US and UK a step closer to legalising 'magic mushrooms' for depression treatment

Freelance science writer Leonie Joubert looks at the latest development in decriminalising psilocybin, the compound found in ‘magic’ mushrooms', the name given to fungi that contain the naturally occurring psychedelic compound.

Joubert says scientists in the United Kingdom and the United States have made great strides in legalising magic mushrooms as a treatment for depression and addiction.

Read: Land in Atlantis earmarked for medical cannabis plant in Cape Town

The results are so promising and it looks like psilocybin will be legal for medical use in the United States in the next five years.

Leonie Joubert, Freelance science writer

In South Africa, unfortunately, our medical community is way behind the zeitgeist. But things are changing so quickly overseas that the opportunity here to have it either decriminalised or legalised for medical use is vast.

Leonie Joubert, Freelance science writer

Joubert explains the benefits of psilocybin therapy practised in the United States for patients suffering from depression.

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