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Magic mushrooms help people quit smoking

Just two or three experiences with psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, was enough to get 80% of long-term smokers to kick the habit, according to a new study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. The most effective antismoking drug on the market right now, varenicline, has a success rate of 35% at 6 months, Bloomberg reports. Don’t rush off to swap your cigarettes for psychedelics quite yet—the psilocybin treatment was paired with a cognitive behavioral therapy program, and researchers are still figuring out exactly why so many participants were finally able to quit.

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