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Psilocybin vs. depression: London study overcomes obstacles to show encouraging results

Researchers at Imperial College London have conducted a small-scale clinical trial to test the effect of psilocybin, the active component in ‘magic mushrooms’, on 12 patients with treatment-resistant depression. While the results were encouraging – with all 12 volunteers seeing an alleviation of symptoms – regulatory restrictions and ethical objections could severely hamper the eventual development of a treatment. Abi Millar asks whether these obstacles are insuperable.

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