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Could magic mushrooms help curb fear of death in care homes?

Psychedelic drugs, such as those found in magic mushrooms, could “revolutionize” care home treatment if given to people at the end of their lives, an expert has argued.

dr. David Luke, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Greenwich and an authority on the science of such drugs, said they can reduce the fear of death.

Speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival, he said, “I think there’s a good case for psychedelics in palliative care.”

Psilocybin, the compound found in magic mushrooms, shows promise in studies for reducing depression.

According to Dr.  David Luke would make psychedelic drugs, such as those found in magic mushrooms, the treatment of care homes a

According to Dr. David Luke, psychedelic drugs, such as those found in magic mushrooms, could “revolutionize” care home treatment if given to people at the end of their lives. Studies Also Suggest The Drug May Help Minimize Depression (STOCK)

People who consume it also report an “open mind” and sense of meaning that leads some to believe in an afterlife.

dr. Luke said that people who are given psychedelics at the end of their lives can have a ‘revelation’, adding: ‘It often has to do with a sense of their own existence, they get glimpses of something that their fear of death diminishes, and it’s often that maybe death isn’t the end or something like that.’

In a US study that tested psilocybin in 29 cancer patients, most of whom were in advanced stages of the disease, up to 80 percent of them had significant reductions in depression and anxiety six months later.

Psilocybin reduced cancer-related demoralization, such as feelings of loss of purpose, hope and purpose, according to the researchers.

Despite the disease, people felt more satisfied with their lives and reported greater well-being.

Psilocybin, the compound found in magic mushrooms, shows promise in studies for reducing depression.  It may also reduce cancer-related demoralization and feelings of loss of meaning, researchers say

Psilocybin, the compound found in magic mushrooms, shows promise in studies for reducing depression. It may also reduce cancer-related demoralization and feelings of loss of meaning, researchers say

dr. Luke said there was anecdotal evidence that people could live longer after taking psychedelics, adding: “People have less depression, anxiety, they have less fear of dying, so they feel better able to cope.” die or feel better prepared – they feel more open to their death.’

dr. Luke said psychedelics would first need to be licensed as a treatment and then there would be “good reason” to use them in people in palliative care and study their use in care homes.

He added: “You would need a specialized team, you need people who are trained in guiding people through psychedelic experiences, but there is already training and I think people who are already in palliative care and therapist would be very well suited to Dat.

‘But you don’t need any special facilities.

“You just need a quiet room with some kind of conducive environment — some mood lighting and maybe a view of nature.”

He said: ‘It could revolutionize care homes, which have been in a difficult state in recent years.’

In a US study that tested psilocybin in 29 cancer patients, most of whom were in advanced stages of the disease, up to 80 percent of them had a significant reduction in depression and anxiety (STOCK) six months later.

In a US study that tested psilocybin in 29 cancer patients, most of whom were in advanced stages of the disease, up to 80 percent of them had a significant reduction in depression and anxiety (STOCK) six months later.

Hospices across the UK care for around 200,000 people a year with terminal and life-limiting conditions.

Commenting on the comments at the Cheltenham Science Festival, Professor Allan Young of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London said: ‘Preliminary evidence suggests that psychedelics may be useful in palliative care.

“Psychedelics can help people work through, understand and re-evaluate past life experiences so that they reach a state of acceptance and be better prepared for death.

‘Psychedelics are different from other treatments, but as with any other treatment, extensive trials are now needed to fully quantify their benefits and harms.

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