Reclassification Recommendations for Drug Found in 'Magic Mushrooms'

Posted on October 02 2018

Reclassification Recommendations for Drug Found in 'Magic Mushrooms'

If phase III clinical trials are successful, researchers recommend reclassification of the drug psilocybin (which is found in magic mushrooms) from Class A to schedule IV in the USA, which is roughly the equivalent to Class C in New Zealand.

Scientists studying psilocybin suggest removing the psychedelic substance from the most restrictive legal category (the equivalent of Class A in New Zealand). "We want to initiate the conversation now as to how to classify psilocybin to facilitate its path to the clinic and minimize logistical hurdles in the future," says Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "We expect these final clearance trials to take place in the next five years or so.”

Should magic mushrooms be re-classified as Class C in New Zealand, the same as sleeping pills? Or are the mushrooms and their active ingredients safer than that?  Perhaps they might be more suitable for reclassification under the PSA in New Zealand, as legally available psychoactive substances, sold from licensed outlets. What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below:

Read more: Science Daily

Source: John Hopkins medicine

Thanks to Alan Rockefeller at Mushroom Observer for the beautiful image.

2 comments

  • Psilocybe allenii: October 03, 2018

    (Psilocybe allenii)^ Mmmmmmmm yum num num!

  • Jimmy Jazz: October 03, 2018

    They should have remained legal all along, they are beneficial to mankind. But there needs to be strict regulations to ensure they are sold in sensible dosage and that users are properly prepared for the mushroom experience. Education is the key, not prohibition.

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