CAMPAIGNERS want the ban on magic mushrooms relaxed to help tackle Britain’s Covid-19 mental health time bomb.
Drugs experts and academics say using them as antidepressants will fight a “looming crisis” caused by lockdown.
Campaigners have been fighting for greater research into their benefits for years to help treat servicemen with conditions like PTSD.
They say psilocybin – the active compound in magic mushrooms – could help the third of sufferers who don’t respond well to conventional treatments.
Large-scale trials are blocked by its classification as a high-risk drug — but researchers at King’s College London and Manchester University say the evidence shows it is safe.
Tory MP Crispin Blunt says the potential benefits are “huge” but old-fashioned attitudes are holding back progress.
“All we’ve done is handicap ourselves and there’s no sensible reason,” he said.
“This could be a Christmas present to all those veterans. They’ve served their country and we’re not serving them.”
Depression affects about 1.2 million UK adults and is said to cost the economy £94billion a year.
The report was commissioned by the Adam Smith Institute think tank and the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group.
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