Police commissioner: Magic mushrooms spirit away the blues – The Times

Magic mushrooms could be the answer to a coronavirus-induced mental health crisis, according to a police chief.

Arfon Jones, 65, the police commissioner for north Wales, believes a compound in the mushrooms, psilocybin, could treat depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, and has asked the 10 MPs in his region to support a call for the drug to be reclassified.

“There is evidence to show psilocybin can be efficacious in treating depression,” he said, noting that lockdown isolation had made the need for treatment more pressing.

His call follows a report by the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group and a think tank, the Adam Smith Institute. In it, researchers from King’s College London and Manchester University argue that psilocybin could help avert an impending mental health