctal but i have read about the effects marijuana cld have mentally on young people. Especially to ppl that are predisposed to schizophrenia. Either way i don't dispute that psychedellics have high potential in helping ppl with mental problems including addiction, but i think it should be in a clinical controlled setting because they are highly powerful drugs. And i wish young ppl would avoid taking them recreationally.

DocS
DocS

Seriously?

Juventusunited97
Juventusunited97

Bill Wilson used LSD and Belladonna recreationally while he was supposedly "sober". He was a hypocrite. AA has helped many people but while I agree that abstinence is key, AA isn't for everyone. In fact, get with the wrong group and you and your recovery are screwed.

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