Relaxing rules for research on psychedelic drugs, urges David Nutt | Politics

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Former government adviser Professor David Nutt said restrictions on the use of psychedelic drugs in research should be relaxed to help find new treatments for conditions such as mental health conditions.

Nutt was sacked as chair of the drug abuse advisory committee in October 2009 for his opinion that ecstasy and LSD are less dangerous than alcohol.

He said the potential benefits of psychedelics – first suggested by research in the 1950s and 1960s – had not been properly explored due to draconian regulations imposed for political reasons.

While heroin and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are both Class A drugs, only the latter is a Schedule 1 controlled drug – a class of drugs deemed to have no value. medical.

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