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Magic mushrooms could treat patients with alcohol use disorder 

New report shows success in preventing alcohol abuse with psychedelic mushrooms

Psychedelic mushrooms and psychotherapy treatment could help treat patients who suffer from alcohol use disorder, according to a new study.


Classic psychedelic medications, whose primary effect is to trigger non-ordinary states of consciousness have shown promise in the treatment of alcohol use disorder, but the research is still inconclusive.

There has been a growing interest in the clinical potential of psilocybin and other classic psychedelics to treat neuropsychiatric conditions, including substance use disorders.


A new study released in August, reported that psychedelic mushrooms could be used to treat people who are struggling with abusing alcohol. 

The study was released in partnership between New York University Langone Center for Psychedelic Medicine, New York University Grossman School of Medicine, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, University of Alabama and University of New Mexico.


The objective of the study was to see whether two administrations of high-dose psilocybin reduce the percentage of heavy drinking days in patients with alcohol use disorder undergoing psychotherapy.


In the study, psilocybin administered in combination with psychotherapy was associated with robust and sustained decreases in drinking.


Patients who were affected by psilocybin had the same psychotherapy which reduced their percentage of heaving drinking days by more than 50%.


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