In addition to researching psilocybin’s potential for reducing psychological distress, Heffter is also sponsoring studies with healthy volunteers with the aim to better understand how psilocybin may offer improvements in overall wellbeing and contribute to one’s spiritual practices. Previous studies have shown a strong correlation between the qualities of experience with psilocybin and mystical states, and improvements in quality of life after psilocybin (see study sites, below). Current research at Johns Hopkins in long-term meditators is using both experiential reports and neuroimaging to further explore the similarities and differences of psilocybin with meditation.
Our researchers are also collaborating with the Council on Spiritual Practices to explore the effects of psilocybin with religious professionals to understand how a mystical-type experience may benefit their work as clergy.
The following videos are interviews of volunteers from both the Harbor-UCLA Psilocybin &
Cancer study as well as the Johns Hopkins Psilocybin & Cancer study
Roland Griffiths, Ph.D., is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His principal research focus in both clinical and preclinical laboratories has been on the behavioral and subjective effects of mood-altering drugs.