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Psychedelics reduce anxiety, depression in patients, study finds

Psychedelics reduce anxiety, depression in patients, study finds

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have found that a psychedelic drug can significantly reduce anxiety, depression and other emotional distress in cancer patients.

The patients experienced almost immediate relief, which lasted for months, after taking psilocybin, the active hallucinogenic ingredient in "magic mushrooms," the researchers reported. A separate study by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center found the same effect.

The findings are the latest in a growing body of research on how psychedelics can be used to treat various illnesses. Studies involving the drugs have resurged in recent years after being stymied for decades...

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