A cancer diagnosis can be a terrifying thing. Medical bills, loss of loved ones, and the fear of death can overwhelm people with cancer, and may even diminish their chances of survival. But a new therapy tested in people with life-threatening cancer offers potential relief for these crippling anxieties.
The therapy rests on psilocybin — a compound found in psychedelic or "magic" mushrooms — which is taken alongside a course of traditional psychotherapy. The study, which followed people diagnosed with cancer for four and half years, offers compelling evidence that a single dose of psilocybin improves anxiety, depression, and existential dread years after the drug leaves their systems.