UK Blocks Research on Magic Mushrooms
Depression is a major (and growing) public health issue and the widespread use of pharmaceutical antidepressants (particularly) in the western world has come to an extent that is frightening. Americans spend approximately ten billion dollars ($10,000,000,000 !) on prescribed antidepressants annually and although those modern chemical medications cause severe side-effects, the research in naturally-occurring alternatives is blocked or rigidly restricted in most, if not all, countries. The question is, why do governments ban such research and keep frightening and in many cases misinforming the population? Occurring side-effects such as nausea, insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, decreased sex drive, dizziness, weight gain, tremors, sweating, fatigue, diarrhea, constipation and headaches are utterly counterproductive in treating depression and pose a threat to the sufferers, so why not look for natural remedies? Research on "magic" mushrooms could solve many problems, including the ever increasing cost to the health care systems and even more importantly, saving countless people from the unwanted side-effects and yet people are treated with anti-depressants at an alarming rate. Are these medications really dealing with the problems at hand?
Naturally-occurring magic mushrooms (and other psychedelics) have been used in religious ceremonies and for recreational purposes since ancient times and aren't natural remedies accountable for the survival of the human race up until today?
David Nutt, the president of the British Neuroscience Association, has previously conducted experiments on physically healthy volunteers and the results were more than encouraging. Past studies in various countries found that psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, could induce spiritual experiences that could elevate mood, attitude and behavior and even permanently alter personality for the better in people who did not respond to pharmaceutical antidepressants and the Medical Research Council granted him $844,000 to conduct a full clinical study to examine the magic mushroom's ability to treat depression, but the British government is blocking further research on the potential benefits. In the USA, psilocybin is classified a Schedule 1 drug, which means it is a substance with no legitimate medical uses. David Nutt is quoted as saying "We live in a world of insanity in terms of regulating drugs.".
Probably the biggest obstacle is the lobby of the multi-billion pharmaceutical companies and the silencing of supplement companies which are not allowed to make claims about how their natural nutritional or herbal products can heal people, but although governments block research on natural remedies, they can not stop the ever growing awareness to what mother nature has to offer, whether it is magic mushrooms or other natural psychedelics. But the misleading propaganda of both the governments and big drug companies can not silence the testimonials of those who have cured their illness with a natural treatment without using chemical medications that could cause even more damage to the nervous system.