March 01, 2024

Cigarette Smokers: Interested in a novel research approach to quitting smoking at no cost to you?

University of Alabama at Birmingham is seeking cigarette smokers who would like to quit smoking for participation in a scientific research study. The research study involves free counseling and treatment provided in a comfortable, supportive setting. The study may involve ingestion of psilocybin, a psychoactive substance found in psychedelic mushrooms that have been used as a sacrament in various cultures. Some research studies have suggested that psychedelics, when administered under interpersonally supportive and well-prepared conditions, may be effective in helping people overcome addictions.

Questionnaires, interviews, and biological measures of smoking will be used to assess the treatment's effects on mood and smoking. Participants will be compensated $50 per session. If you would like to discuss the possibility of volunteering, please call 205-996-1198, or go to for more information about the study and to complete the online study prescreener for the UAB site. Confidentiality will be maintained for all applicants and participants.

Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older, and must live within travel distance of the study site in Birmingham.