In an article in The New Yorker, Michael Pollan tells the story of how research in psychedelics, despite its bad reputation since the hippie era, is having a renaissance.
Amongst other things the article describes experiments with giving psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) to dying cancer patients and how this treatment helps them to cope with their awaiting death.
Roland Griffith, a researcher mentioned in the article, explain in this TEDx talk the numerous potential benefits from treatment with psilocybin as well as how astonishing the results of this treatment looks compare to current alternatives.
Its interesting how little value we in the western society give so called nature medicines which have been used for thousands of years in traditional cultures for various treatments. But as the article shows, this is about to change.