Salon: Curing the fear of death by 'tripping out'

This weekend Salon ran a piece by me about how psilocybin, the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms, is being used in clinical research and may help us to better savor our lives.

The second time I ate psychedelic mushrooms I was at a log cabin on a lake in northern Maine, and afterwards I sat in a grove of spruce trees for three and a half hours, saying over and over, “There’s so much to see!”

The mushrooms converted my worldview from an uninspired blur to childlike wonderment at everything I glimpsed. And now, according to recent news, certain cancer patients are having the same experience.

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