'Magic mushrooms' could soothe anxiety and depression, doctors say

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
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Doctors at two leading research institutions say psychedelic mushrooms could be used to treat anxiety and patients with depression.

NEW YORK, NY (KTRK) -- A little bit of health news for you.

A single dose of psychedelic 'magic mushrooms' can make people with severe anxiety and depression feel better for months, according to research out of NYU and Johns Hopkins University.

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Doctors with NYU and John Hopkins performed independent tests with the illegal ingredient psilocybin and found it helped cancer patients relax and eased signs of depression and anxiety in 80% of the patients studied. In some cases - the effects lasted months.

Therapists used low lights and soothing music for the magic mushroom trip which lasted a few hours. Evidence suggests it impacted parts of the brain impacted by serotonin.

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