Mycology

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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