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September 18, 2014

More mushroom magic

Hallucinogen in 'magic mushrooms' can help smokers quit: Study

The hallucinogen found in "magic mushrooms" helps longtime smokers quit, a new study from John Hopkins University in Maryland has found.

The researchers warned, however, this is not a "do-it-yourself" way to break the habit.

As part of the small study, 15 participants who smoked an average of 19 cigarettes a day were given psilocybin — the active hallucinogenic agent in magic mushrooms — and monitored.

After six months, 80% of the smokers had quit completely, which researcher Matthew Johnson said is much higher than with other smoking cessation drugs.

Varenicline, which is widely considered the most effective smoking cessation drug, has a 35% success rate.

Posted by joke du jour at September 18, 2014 09:02 PM

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