How the UK [and other countries around the world] fell back in love with magic mushrooms
Is this the beginnings of a plant-based psychedelic renaissance going on in… parks, house parties and festivals? If so, what’s going on? Why – are young people getting into the psychedelic fungi?
Since peaks in the late-1990s and mid-2000s, we are now seeing the green shoots of magic mushroom revival. According to Home Office data, there’s been a small but significant jump in the amount of young people who have used magic mushrooms in the previous year, from 49,000 in 2016/17 (0.8 percent of 16 to 24-year-olds) to 101,000 in 2018/19 (1.6 percent) – a 12-year high. And it’s not just young people; over the last five years the Global Drugs Survey has tracked a growth in UK respondents using magic mushrooms, from 13.7 percent in 2014 to 19.3 percent in 2019.