Australian Govt Creates Grant In Hope That Ozzie Mushies Become Medical Shrooms Of Choice


Dr McTaggart will also test the hypotheses that the Australian native mushroom Psilocybe subaeruginosa has spread globally to become the most commonly used psilocybin in the medical world The ABC reports .. ‘Psychedelic renaissance’ sees first legal collection of Australia’s medicinal magic mushrooms Australia’s first legal collection of native “magic” mushrooms could provide medical options to treat severe depression, alcohol and drug addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the fear experienced at the end of terminally ill people’s lives. Key points: This will be Australia’s first legal collection of magic mushrooms They will be studied for their psychoactive properties The research could provide the foundation for tailored medical psychedelic treatments. University of Queensland mycologist and evolutionary biologist Dr Alistair McTaggart has been given approval to collect and catalogue psilocybin mushrooms found growing in cow manure and leaf litter on damp forest floors after rain. The federal government is investing a total of $15 million in grants to support Australian-led research into the use of mushrooms, ecstasy and ketamine to combat illnesses such as PTSD, major depressive disorders, addiction and eating disorders. “Psychedelic mushrooms are taking off, everyone’s talking about them,” Dr McTaggart said. “In America the USDA [United States Department of Agriculture] has fast tracked psilocybin treatment. It’s considered a breakthrough therapy,” Dr McTaggart said. “With COVID-19 right now, I think there’s never been a better time to start looking for therapies for mental health.” The blue meanie grows in the Gold Coast region.(Supplied: Dr Alistair McTaggart ) Trip into the unknown Globally, 200 species of mushroom produce psilocybin — a natural psychoactive compound with hallucinogenic effects similar to LSD. But little is known about the 20-30 species of psychedelic mushrooms in Australia, with Dr McTaggart’s research to investigate whether they are native, edible, poisonous or adaptable for medicinal use. Some, like the golden top mushroom, or Psilocybe cubensis — that is commonly found…

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