City officials in Denver, Colorado surprised most parts of the U.S. after they expressed interest in legalizing the use of magic mushrooms. A new policy has been proposed that seeks to eliminate criminal penalties for personal use and possession of the drug.
Magic mushrooms, or shrooms, contain a psychedelic chemical called psilocybin, which is currently part of the list of substances banned by the federal government, like heroin or LSD. But Denver wants to utilize the drug to improve the well-being of its residents, the BBC reported Tuesday.
Decriminalise Denver, the group that proposed the legalization of the magic mushrooms said that there are certain mushrooms that could serve as a treatment for cluster headaches, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
One study in 2016 showed that magic mushrooms contain a hallucinogenic chemical that could potentially improve the condition of people with untreatable depression.