As you know, in Australia everything is trying to kill you. And now, if something becomes successful you might be prescribed magic mushrooms. A new experimental program down under is being done where the terminally ill are given the hallucinogen. The idea of the study is that a hallucinogen could play a positive role in the context of palliative treatment. Apparently, it's the exposure to the chemical psilocybin in the mushroom that decreases depression, anxiety and distress. When asked about the main reasons for the choice of treatment, Dr Stephan Bright told Vice last year that "Morphine's not going to take away their anxiety or their depression." The study will include 30 terminally ill patients in Melbourne and will begin in April this year.
So far overseas the results have been very positive and the VP of Australia’s Psychedelic Research In Science and Medicine explained that subjects showed a significant and enduring reduction in anxiety, depression, and existential distress.
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