|Bans on psychedelic drugs impinge on basic human rights, according to a letter printed in a medical journal by two scientists|
He said: “The commonality is that addiction and drug abuse have a function which is to escape from stress and difficult emotions like shame, loneliness, fear, guilt or shyness. Recently our colleague, Matthew Johnson, completed a pilot study which with psilocybin for smoking cessation, also with encouraging results.”
EmmaSofia’s campaign has been backed by a number of academics, including Professor David Nutt, a former drugs adviser to the UK government, who has previously said that the scientists should look into the positive side-effects of illegal drugs.
A spokesman for the British governmental organisation Public Health England told Newsweek that it was unethical to treat addiction to one drug with another illegal substance and say that such an initiative would not find support in the UK.
Dr Paul McLaren, a consultant psychiatrist based at Priory Hayes Hospital near Bromley, Kent, told Newsweek: “There is at present insufficient scientific evidence in the form of randomised controlled trials to justify the therapeutic use of these drugs.”
Both MDMA and magic mushrooms are classed as Class A drugs in the UK.
Earlier this month an accidental loophole in drug legislation law led to a host of illegal drugs, including ecstasy, magic mushrooms and ketamine, being legalised in Ireland for 24 hours.