Researchers now use Magic Mushrooms to Treat Addiction, ADHD, and PTSD and it Works!
A huge portion of William Richard’s life research involved administering a variety of psychedelics on people in other to conduct research on the therapeutic gains of treating certain conditions or how to enhance the lives of people who are perfectly healthy.
15 years ago, Richards co-founded a program at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, which has been able to deliver life-altering experiences to hundreds of people. He gives credit for the benefits derived to the “sacred molecules” located in the chemicals. Although a lot of psychedelics are used, many researchers prefer to use psilocybin which is found in ‘magic’ mushrooms, because of its reliability and the prospects it shows in the treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and several other conditions.
Albert Garcia-Romeu, who is a researcher at Hopkins doing research on the use of psilocybin for quitting smoking had this to say about Richards, “Bill was part of the pioneering team here in the U.S. doing psychedelic research and psychedelic therapy model,” according to The Guardian. “Basically, you give someone a really high dose and they have a really transformative experience. And you’ve prepared them for that,” he described how the program works. “And then after the fact, you help them integrate it, and they get on with their lives.”
The Hopkins group in 2006, published their first study on psilocybin, which they titled “Psilocybin can occasion mystical-type experiences having substantial and sustained personal meaning and spiritual significance.” Itwas described by a former director at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Charles R. Schuster, as “noteworthy both for the rigorousness of its design and execution, as well as the clarity of its results.” Schuster also stated in a commentary on the study that:
“It is striking that majority of participants reported 2 months later that the psilocybin-induced experience was personally very meaningful and spiritually significant. Indeed, most of them rated the psilocybin-induced experience as one of the top five most important experiences in their life. It is especially notable that participants reported that the drug produced positive changes in attitudes and behaviors well after the sessions, and these self-observations were consistent with ratings by friends and relatives […]
“The term psychedelic, when applied to drugs, implies that the drug experience is ‘mind-expanding.’ The paper [reporting the study findings] illustrates the accuracy of this description for psilocybin, and I hope that this landmark paper will also be ‘field-expanding.’”
Richards, whose first experience with psychedelics occurred when he was injected with liquid psilocybin “in a laboratory basement in Germany, in 1963,” described it by stating that “‘Awe’, ‘glory’, and ‘gratitude’ were the only words that remained relevant.” Richards recently published a new book, titled, “Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experience”, where according to the Guardian, he made claims that together with his colleagues he has reliably been able to induce mystical experience and that they were able to empirically prove Carl Jung’s theory of the collective unconscious — which is the idea that, regardless of the culture we come from, we all share archetypal imagery.
The psychedelics research had its own challenges; in 1977, Richards directed the last legal study before the shutting down of the research, which was noted by the Independent as “the worst case of censorship since the Catholic Church banned the works of Galileo.” However, 22 years later, he obtained permission to start again using a comparison study between psilocybin and Ritalin, which yielded results that was so astounding, that participants were still reporting on the “enduring positive life changes” 14 months after it came to an end. One of the participants of the study went as far as quitting his job in weapon design to become a Zen monk.
Richards prefers to use “entheogens” which means “generating god within” rather than psychedelic drugs. Considering the extraordinary results recorded, this description is very apt. Which is why the government’s efforts to limit research in this promising field is not so surprising.