After Tammy Burgess was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 55, she fell into the grips of crippling anxiety.
“I would just lay on the couch. I didn’t go to work,” she recently told researchers at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. “When you’re anxious about cancer, everything else becomes anxious.”
But Burgess said she eventually broke free of her existential fears, thanks to a surprising treatment: a capsule of psilocybin, a mind-altering compound found in magic mushrooms.
“It was so peaceful and so beautiful,” Burgess recalled.