CNN.com ran a Health.com article by Anne Harding. And I should probably note the participants were not given the whole, organic, "plant," they were given just one of its compounds, psilocybin.
'Magic mushrooms' ingredient may ease end-of-life anxiety
Terminally ill cancer patients struggling with anxiety may get some relief from a guided "trip" on the hallucinogenic drug psilocybin, a new study suggests.
The study included 12 patients who took a small dose of psilocybin -- the active ingredient in "magic mushrooms" -- while under the supervision of trained therapists. In a separate session, the participants took a placebo pill, which had little effect on their symptoms.
By contrast, one to three months after taking psilocybin the patients reported feeling less anxious and their overall mood had improved. By the six-month mark, the group's average score on a common scale used to measure depression had declined by 30 percent, according to the study, which was published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.
In follow-up interviews with the researchers, some patients said their experience with psilocybin gave them a new perspective on their illness and brought them closer to family and friends.
Although the study was performed by Charles Grob, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, in Torrance, Calif., Roland Griffiths, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore noted, "they're not substances that should be used recreationally or casually…" I think we're probably in agreement on a number of points, but it's unclear since "recreation" and "casually" are kind of vague. Plants and substances which affect one senses like peyote, mushrooms, etc… are something to be taken seriously, after preparation, not something you chow down on a whim like a stick of gum a stranger offers you while you both stand in line at the bank. But I will continue to be a critic of anyone who thinks these experiences should be limited to doctor's offices.
"I think we've established good grounds for continuing the research," Grob says. "That's the goal right now, just to develop more studies."
One theme I find I am invariably frustrated by is how many of these studies and projects are for people who are about to die. I am most definitely in favor of helping ease the physical and mental pain and anguish which they face, don't get me wrong, but continuing to deny healthy people access is unconscionable. Please note that is NOT directed at any of these researchers, but Drug Warriors, and especially by people touting "family values" as their mantra for everything they do; similar closeness was reported in Dr. Griffiths' study!
I am not against these studies. I recognize that some people like to isolate and scrutinize as many variables as possible, I myself get in that mode from time to time, and I recognize that the medical profession, which has a deserved reputation of charging astronomical sums, needs to have studies to justify what it does, the promises it makes, and what it charges. But I will again state that it's unconscionable, shameful, and yes, evil, to deny us access to them. Yes, as Paul states, hypocritical liars whose consciences have been seared, followers of demons and deceit.
And by the way, Jesus told us it was a blessing for us when the High Priests of Assigning Permanent Shame, the False Prophets of Prohibition, the Men (and Women) of Lawlessness, and the Holier-Than-Thou-Congregation, all spout their evil lies and slander about "drug culture," and blaspheme God's Holy Spirit by speaking against us and God, damning God for making these plants.