Petition Reschedule psilocybin for medical research on untreatable conditions
Move psilocybin (the psychoactive compound found in “magic mushrooms”) to Schedule 2 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001, reducing unnecessary barriers to scientific research which slow the development of new and vital treatments for a range of physical and mental health conditions in the UK.
Antidepressant use in England has doubled over the last decade and 1 in every 10 pounds spent by the NHS is for mental health treatments. There have been no significant developments since SSRI antidepressants were developed more than 50 years ago. One single dose of psilocybin has been shown in studies to reduce the distress of those with terminal illness and treatment-resistant depression. No other intervention has been shown to have such significant long-term benefits after just a single exposure.
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