John Hopkins University is looking for volunteers with a current or past diagnosis of cancer to participate in "a scientific study of self-exploration and personal meaning brought about by the entheogen psilocybin." They are specifically seeking cancer patients who are experiencing anxiety or "are feeling down" about their condition. Volunteers must be between 21 and 70 years old with no prior history of severe psychiatric illness, or recent history of alcoholism or drug abuse. The researchers assure that "despite the well-known problems that can arise in unstructured settings, the risks of entheogens in research and ritual contexts have proven to be very small."
Psilocybin, as found in mushrooms, has been used as an entheogen for thousands of years across the globe, helping peoples of many cultures access broader levels of consciousness, heightening their awareness of the spiritual. For those with the anxiety of a potentially terminal illness, this opportunity to communicate with the transcendental may assist them in finding them the solace they need.
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