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Drugs such as psilocybin hold great promise as therapeutic agents and as tools for understanding human consciousness, providing they are used under controlled conditions.
It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that by banning psilocybin we may have missed out on many useful effects of this drug.
... the presence of 'men in white coats' is likely to affect the experimental subject adversely.
Fourteen months after participating in the study, 94% of those who received the drug said the experiment was one of the top five most meaningful experiences of their lives; 39% said it was the single most meaningful experience.Critically, however, the participants themselves were not the only ones who saw the benefit from the insights they gained: their friends, family member and colleagues also reported that the psilocybin experience had made the participants calmer, happier and kinder.