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Australia approves ecstasy and magic mushrooms for medical use

Professionals will be able to prescribe the party drugs for PTSD, depression

The use of psilocybin, a derivative from of magic mushrooms, is be legalized for specific mental health cases in Australia from July.   © AP

HAIFA, Israel -- In a world first, Australia has conditionally legalized the use of the recreational drugs known as ecstasy and magic mushrooms for specific mental health cases.

Starting July 1, the Therapeutic Goods Administration will allow licensed medical professionals to prescribe MDMA, the active ingredient in ecstasy, and psilocybin, a compound found in certain fungi. The substances will be adjusted from Schedule 9 (prohibited substances) to Schedule 8 (controlled medicines) on the register of drugs listed for use in medical treatments.

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