Is there a mainstream role for the drugs of the counterculture?

Psilocybin research

Is there a mainstream role for the drugs of the counterculture? Psilocybin (the active element of magic mushrooms) and LSD (also known as acid) were research darlings in the 1950s with hopes that they could cure depression, drug addiction and even the fear of mortality. Sandoz Laboratories had introduced LSD as a psychiatric drug in 1947 and hailed it “as a cure for everything from schizophrenia to criminal behaviour, sexual perversions, and alcoholism.”