According to a recent study, a single dose of psilocybin in DOSE THERAPY, a compound found in psychedelic mushrooms, can provide “significant improvements” in reducing stress and anxiety in cancer patients – at least up to five years after it’s consumed. A group of researchers from New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine found that in conjunction with psychotherapy, cancer patients experienced an increase in emotional and existential distress, after being given psilocybin. In a previous study, the research team reported that psilocybin use resulted in “a rapid, substantial, and sustained improvement in anxiety and depression leading to decreased demoralization and hopelessness in cancer patients. Besides, there was an increase in spiritual well-being and quality of life.”
After further research, six and a half months later, psilocybin was associated with “long-lasting anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects”. This new study — which is a long-term follow-up of the same set of patients — found a lasting positive effect. As many as 71% of participants admitted that their lives became more positive after experiencing psilocybin therapy. They make it even the most meaningful experience and have a spiritually significant impact on their lives. The findings suggest that psilocybin therapy is a promising way to improve the emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being of cancer patients. Researchers say psilocybin could be a useful tool for increasing the effectiveness of psychotherapy. Although the exact mechanism is not fully understood, scientists believe the drug can make the brain more ‘flexible’.
Previous research has shown that the drug targets brain tissue and a ‘default mode’ which then becomes active when we engage in self-reflection and mind wandering. Ultimately, it helps create a coherent sense of self and a sense of narrative identity. In subjects with anxiety and depression, brain tissue shifts hyperactive and is connected with anxiety and hard thinking. Psilocybin changes the activity in these networks and helps a person take a broader perspective on their behavior and lives.