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Could Psychedelic Mushrooms Become a Legitimate Treatment for Depression?

Magic mushrooms might not only be consumed by crunchy followers of jam bands like Phish and Widespread Panic anymore. Turns out there’s more to “shrooms” than swirling kaleidoscope auras and Willy Wonka-like hallucinations.

Shrooms are the natural alternative to the chemical LSD, first synthesized by a Swiss scientist in 1934. Known colloquially as acid, LSD caught on in the 1960s in the era of Woodstock and The Grateful Dead.

Researchers at Imperial College London have discovered that psychedelic mushrooms have properties that can significantly reduce depression.

A new study published last month in the New England Journal of Medicine showed promise for psilocybin, the active ingredient in the mushrooms, to treat depression. It compared

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