‘Magic mushrooms’ could avert looming mental health crisis, says North Wales police boss

“The fact that psilocybin is classified as a Class A drug means there has been a research blackout for nearly 50 years into the beneficial effect it can have in improving the lives of people suffering from PTSD and depression.”

Arfon Jones

Steve Bagnall reports for Microsoft News:

“North Wales police boss Arfon Jones believes “magic mushrooms” could help avert a mental health crisis.

The compound found in magic mushrooms could save lives by being used as a revolutionary new treatment for people suffering from PTSD and depression, said Mr Jones – the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner.

He has written to all the region’s MPs asking them to support a call to reclassify psilocybin as a drug, so that more research can be carried out.

It is currently categorised as a Class A compound, naturally occurring in more than 100 species of mushroom, which are illegal to take in the UK.

When ingested “magic mushrooms”, which grow around areas of North Wales, can produce a hallucinogenic effect like LSD – which is also an illegal Class A drug.

When they were made illegal in 2005, the Home Office said they were harmful to users.

But Mr Jones, a long-time campaigner for drug legislation reform, believes it should be reclassified under the list of less harmful drugs, which would enable companies to stage large-scale clinical trials to develop an effective and safe treatment …”

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