We ask a panel of experts if there are benefits to hallucinogenics.
Researchers have in recent years studied the potential benefits of microdosing psychedelic drugs such as LSD and MDMA as treatments for PTSD, schizophrenia, and depression associated with cancer treatment. Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of an ingredient found in magic mushrooms for a drug trial aimed at treating depression. Opponents, though, say the research is too new and limited to be reliable, while others who are critical say what little research does exist excludes communities of colour.
Attitudes to hallucinogenic drug in the US use also appear to be slowly changing. Voters in the city of Denver head to the polls in May to vote on whether to legalise so-called ‘magic mushrooms’. Similar votes may also happen in the state of Oregon and in Oakland, California.
We discuss the mysticism of mushrooms and other psychedelics and ask our panel are there real health benefits to these drugs?
Assistant professor of chemistry, UC Davis
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