Magic mushrooms could help ex-soldiers to overcome trauma

As more troops self-medicate with psychedelic drugs to help with PTSD, a group of experts lobby for proper clinical trials
The Observer (UK)
Saturday, July 4, 2020

magic mushroomsA growing number of soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder are turning to “magic mushrooms” and LSD to treat their condition. But drug laws make it almost impossible to establish whether they work. Now a new body, the Medical Psychedelics Working Group, a consortium of experts, academics, researchers, policy specialists and industry partners, is to begin lobbying for a change in the law so that scientists can conduct clinical trials. “This is something that’s been developed by veterans,” said Professor David Nutt from Drug Science, an independent scientific body which calls for an evidence-based approach to the legislation and is part of the group. (See also: Ease restrictions on medical psychedelics to aid research, experts say)