Fly agaric for the treatment of alcohol withdrawal syndrome

Amanita muscaria for the Treatment of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial

magazine Frontiers in Psychiatry, 2021
Authors of the article:
🔸Brian D. Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
🔸Matthew W. Johnson, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
🔸Michael Bogenschutz, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine
🔸Michael A. Mithoefer, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco
🔸Stephen Ross, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine

A study of 20 people with alcohol withdrawal syndrome found that taking fly agaric for 5 days was effective in reducing symptoms.

Alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS) is a condition that occurs when someone who regularly drinks alcohol suddenly stops drinking. AWS can be serious and even fatal if left untreated.

The fly agaric group received 300 mg of the mushroom twice a day for 5 days.

Here is a detailed description of the dosing in the study:

  • Day 1: 150 mg in the morning and 150 mg in the evening
  • Days 2-5: 300 mg in the morning and 300 mg in the evening

The placebo group received capsules that looked like Amanita muscaria capsules but did not contain the mushroom.

The study found that participants in the fly agaric group had significant improvement in symptoms of alcohol withdrawal syndrome, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Heart palpitations

Participants in the fly agaric group also had higher odds of successful alcohol abstinence after the study ended.

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