Health

The Man Who Treated His OCD with Magic Mushrooms

On this episode, we talk to Adam Strauss, creator of the off-broadway show 'The Mushroom Cure,' about his experience treating his mental health with psychedelics.

by VICE Staff
Apr 20 2018, 4:59pm

Image: Adam Strauss

Adam Strauss was in his 20s when he first started noticing symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). He tried therapy, yoga, meditation, and medication, but nothing was working. Then he found a small proof-of-concept study online about the impact of psilocybin—the active, psychedelic ingredient in magic mushrooms—on OCD, and was inspired to embark on his own journey of self-experimentation. As a result, he saw considerable progress in his mental health over the next several years.

While there still isn't adequate science behind using psilocybin for OCD, Strauss was inspired to share his experience in an off-broadway show: The Mushroom Cure, adding to a broader conversation about the role of psychedelics in mental health treatment.

On today's episode, reporter Jesse Hicks talks to Strauss about his journey.

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