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Volunteers for study with psyilcybn at John Hopkin

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1. Seeking Persons Committed to Spiritual Development to Participate in a Study of Mystical Experience, Meditation and Spiritual Practice

Researchers at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine are seeking volunteers who have an active interest in exploring and developing their spiritual lives to participate in a scientific study of the combined efforts of meditation, spiritual practice and the entheogen psilocybin, a psychoactive substance found in mushrooms used as a sacrament in some cultures.

The study will take place over six-eight months during which volunteers will be encouraged to initiate or maintain daily meditation and spiritual awareness practices. Volunteers will also receive careful preparation and 2-3 sessions in which they will receive psilocybin in a comfortable, supportive setting. Structured guidance will be provided during the session and afterwards to facilitate integration of the experiences.

Volunteers must be between 21 and 70 years of age, have no personal history of severe psychiatric illness, or recent history of alcoholism or drug abuse, and have someone willing to pick them up and drive them home at the end of the two psilocybin sessions (around 5 p.m.).

For more detailed information about the study, visit www.bpru.org/spritual-practice. If you would like to discuss the possibility of volunteering, please call 410-550-2253 or e-mail spiritual-practice@bpru.org and ask for Maggie, the study coordinator. Confidentiality will be maintained for all applicants and participants.

PI: Roland R. Griffiths, Ph.D.

Protocol: NA_00020767


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