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Are Magic Mushrooms Magic Medicine?


Guest: Leonie Joubert Leonie Joubert | Freelance Science Writer. Psilocybin - the compound found in so-called ‘magic’ mushrooms - is looking so promising as a treatment for depression and addiction, that some researchers are comparing this ‘breakthrough’ medical technology to the discovery of penicillin as an antibiotic almost a century ago. Magic mushrooms, and other psychedelics have been in use for THOUSANDS of years. It is perhaps well overdue that modern science play catch up. I have in studio with me Leonie Joubert. No stranger to CapeTalk, she is one of the country's finest science journalists and has a special interest in psilocybin/shrooms - including the podcast called The Psychonauts.

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