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Australia legalized and regulated MDMA and psilocybin mushrooms, and the country will begin allowing prescriptions starting July 1.

Doctors will only be able to prescribe MDMA, otherwise known as ecstasy, to patients attempting to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and psilocybin mushrooms to patients who have experienced treatment-resistant depression. Every prescribing psychiatrist must obtain approval from a Human Research Ethics Committee out of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

“Psilocybin and MDMA are relatively safe when used in a medically controlled setting under the supervision of appropriately trained healthcare professionals and in the dosages that have been studied in clinical trials,” said Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration, or TGA, when announcing the move.

Patients would likely have three treatments over five to eight weeks. Each treatment would last about eight hours, with the therapist staying with the patient the whole time.

Source: NDTV