by Medindia Content Team on  July 15, 2006 at 5:30 PM Research News
Magic mushrooms known to bring relief to patients
There is now evidence to suggest that an important ingredient in magic mushrooms is capable of assisting people suffering terminal cancer and a release from addictions.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in the US have found that psilocybin an important element in mushrooms is capable of instilling a deep feeling of spirituality, that may bring about healing, especially for those patients who have a huge psychological baggage weighing them down.

The researchers administered magic mushrooms to 36 study participants, who had never consumed any hallucinogenic drugs. All these participants were firmly rooted in their religious beliefs. The study found that nearly two-thirds of the subjects felt a unique spiritual experience, akin to the birth of a baby. Even two months after the consumption of the magic mushrooms, the subjects felt peaceful with a sense of well-being. Yet, Ireland has banned the sale of magic mushrooms, after a man allegedly died, after consuming the magic mushroom.

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