Using psychoactive drugs such as magic mushrooms could help people defeat their addiction to tobacco, scientists have suggested. This is because the intense psychedelic experiences mean they forget withdrawal symptoms.
“Cigarette smoking is today a huge public health scourge and there are no effective reliable treatments,” said Tehseen Noorani of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Durham University. “An open-label pilot study had impressive results in the treatment of cigarette smoking addiction with psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy, and we wanted to understand better how it worked – commonly referred to as the ‘mechanisms of change’.”
The people in the study reported heightened levels of aesthetic appreciation, openness to experience and engagement in the community.
I’ll bet they did. Yeah, that’s so much better: kick the smoking habit by substituting one addiction for another, equally-destructive one.
Fucking hell. What kind of world are we living in?