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Scientific Discovery Could Lead to Mass-Produced Magic Mushroom Drug

Researchers at Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany have discovered how psychedelic mushrooms produce their hallucinogenic drug, potentially opening the door to mass-produced psilocybin. Until the discovery, scientists were uncertain how “magic” mushrooms produced psilocybin, a compound that some say has medical uses. The Friedrich Schiller researchers isolated four enzymes that the mushrooms use to create psilocybin, potentially allowing scientists to recreate the chemical process in a laboratory.