Study findings published Thursday by Johns Hopkins and New York University School of Medicine researchers indicate psychotherapy fueled by a hallucinogenic called psilocybin, the active ingredient in the mind-altering drug known as magic mushrooms, could reduce psychological illness and distress among patients with life-threatening diagnoses. Cancer patient and study participant Tony Head said he wasn’t sure he’d call it “God,” but some extraordinary power touched him during his psychedelic-assisted therapy session.

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