Psilocybin for alcohol use disorder treatment

Research out of NYU supports the use of psilocybin for alcohol use disorder: participants treated with psilocybin reported reduced heavy drinking compared to the placebo group.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was the first double-blind, randomized study on the effects of psilocybin in treating alcohol use disorder.

After 14 months, the study found that study participants who received psilocybin had a greater reduction in heavy drinking compared to the placebo group; 80% of participants in the psilocybin group reduced their drinking, and 50% of them stopped drinking entirely.

These encouraging results show that psilocybin, when administered in combination with psychotherapy, is a promising potential treatment for alcohol use disorder.



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