Psychedelics for Mental Health

Background

The Psychedelic Society, along with other organisations and individuals listed below, are calling on the UK government to reschedule psilocybin, a compound that has been called a ‘breakthrough’ treatment for mental health.

Recent trials using psilocybin to treat depression and anxiety have returned staggering results, with 80% of patients reporting improved wellbeing or life satisfaction for up to six months from just a single dose.

Psilocybin is currently a Schedule 1 substance. Schedule 1 substances are not authorised for medical use and can only be supplied, possessed or administered in exceptional circumstances under a special Home Office licence. This means psilocybin cannot be prescribed by doctors, and that conducting research with it is extremely time-consuming and expensive.

By rescheduling psilocybin from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 or below, research would become faster and cheaper, and doctors would be able to start prescribing the substance when they see fit.

Petition text

To the UK Ministers for Drug Policy and Mental Health,

4 million people suffer from depression & anxiety in the UK1. Research has shown the potential of psilocybin to treat these conditions2, 3, 4, 5, yet it is being hindered by the restrictive Schedule 1 status of the substance. Out of compassion for those suffering from depression & anxiety, we ask that you take immediate action to reschedule psilocybin.

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Reasons for signing

I am 100% sure Psilocybin is more effective in treating depression than Prescribed treatments.

Andrew K. 10 days ago

I had an extremely profound experience on LSD which turned my life around and I would like others to be able to benefit from the healing which psychedelics can provide.

Stuart M. about 7 hours ago

These compounds can help us to save ourselves from ourselves. They must be legalised. They are natural things of the Earth. To make anything which grows out of the ground ‘illegal’ seems utterly preposterous. The harms are overstated. And the benefits understated.

Matthew C. about 16 hours ago

I believe in the therapeutic power of psychedelics and feel it should be legal and applied in guided clinical settings to reap the benefits.

Shelly V. about 17 hours ago

its a safe and cheap alternative to existing medicines

Michael R. 1 day ago

I believe that we need more solutions for depression and anxiety which has become an epidemic in modern society. Legalisation would provide the opportunity for many more people to access a safe, therapeutic process. Given that the NHS cannot provide sufficient resources for access to mental health support the legalization of these substances would be a valuable adjunct.

Gillian S. 1 day ago

We need ways to help more people and this can work. Once in place, do the long term studies, make sure the good significantly outweighs the bad...

Martin S. 1 day ago

Have you tried prozac, the stuff makes you more depressed but mushrooms work

Andrew 1 day ago

Psilocybin has given me some of the most meaningful experiences of my life. It helps people. How can research into it be a bad thing?

Evan J. 2 days ago

Looking for hope................ r

Robin S. 2 days ago

I'm signing because all entheogens need to be decriminalised at the least, and yes, it's been known for a very long time that psilocybin is very good for true mental health.

Clara M. 2 days ago