Psychedelic drugs ‘might help those struggling with mental health during lockdown’

Psychedelic drugs ‘might help those struggling with mental health during lockdown’

A charity in Australia has backed the use of psychedelics as a treatment to tackle the psychological impact of quarantine.

While Australia’s federal health minister has established new coronavirus support services, including digital and phone support, former Coalition MP (which is, confusingly, a centre-right party) and board member of Mind Medicine Australia (MMA) Andrew Robb is pushing forward a campaign to introduce MDMA and psilocybin – found in magic mushrooms – as a possible treatment.

“It is potentially the most significant innovation in mental health we’ve seen in decades,” Robb told ABC. “We would be derelict in our duty as a country if we didn’t take this opportunity to grab hold of this technology, and then see it’s introduced in a way which can potentially provide very significant benefit to many Australians.”

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