FDA FINALLY ALLOWS RESEARCH TO USE MAGIC MUSHROOMS, PSILOCYBIN, TO TREAT DEPRESSION
So for many, many years, magic mushrooms were anathema. Anathema? They were illegal to grow, sell, use or pretty much even to look at. But I suppose there may be cause, to some degree. Magic Mushrooms are, after all, a hallucinogen. Or, at least, their psychedelic main ingredient is, psilocybin. But psychedelics like Magic Mushrooms have been totally forbidden for several decades. Yet now, doctors and researchers are finally looking at these as possible resources to help treat all sorts of things, even depression. And we are getting a lot closer to Magic Mushrooms helping to treat depression! It’s better late than never. I guess. But it’s hard not to remember how much time was lost.
IT’S BEEN HALF A CENTURY SINCE THE US GOV BANNED ALL RESEARCH INTO MAGIC MUSHROOMS, OTHERS
So we also need to remember that this idea is NOT new. Half a century ago, therapists used various hallucinogens to help treat both anxiety and depression. They used them in tandem with regular, conventional therapy methods. But then psychedelics and other drugs became ever so popular recreationally. And THEN governments everywhere simply banned them. But unfortunately for Magic Mushrooms and so many others, those bans also impacted the medical field. It was against the law to even study if these compounds had any medicinal possibilities! That’s right, scientists went to jail for this research. But those days are over? Maybe. Actually, they really may be over.
50 YEARS LATE, SCIENCE CAN FINALLY LEARN HOW MAGIC MUSHROOMS AND OTHERS CAN HELP OUR HEALTH
So in a nutshell, the United States set a major trend. 50 years ago. And that had the major side effect of preventing scientists from exploring compounds like psilocybin. 50 years ago. I mean, it’s not like we don’t know that MDMA can be very effective in treating PTSD. Except we do, of course. Regardless, the FDA recently bestowed the designation “breakthrough therapy” to a non-profit, the Wisconsin based Usona Institute. The irony, of course, is that this designation will help speed up the process in Usona’s research into how psilocybin can be used as a treatment for clinical depression, aka major depressive disorder. So breakthrough really means 50 years late. Breakthrough!
So yes, it is a breakthrough, of sorts. But it really could have been a breakthrough as far back as 50 fucking years ago. But let’s not digress too much, or we’ll need some of this new breakthrough therapy ourselves. So let’s be clear. The breakthrough is NOT political. Elected officials didn’t suddenly say let’s make this legal. But science has helped. But what helped even more? There’s money to be made, of course. A lot. Of money. And all those dirty hippies became capitalists. Right? Sure, they went on a trip even.