Boris Johnson to consider calls to legalise magic mushroom drug psilocybin
Written by Christina McSorley,
Boris Johnson has said he will examine the latest advice on the legalisation of psilocybin – a psychedelic drug found in magic mushrooms.
Tory MP Crispin Blunt urged the PM to review the law to allow more research into the drug’s therapeutic qualities.
Mr Blunt said it had “exciting potential” for the treatment of mental health conditions such as depression, trauma and addiction.
Mr Johnson said he would get back to Mr Blunt “as soon as possible”.
Psilocybin is currently included in Schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, along with drugs like ecstasy and LSD. This means it cannot be lawfully possessed or prescribed and a Home Office licence is needed for use in research.
Campaigners, including Mr Blunt, want it to be moved to Schedule 2 with restrictions to prevent inappropriate prescribing to facilitate medical and scientific research.