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A Melbourne Hospital Will Trial Magic Mushroom Therapy for Dying Patients

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Australia’s first shroom trial is set to take place at St Vincent’s Hospital in April.

A medical trial will use magic mushrooms to treat end-of-life anxiety at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital this year. The controversial study has finally been approved by ethics committees and state and federal authorities, and will see a number of terminally ill patients being given a single dose of synthetic psilocybin—the psychoactive ingredient in mushrooms—under the supervision and guidance of psychiatrists to help them come to terms with their own mortality. Treatment of the first 30 patients is due to begin in April, NewsCorpreports.

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