Federal grant for psychedelic research awarded to Johns Hopkins

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a federal grant for psychedelic research to scientists at Johns Hopkins University. Researchers plan to study whether psilocybin can help people quit smoking. This marks the US’s first federal grant for psychedelic research in over 50 years.

The randomized controlled trial will start later this year in collaboration with researchers at NYU Langone Health and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Participants in the study will undergo talk therapy in addition to receiving either psilocybin or niacin, a type of B vitamin.

This trial follows a small pilot study published in 2017 that found that psilocybin helped 10 out of 15 people stop smoking for at least 1 year.

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