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Psychedelic Mushrooms Show Positive Effects in Terminally Ill Patients

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"Tonight, our top story: A terminal cancer patient took medically prescribed hallucinogenic mushrooms and realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration -– that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There's no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we're the imagination of ourselves. Here's Tom with the weather."

Comedian Bill Hicks often spoke about the positive effects of psychedelic drugs. The calming serenity they evoke, the feeling of love and humanity they stimulate, the innumerable works of art and music they influence. And yet, they are demonized because, as Hicks phrased it, "What's gonna happen to the arms industry when we realize that we're all one?"

Hicks passed away in 1994 from pancreatic cancer, but his thoughts are just as relevant today for terminally ill patients suffering from similar ailments.

A new study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry sought to learn the effects of the hallucinogenic drug psilocybin on subjects dying from cancer. The six-month experiment showed that the patients' anxiety and depression decreased as much as 30% and their overall mood improved. According to CNN, the researchers said some of the patients gained "a new perspective on their illness and brought them closer to family and friends."

Which, of course, will probably have zero effect on existing drug laws and approved Aetna coverage.

The psilocybin experiment was conducted in six-hour sessions where the patients relaxed on a couch and listened to music on headphones. It should be noted that variations of this study have been unofficially conducted countless times since the invention of the couch.

With medical marijuana still under question for even the most helpless individuals, it's unlikely you'll see hallucinogens in a CVS pharmacy any time soon. But at least researchers are addressing the possibility of treating some patients and alleviating the stress of their last days on earth.

And as long as it doesn't involve a nationwide Phish tour, no one can argue with that.
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