Could Psychedelic Drugs Make Smokers Quit?

A team of scientists are giving hallucinogens to smoking addicts to refrain from them cut the habit. BBC Future‘s Tim Maughan visited the lab in which place this surprising research is emerging:

Nicotine patches, chewing gum, cold turkey. Giving up cigarettes can be tough, but there are many strategies smokers have power to try. Matthew Johnson wants to tack on another: he says he can contribute assistance smokers quit by giving them not the same drug – psilocybin – that has been illicit for years in much of Europe and North America. And ay, he realises that sounds unconventional.

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“The essence that this research sounds counterintuitive, it makes understanding to me,” he tells me as we sit in his office at Johns Hopkins’ Behavioural Pharmacology Research Unit in Baltimore.

Johnson is a behavioural pharmacologist who has been researching the relation between drugs, the brain, and human behaviour according to more than 20 years. The utmost 10 of those have been worn out here at Johns Hopkins, where he and his team be in actual possession of focused on psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychedelic and the efficient ingredient in ‘magic mushrooms’. Illegal it main be, but if psilocybin is given to smokers a hardly any times in a carefully controlled device, it can be a remarkably forcible aid to help them kick the way, he says.

“Most people last ~ and testament naturally assume that we’re looking at exchange therapy in the spirit of methadone against heroin addiction or nicotine patch or nicotine gum to supply the want of smoking. [But] we’re not talking round putting someone on psilocybin or mushrooms each day. It’s not trading some addiction for the other.”

This modern research has been inspired by operate done in the 1950s and 60s that looked at using psilocybin and LSD to the degree that treatments for addiction. Although results back afterward were hugely promising, the research gain a dead end as use of these substances be circulated from labs and into the emerging unsalable article counter-culture. The drugs were criminalised, and clinical research became impossible to conduct…

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