Psilocybin, the psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms, shows promise in the  treatment of alcohol abuse. Photo: Andrew Hasson/Getty Images
Psilocybin, the psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms, shows promise in the treatment of alcohol abuse. Photo: Andrew Hasson/Getty Images
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How psilocybin, psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms, could help treat alcohol abuse, as well as depression, drug abuse

  • A study found two doses of the psilocybin, coupled with psychotherapy, reduced heavy drinking by 83 per cent; almost half the study participants quit alcohol
  • A researcher says the study hints at medical uses for psychedelics other than treating alcohol use disorder, including for tobacco smoking and opioid abuse

Psilocybin, the psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms, shows promise in the  treatment of alcohol abuse. Photo: Andrew Hasson/Getty Images
Psilocybin, the psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms, shows promise in the treatment of alcohol abuse. Photo: Andrew Hasson/Getty Images
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