Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Psilocybin Could Cure Alcoholism

Alcoholics often use the phrase “one foot in front of the other” when discussing their method for continued sobriety, but it turns out that it may be alright to trip every once in a while. Researchers at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine believe they have found evidence that proves the psychedelic fungus known as psilocybin could have a positive impact on the treatment of alcoholism.

In a recent pilot study supervised by Dr. Michael Bogenschutz, a psychiatrist specializing in chemical dependence, participants who reported at least two days of hardcore binge drinking over the course of the past 30 days consumed less alcohol after receiving a single dose of psilocybin. This trend, according to researchers, continued with forward momentum for the next 36 weeks, which resulted in all of the participants experiencing a overall reduction in their alcoholic intake by 50%.

Although the results of the latest study are encouraging, Dr. Bogenschutz says that additional research is needed, and on a much grander scale, before psilocybin can be conclusively determined to ease the symptoms of alcoholism. In this particular investigation, there were only 10 participants, none of whom were vetted to substantiate an increased risk for alcoholic behavior. They were simply recruited from a local advertisement, seeking people suffering from “alcohol dependence.”

Yet, as Dr. Bogenschutz points out, scientists have believed for decades that psychedelic drugs could be the solution for alleviating the madness of the alcoholic mind. “There were a number of trials that had been done with LSD back in the early 1950s through 1970s that were pretty promising, but not entirely conclusive,” he said.

Even Bill Wilson, the founder of Alcoholic Anonymous, went to his grave convinced that psychedelic substances could provide alcoholics with the “spiritual awakening” needed to continue down the road to recovery. When he first began experimenting with LSD in the late 1950s, Wilson found the drug was a great “ego-reducer,” which could allow people suffering from alcoholism to more easily accept a “higher power,” which would ultimately assist them in regaining their sanity. These methods, however, were eventually rejected by Alcoholics Anonymous.


Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


HT Newsletter

Subscribe for exclusive access to deals, free giveaways and more!

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.


You May Also Like


Forget turning water into wine. It's all about turning wine into weed.


Social media apps could lead to a drop in social beer drinking.


With alcohol companies embracing cannabis, it's becoming clear that the two substances don't have to be outright competitors.


For the University of Calgary, harm reduction is the name of the game as they open a safe space for students who got too...


Not only will the marijuana market be worth billions, but it'll soon be bigger than the liquor industry.


Louie Anderson just released an epistolary memoir in which he makes a compelling case for the elimination of the federal ban on cannabis.


Can cannabis help prevent domestic violence? Turns out, there is research that may indicate a definitive answer.


As they are in their current state, adult-use marijuana laws are quite restrictive...and very counterproductive.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!