Psilocybin Treatment Associated With ‘Robust Decreases’ In Heavy Alcohol Use

This clinical trial by the American Medical Association involved 95 participants

Psilocybin appears to help people effectively reduce problematic alcohol drinking, according to a new study published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

The study, published in AMA’s Journal of the American Medical Association on Wednesday, sought to build upon earlier research suggesting that so-called magic mushrooms can be utilized in substance misuse treatment.

This randomized clinical trial involved 95 participants. The control group was given the anti-histamine diphenhydramine while others were administered psilocybin, the main active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms.

“Psilocybin administered in combination with psychotherapy produced robust decreases in percentage of heavy drinking days over and above those produced by active placebo and psychotherapy,” the study concluded. “These results provide support for further study of psilocybin-assisted treatment for [alcohol use disorder].

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