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Magic mushrooms may one day treat depression: Study investigating active substance in the illegal drug is due to launch early next year

Magic mushrooms could one day be used to treat depression.

British scientists plan to conduct a study that investigates the illegal drug’s active ingredient, known as psilocybin, in patients with the mental health condition who have not previously responded to treatment.

If the trial, which is due to launch next year and is the largest of its kind, is successful, the substance could be approved for treatment of the blues.

This comes after a renewed interest in psychoactive substances such as MDMA and LSD for hard-to-treat conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and alcohol dependency.   

Around one in three cases of depression do not respond well to existing treatments.

 

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