FDA Recognizes Psilocybin (Magic Mushrooms) As 'Breakthrough Therapy' for Depression
This is encouraging to see. All sorts of drugs long relegated to the "evil" bin should be reassessed - particularly psychedelics.
Many substances hold potential benefits for those who suffer from mental illness (it must be emphasised that such substances not used properly can do great damage). Given the anguish and suffering associated with diseases such as depression it is a shame that this research wasn't done earlier. The delay is yet another example of the stupidity of the drug war.
I recently had the pleasure of talking to a young man who had suffered terribly from PTSD post war time deployment. It was awful for both him and for his family yet he'd done much to turn his life around. Part of his recovery, and it sounded like an important part of his recovery, was that he was treated (presumably legally) with MDMA (ecstasy) in a clinical session.
This was a man who was on the edge of functionality, and life, who had been helped with psychedelics. More research should be done, and it looks like it is going to be done. Thank God.
The FDA's dueling portrayals of psilocybin as a scary fungal neurotoxin and a promising treatment for depression are part of a broader story about forbidden drugs, including MDMA, marijuana, and LSD, whose benefits scientists are once again studying with government approval after decades of neglect. The rehabilitation of these substances, which may ultimately make them available as prescription drugs, is a far cry from the pharmacological freedom that libertarians favor. But it represents a welcome return to empiricism in an area of public policy long driven by irrational prejudice.