'Magic mushrooms' ingredient may ease end-of-life anxiety

Terminally ill cancer patients struggling with anxiety may get some relief from a guided "trip" on the hallucinogenic drug psilocybin, a new study suggests.

The study included 12 patients who took a small dose of psilocybin -- the active ingredient in "magic mushrooms" -- while under the supervision of trained therapists. In a separate session, the participants took a placebo pill, which had little effect on their symptoms.

full article: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/09/06/magic.mushrooms.ease.anxiety/in...