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UMC is testing magic mushrooms as a medicine against depression


The Utrechts Medical Centrum (UMC) is going to experiment with magic mushrooms. Psychedelics can have a positive effect on depressive symptoms.

People aged 18 with a persistent depressive disorder can apply for the test. Participants receive an intake from a psychiatrist and a screening of the body follows.

The participant receives a dose of psilocybin of 25, 10 or 1 milligram. During the session with the material, this music is heard and encouraged to experience the effects. The one-off session lasts six to eight hours. After the session, the guinea pig will not be given any medication for the depression for three weeks.

The UMC says that depression is a big problem. That is why it is important to develop new treatments for patients. There are more hospitals that experiment with substances from magic mushrooms.

Written by: Grace Kennedy

Grace Kennedy is a leading journalist, columnist of events in Ireland and beyond. 8 years in journalism, since she dropped out of university and ran away from home.

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