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Watch: Terminal Cancer Patient Says Psilocybin Reduced Fear of Death

by Amber Lyon

on May 4, 2014

Estalyn Walcoff’s anxiety levels shot through the roof after she was diagnosed with a type of lymphoma that was untreatable.  She participated in a New York University study testing the ability of psilocybin, the psychoactive compound in magic mushrooms,  to reduce anxiety in terminal cancer patients.

“I wanted to understand myself better, I wanted to understand spirituality better, I wanted not to have a bitter heart, ” Walcoff said of her decision to join the study.

Walcoff says the experience reduced her anxiety, allowing her have a better relationship with her family and, most importantly. to have compassion for herself.

“To have that moment of grace where I’m okay, I’m okay, I’m okay… I’m alright.  I can’t put it in words, but I’m so grateful.”