Magic mushrooms or medicinal mushrooms?

As magic mushrooms make a comeback on Australia’s party and festival scene, researchers from the US say there may be a medicinal use for the illegal fungus.

A team from New York University and John Hopkins University in Baltimore report that the psychedelic drug in the mushrooms can quickly and effectively help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients; an effect that might last for months.

The work released on Thursday is preliminary and experts say more definitive research must be done on the effects of the substance, called psilocybin.

But the record so

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