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Psilocybin Effective for Treating Major Depressive Disorder, Research Suggests

Sean is a fact checker and researcher with experience in sociology and field research. Westend61 / Getty Images An estimated 17.3 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2017, according to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Standard depression treatment options include a variety of anti-depressant medications, but in the future, there could be another way to treat the illness – the psychedelic substance psilocybin.

A small study of adults with major depression, led by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers and published in JAMA Psychiatry found that two doses of psilocybin, in conjunction with supportive psychotherapy, led to “large, rapid, and sustained antidepressant

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