Sixty seconds on . . . psilocybinBMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2775 (Published 18 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2775
- Nigel Hawkes
Shades of Aldous Huxley and Timothy Leary—are magic mushrooms back on the menu?
Not so fast. There’s a long way to go. But a study in London has shown that the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, psilocybin, may be effective against treatment resistant depression. Its effects were quick—within a week—and more than 40% of the patients treated were still in remission three months later.1
Good news, surely?
Yes, as far as it goes. These were people whose depression had …