A Patient Speaks: Here's What Happened When A 65 Year Old Woman Took Shrooms In A Lab (trailer)

On a balmy August morning before the city began to fill with summer tourists, Estalyn Walcoff arrived at New York University. She was awaiting a spiritual experience. Walcoff walked into what looked like a living room. A soft brown couch with floral pillows sat in the middle; flowers and books rested atop wooden tables and lined the walls. "It seemed not study-like," Walcoff said. Despite its homely appearance, Walcoff knew she had arrived to the place where she was going to be studied for science. Months before, Walcoff had volunteered to participate in a study of how the psychedelic drug psilocybin — the main psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms — affects the brain in cancer patients with anxiety and depression. Walcoff, 65, had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of... read more
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A Patient Speaks: Here's What Happened When A 65 Year Old Woman Took Shrooms In A Lab