Pesky Drug Laws Hamper Research Into Using Shrooms as Antidepressants


A scientist researching the use of ingredients in hallucinogenic “magic” mushrooms as a treatment for depression is ticked off by drug laws hampering his plans. After receiving ethics approval and $844,000 in funding, David Nutt, a neuropsychopharmacology professor at Imperial College London can’t go forward with his work. The problem is that psilocybin, the chemical in shrooms that makes everything super-hilarious, is, like, totally illegal. But, in earlier research, he discovered that the drug switched off a part of the brain that is overactive in people suffering from depression. He probably also discovered that we’re all connected to the soil, whipped cream is hilarious and late-night TV is really weird, maaaan.

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