Psilocybin: Psychotherapy or drug?

  title={Psilocybin: Psychotherapy or drug?},
  author={Guy M. Goodwin},
  journal={Journal of Psychopharmacology},
  pages={1201 - 1202}
  • G. Goodwin
  • Published 30 November 2016
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Psychopharmacology
This edition of the Journal of Psychopharmacology highlights two very similarly designed studies of the effects of the serotonergic agonist psilocybin on the psychological distress of cancer patients. In each case, the study was a cross-over design which compared, respectively, low-dose/high-dose psilocybin and niacin (placebo)/high-dose psilocybin. The results were very comparable, and suggest a clinically important effect: a single high dose of psilocybin reduced symptoms of anxiety and… 

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