Interestingly, neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor's Stroke of Insight produced the same transcendental effects of classic hallucinogens (psychedelics). Psilocybin has been effective in helping smokers quit (pilot study) and helping alcoholics quit (large meta-analysis and recent pilot study). Additional studies are ongoing for both.
Neuropsychologist Robert Bilder at UCLA's Semel Institute also pointed this out. His article and blog are worth a look.
Scroll down to watch the psilocybin for smoking cessation presentation and Stroke of Insight Ted Talk.
Letters between Bill Wilson
(founder of AA) and Carl Jung
Bill Wilson's Interest in
Stroke of Insight
Jill Bolte Taylor
Psilocybin in the Treatment of Smoking Addiction
Albert Garcia-Romeu, Ph.D.
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