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Magic mushrooms are even more magical than you thought, as the main hallucinogenic ingredient, psilocybin, has recently aided 12 longtime smokers to stop smoking and completely kick the habit.

In a study enacted by John Hopkins University, 15 different people (10 men, 5 women) all of whom regularly smoked for over 30 years, were given a dose of psilocybin, then chilled out in a relaxed and supervised setting for 6-7 hours.

Over eight weeks, three of these 'shroom' sessions occurred, with the strength of the dose increased after each subsequent session. Weekly counselling encounters also occurred over the eight weeks, and participants also kept a daily diary to document their personal cravings and progress.

Once the study had finished, 12 out of 15 participants had no urge to smoke and allegedly quit smoking entirely, making for an 80% success rate.

If you're a smoker who wants to quit, this isn't a valid excuse to ingest a bunch of shrooms and go on a 6 hour vision quest up the mountain. The researchers stress that the experiment merely showcases how controlled use of psilocybin "can lead to deep reflection about one’s life and spark motivation to change" which sounds about right to anyone who's had a shroom-induced revelation about their life before. I guess the epiphanies stick when your trip is a little more controlled and less about zany swirling patterns.

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