Psychedelics Can Help Patients Face Death

Psychedelics in Palliative Care:

How Psychedelic Drugs Can Help Patients Face Death

From the New York Times, August 19, 2012

To help address the crippling, intoxicating fear of death, its anxieties and uncertainties, researchers are opening their minds: “a study being conducted by Charles Grob, a psychiatrist and researcher at Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Center who was administering psilocybin — an active component of magic mushrooms — to end-stage cancer patients to see if it could reduce their fear of death. Twenty-two months before she died, Sakuda became one of Grob’s 12 subjects. When the research was completed in 2008 — (and published in the Archives of General Psychiatry last year) — the results showed that administering psilocybin to terminally ill subjects could be done safely while reducing the subjects’ anxiety and depression about their impending deaths.”