Sh­rooms in drugs trial

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MAGIC mush­rooms may give last­ing ben­e­fits to peo­ple tor­mented by in­cur­able de­pres­sion, new re­search sug­gests.

A trial of 12 pa­tients with treat­ment-re­sis­tant de­pres­sion – which in some cases had per­sisted for decades – found ev­ery par­tic­i­pant ex­pe­ri­enced a re­duc­tion in symp­toms a week af­ter tak­ing the strictly con­trolled Class A hal­lu­cino­genic drug psilo­cy­bin.

Eight of the 12 (67%) achieved full re­mis­sion af­ter a week and were tem­po­rar­ily lib­er­ated from their de­mons.

Three months af­ter swal­low­ing psilo­cy­bin cap­sules, seven pa­tients con­tin­ued to show an im­prove­ment and of these five re­mained de­pres­sion-free.

Vol­un­teers were screened to ex­clude any­one with a his­tory of sui­cide at­tempts, psy­chosis or drug us­age.

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