Earlier I noted some research and first-hand experiences on how the use of psychedelics are often successful in getting people off hard drugs like heroin and cocaine. But nicotine too? The first I’ve heard of it. As Daniel Miller wrote in Newsweek just a few weeks ago:
I smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for almost a decade. I had tried to quit, but nothing worked. The patch gave me a rash. Nicorette gave me incessant hiccups. And neither reduced my craving for cigarettes. Chantix, which my doctor prescribed, worked—at least until I went to hospital with a severe allergic reaction. Ultimately, the only thing that helped me quit for good was an illegal drug that I had been taught to fear as much as heroin. This drug was LSD.
And what’s truly remarkable is that my experience wasn’t a fluke. I’m not the exception. In a recent pilot study at Johns Hopkins, 80 percent of the participants were nicotine free six months after two or three psilocybin sessions.
As a BBC report on the study explains, the nicotine addicts were given cognitive behavioral therapy leading up to the day they get the psilocybin, “encouraging subjects to reflect on their established thinking patterns” before blasting them off on the mushroom trip: