Magic mushrooms should be less illegal, scientists argue

There is still a lot of social stigma and fear surrounding psychedelic drugs. But properly-conducted clinical trials are rapidly replacing assumptions with solid scientific knowledge, the researchers say.“This area of regulatory science has the potential to facilitate innovative therapeutic breakthroughs by replacing fear and misinformation with scientifically based conclusions and facts,” they write.

Based on the current evidence for psilocybin’s safety and effectiveness, the researchers argue that Schedule I is the wrong legal classification for psilocybin. This category is reserved for drugs that have high abuse potential, no therapeutic approval, and no safe medical uses. “But at this point, the data suggest that the potential therapeutic benefits of psilocybin-assisted therapy are real, and of potential medical and public health significance,” the researchers write. 

Original Article (Inverse):
Magic Mushrooms Should Be Less Illegal, Scientists Argue
Artwork Fair Use: Lavinia Engelbrecht

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