One Trip on Psilocybin Mushrooms Can Break Tobacco Addiction, Study Finds

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Johns Hopkins University Medical School made history last year by becoming the first American university to establish its own psychedelics research institute. And as of last week, the school’s researchers are already finding that a component of “magic mushrooms” can snuff out cigarette smoking for good with just a single dose.

That component is psilocybin, a Schedule I drug according to the federal government that converts into the trippy compound psilocin after being orally ingested. “I tried everything and I was starting to think that I would never be able to stop, so I went for it,” Davi Peterson, a research participant at Johns Hopkins who smoked tobacco for 25 years, told CBS Baltimore. “It started very quickly,” she continued, describing the psilocybin experience, “kinda like being launched out of a space shuttle or something hurling through space. It was very dramatic and very quick.”