How magic mushroom medicine could treat depression

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Credits  Getty Images Alt Text  Magic Mushrooms Active ingredient psilocybin is found to have no harmful effects in its first clinical trial One-Minute Read Gabriel Power Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 2:47pm The active ingredient in magic mushrooms has passed the first of the clinical trials designed to see if it can one day be used to treat depression. See related  F1 ace Lewis Hamilton and MotoGP star Valentino Rossi swap machines - video, pictures and social media posts In the largest-ever study so far on the chemical, called psilocybin, scientists at King’s College London (KCL) found that in reasonable doses, it was “safe and well tolerated when given to healthy volunteers”. Previous smaller studies have suggested that psilocybin “helps to alleviate depressive symptoms”, says theFinancial Times , “but these were not the larger placebo-controlled trials needed to convince medical opinion – and regulators – that it is a safe and effective treatment”, the paper adds. Psilocybin is
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