Can Magic Mushrooms Help Alcoholics? NYU Study Shows Promise

The study published last Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry

Psilocybin, also known as magic mushrooms, showed promise in treating alcohol addiction in a new study from New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine.

A study of 93 men and women with alcohol dependence found that those given two doses of psilocybin and psychotherapy reduced heavy drinking by 83% within an eight-month period, according to NYU Langone Health, an academic medical center that collaborated on the study. Those who received an antihistamine placebo, by contrast, only reduced drinking by 51%. All received up to 12 psychotherapy sessions, both before and after the drug treatments.

The study is a “a major breakthrough in the understanding of treatment of alcohol use disorder,” said Charles Marmar, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, in a press conference.

The study published last Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry. It’s the first placebo-controlled trial to look at psilocybin as treatment for alcohol dependence, according to NYU Langone. 

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