Magic mushrooms should be rescheduled in Britain to treat depression, top doctors have said.
Leading experts have called for a change in the law to allow ‘shrooms’ to be used in a similar way as medicinal cannabis.
But they said recreational use would remain illegal, with Brits caught in possession of the Class A drug facing a jail-term of up to seven years.
Scientific studies have repeatedly shown psilocybin — the psychoactive chemical in magic mushrooms — has promise in boosting mental health, fighting off depression and helping PTSD sufferers.
Leading experts have called for a change in the law to allow ‘shrooms’ to be used in a similar way as medicinal cannabis
Experts from Oxford, Manchester and King’s College London universities have called for magic mushrooms to be rescheduled.
Psilocybin is currently listed as a Schedule 1 substance, meaning it’s thought to have no medicinal value and therefore cannot be legally possessed or prescribed.
But the group say moving the substance to Schedule 2 on a research-only basis will enable the ‘sorely needed exploration of fresh mental health treatments’.
Schedule 2 drugs, such as ketamine and cannabis, are those that can be prescribed and supplied by doctors and pharmacists.
But rescheduling it on a research-only…