Johns Hopkins University researchers have received the first federal grant for psychedelic research in 50 years

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a grant to scientists at Johns Hopkins University to study whether psilocybin can help people quit smoking, marking 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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