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Annie's Psilocybin Therapy

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People in this country don't talk about death If I would talk about it, sometimes people go "Oh, be optimistic", you know, "don't talk that way. You're gonna be fine!" And you really need to look at it, and this is the perfect way to do it Annie's Psilocybin Therapy Specifically with the cancer study, we're administering psilocybin as a treatment for serious mental suffering Certainly, individuals with advanced cancer often have significant levels of existential anxiety I had lost my faith because of anxiety. I was just terrified I was so anxious that it was hard to think about anything else I was being irritable with my husband, Richard, when I was so anxious And that was a very bad thing She was irritable and we were both stressed out and that's saying it was her fault The dynamic of the interaction between us often led to quarreling We talked about my intention and my intention was to learn to control my anxiety so I could enjoy the rest of my life, because I was not enjoying my life. At all I'm there with the subject for the entire six hours We take a standard hospital room, and my research coordinator fixes it up with wall hanging and fabrics of weed, really create a nice setting where patients are kind of cocooned There were wall hangings and they brought orchids I was thrilled with that! And then I had one of my tankas, my favorite tanka right in the foot of my bed And I advise them to go as deeply as possible into the experience As soon as it started working I knew I had nothing to be afraid of Because it connected me with the universe It was very gentle, and there were people right there if I got upset everything looked absolutely beautiful I didn't see things that weren't there With my eyes covered I saw patterns and visions and sort of faces and things I thought about being involved with people I loved and about things I would do with them things I would help them I had an amazing spiritual experience so it reconnected me to the universe I was lying on this hospital bed and it felt like the bed had turned into a circle of hands that were holding me up And I was being supported They put an Ave Maria and for some reason that made me cry about what effect my death would have on my granddaughter and they all came over and they just put they're hands on top of my hands they didn't say anything, but they we're just there. And it was very comforting Every hour we check in, see how they're doing I had to get up and go to the bathroom and when I was washing my hands I looked into the mirror I used to have very long, curly hair. And people thought I was so much younger than I was... now I looked my age, at least. So I went back into the room and talked about that and we sort of came to the conclusion that well, yes, I looked older but with age comes wisdom and maturity and I felt ok with it When we came back it was like someone had put on a light bulb inside Annie's head She was literally glowing Also for a cancer study we're looking at the impact of our treatment on they're overall quality of life After that session Richard and I went to Hawaii and we had a lovely time You know, it wasn't weighing on my mind. I started chemo again and it went ok I mean like anybody else Annie has good days and bad days Some days, you know, you're in pain, you're noxious, whatever it is, form the treatment It's not easy and I really do believe that the psilocybin has continued to boil up her spirit I wanted to spent more time with the people that were important in my life And my relationship with my mother improved because I finally told her She was very antidrug, and I played a radio show I was on for her and we have gotten so much closer since I opened up that part of my life to her I don't look ahead us far, this summer I ordered plants for the spring, to put in my garden but I... I'm much more focused on this moment, right now What we did probably would have taken me years of therapy and I would recommend psilocybin treatment for anyone with a terminal or potentially terminal illness It's incredibly helpful, it's more helpful than any other treatment I've ever had subtitles: eduardo schenberg for Psilocybin Molecule "Annie's Psilocybin Therapy" is part of the Medical Research on Psychedelics Documentary Archive Project for more information contact: [email protected]

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Duration: 6 minutes and 35 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Roslyn Dauber
Director: Roslyn Dauber
Views: 458
Posted by: eduardoschenberg on Nov 17, 2009

A short trailler of the ongoing cancer study with psiliocybin at UCLA, conducted by Dr. Charles Grob.

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