Should magic mushrooms and LSD be used to treat mental health problems?

Magic mushrooms and LSD should be legally reclassified so they can be used to treat common mental health problems, a leading psychiatrist has said.

 

Should magic mushrooms and LSD be used to treat mental health problems?

Should magic mushrooms and LSD be used to treat mental health problems?

James Rucker, honorary lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, said legal restrictions should be lifted on psychedelic drugs, which could provide an effective treatment for anxiety and addictions.

Writing in the BMJ, he said legal restrictions imposed on the medical use of psychedelic drugs, such as LSD and psilocybin, the compound found in “magic” mushrooms, make medical research into their benefits almost impossible.

Dr Rucker said the drugs “were extensively used and researched in clinical psychiatry” in the 1950s and 1960s, with trials suggesting they could provide “beneficial change in many psychiatric disorders”.

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Source: Magic mushrooms should be used to treat mental health problems, psychiatrist says – Telegraph

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