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“The findings are both intriguing and sobering,´´ said Bertha Madras, a psychobiology professor and researcher at Harvard Medical School.
Commenting in a journal editorial, Madras said the study is the most rigorous study to date evaluating psilocybin for treating depression. She was not involved in the research.
Researchers tested the chemical in 233 adults in the U.S., Europe and Canada. Each swallowed capsules containing one of three doses of psilocybin during a 6-to 8-hour session. Two mental health specialists guided them through hallucinatory experiences.
Results for the highest and medium-strength doses were compared with those in the very low dose control group. There was no comparison with an inactive dummy drug or with conventional antidepressants, and there were other limitations.
Depression symptoms declined in all three groups, with the greatest initial improvement in the highest-dose group. At three weeks, 37% of high-dose recipients had substantially improved. But those effects weren´t as good as seen in studies of standard antidepressant drugs, and the results waned in the following weeks.
At three months, 20% in the high-dose group still saw substantial improvement.