For the first time in the world, Australia legalized Ecstasy, the magic mushroom, for mental health

While MDMA is a synthetic drug, magic mushrooms grow naturally.

Australia has become the first country in the world to legalize the clinical prescription of psychedelics for certain mental health disorders. Starting July 1, authorized psychiatrists can prescribe MDMA, better known as ecstasy, to people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and magic mushrooms for certain types of depression, according to a news release.

“The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will allow MDMA to be prescribed for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression. These are the only conditions where there is currently sufficient evidence for a potential benefit in some patients.” Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration, or TGA, said in the release.

Announcing the latest move, the TGA said that psilocybin – the main psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms – and MDMA are “relatively safe” when used in prescribed doses and in a medically controlled setting under the supervision of appropriately trained healthcare professionals. goes. Studied in clinical trials.

However, according to CNNSome experts fear that the move may be premature as the drugs in question are still being tested in clinical trials and have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for clinical trials. It has not been formally approved by the FDA for the treatment of any mental health disorders. Use.

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But Dr Mike Musker, a mental health researcher at the University of South Australia, said the use of psychedelics would be carefully monitored and would not be a case of “take a pill and go”. He described the move as a “game changer”. He said that the patient is likely to get three treatments in five to eight weeks. Each treatment will last approximately eight hours, with the therapist accompanying the patient the entire time.

Specifically, MDMA is a synthetic drug that acts as a hallucinogen. It elevates the user’s energy level, sensory experiences and distorts their sense of time. On the other hand, magic mushrooms also have hallucinogenic effects due to the active compound psilocybin. They are grown naturally.