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.”