Magic Mushrooms as part of a cognitive behavior therapy for smokers

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The study, The Globe and Mail reports, asked volunteers who were interested in quitting smoking to take pills containing psilocybin alongside a battery of counseling and journaling. Twelve of the fifteen participants were cigarette free six months later.

Volunteers came to a laboratory set up like a living room, took a 20 milligram pill of psilocybin, covered their eyes and relaxed with music for several hours as the psychedelic effect took hold. Those who had a transcendent experience, where people say they went into a mystical state that helped them feel unity with themselves and the universe, tended to have more success, the researchers said.

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