Traditionally, it can be hard to treat some addictions. However, the psychedelic drug psilocybin – found in magic mushrooms, performs just as well as widely used antidepressants in easing the symptoms of major depression and outperforms the common range of prescription medication.
A good start is to make sure they’re not addictive, so you don’t just switch one dependency to another. Traditionally it’s been very, very difficult to treat some addictions and if you think of something like heroin addiction, most of the treatments are putting people on something that is addictive, like methadone or buprenorphine, but which isn’t as dangerous.
The psychedelic drug psilocybin – found in “magic mushrooms” performed just as well as a widely used antidepressant in easing the symptoms of major depression, and outperformed the common prescription medication on a range of secondary measures, results of a small-scale phase II study show.