Politics, Sci-Tech

Beam me up, Doctor: psychedelic drugs may be prescribed in the future

By Andy Rice 18 August 2010

Scientists in Zurich are hoping to give mind-altering drugs like ketamines, LSD and magic mushrooms a good name - all in the name of psychiatric therapy. The researchers say that recent brain scan images strongly suggest that psychedelic drugs act on the brain in a way that reduces the symptoms of various psychiatric disorders. If this idea should ever survive the stigma that surrounds these drugs, as well all the screening that would occur before clinical authorisation, we could very well have doctors prescribing small doses of 'shrooms to psychiatric patients. Read more: Reuters.