Not really. Johns Hopkins has openings in a study using psilocybin-containing mushrooms. At a minimum, the study hopes to show an improved quality of life for cancer patients who have used the psychoactive agents as part of a treatment program. The research is being done in Baltimore so I can’t go, although I would love to.
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University are seeking volunteers with a current or past diagnosis of cancer who have some anxiety or are feeling down about their cancer to participate in a scientific study of self-exploration and personal meaning brought about by the entheogen psilocybin, a psychoactive substance found in mushrooms used as a sacrament in some cultures, given in a comfortable, supportive setting. Questionnaires and interviews will be used to assess the effects of the substance on consciousness, mood, and behavior.
Volunteers enrolled in the study will receive careful preparation and 2 sessions in which they will receive psilocybin. Structured guidance will be provided during the session and afterwards to facilitate integration of the experiences. The study complies with FDA regulations.
Volunteer must be between the ages of 21 and 70, have no personal history of severe psychiatric illness, or recent history of alcoholism or drug abuse, have someone willing to pick them up and drive them home at the end of the two psilocybin sessions (around 5:00 PM).
If you are really interested in participating there is more information here. http://www.bpru.org/cancer
If you would like to discuss the possibility of volunteering, please call 410–550–5990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for Mary, the study’s research coordinator. Confidentiality will be maintained for all applicants and participants.
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