Psychedelics

Maine Lawmakers Hold Hearing On Psilocybin Bill As Committee Members Disclose Personal Psychedelics Use

January 25, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A Maine House committee is considering a bill to legalize psilocybin, allowing adults to access the psychedelic at licensed facilities while broadly ending the criminalization of personal use and possession of psilocybin. During a hearing before the legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee on Wednesday, members—two of whom disclosed personally using psilocybin in the past—discussed the psychedelics proposal, sponsored by Sen. Donna Bailey (D), who filed a similar version of the proposal in 2022 that passed the Senate but stalled out in… Read more.

Red Light Holland targets U.S. market with new mushroom sales arm

January 25, 2024 · Green Market Report

Red Light Holland plans on coming to America. The company is launching a new branch called SR Wholesale North America to sell mushrooms “if and when regulations permit,” according to the company’s statement. The new wholesale arm will work with Ontario-based partner farms to offer a variety of fresh mushrooms as it builds out a sales pipeline in the region. “Our AEM Partners, Holburne and F&R Mushroom farms, have a proven track record of delivering top-quality mushrooms, and we are confident… Read more.

Massachusetts Governor Touts Activists’ Support For Her Veterans Bill That Would Create Psychedelics Work Group

January 24, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

The governor of Massachusetts is promoting the testimony of activists who spoke in favor of her veterans-focused bill that would, in part, create a psychedelics work group to study the therapeutic potential of substances such as psilocybin. During a hearing before the legislature’s Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs on Tuesday, psychedelics reform advocates urged members to pass the Honoring, Empowering, and Recognizing our Servicemembers and Veterans (HERO Act) that Gov. Maura Healey (D) introduced last month. This comes as… Read more.

GOP Presidential Candidate Ramaswamy Wants VA To Provide Medical Marijuana And Psychedelics To Veterans Instead Of Fentanyl

January 16, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Vivek Ramaswamy, a 2024 Republican presidential candidate, says he would federally legalize Schedule I drugs such as marijuana and psychedelics for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if he’s elected. His plan involves having the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provide access to the currently illegal substances as an alternative to fentanyl. During a virtual town hall event ahead of the Iowa caucus, Ramaswamy was asked why medical cannabis hasn’t been federally legalized and took the opportunity to tout his… Read more.

Rhode Island Bill Would Allow Psilocybin Cultivation, Possession Under 1 Ounce

January 15, 2024 · High Times

Several states across the U.S. are forging ahead with their respective psilocybin reform programs, largely embracing policy changes around possession and cultivation while working to implement therapeutic practices involving the “magic mushroom” compound.  And kicking off the new year, more states are looking to join those ranks. Most recently, Rhode Island Rep. Brandon Potter (D) introduced his proposal — described in his own words as a decriminalization model — with a number of details standing apart from reform measures that… Read more.

Alaska Lawmakers File Bills To Create Psychedelics Task Force To Explore Legalization Frameworks And Therapeutic Uses

January 12, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Alaska lawmakers have filed a pair of bills to create a state task force responsible for studying and making recommendations on psychedelic policy issues, including frameworks for legalization and licensure for therapeutic practitioners. Sen. Forrest Dunbar (D) and Rep. Jennie Armstrong (D) introduced identical companion versions of the legislation on Monday. The bills would establish an Alaska Mental Health and Psychedelic Medicine Task Force under the state Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The body would be comprised of… Read more.

Fifth Michigan City Approves Local Psychedelics Decriminalization Resolution

January 11, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Another Michigan city has approved a resolution to locally deprioritize enforcement of laws against psychedelic substances, while expressing support for a statewide bill to legalize certain etheogenic plants and fungi. On Tuesday, the Ypsilanti City Council took testimony from supporters and passed the psychedelics measure in an unanimous 6-0 vote. The whereas section states that psychedelics can “catalyze profound experiences of personal and spiritual growth, have been shown by scientific and clinical studies and traditional practices to be beneficial to… Read more.

New Bipartisan Washington Bill Would Legalize Psilocybin Therapy For Veterans And First Responders

January 9, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Bipartisan Washington State lawmakers prefiled a Senate bill last week that would allow nonprofits to provide psilocybin services to clients 21 and older so long as the organizations “have an explicit goal of promoting wellness for and assisting military veterans or first responders.” Sponsored by Sens. Jesse Salomon (D) and Ann Rivers (R), SB 5977 appears to build on the state’s limited psychedelics pilot program signed into law last year, which is also aimed at serving veterans and first responders, including… Read more.

California GOP Lawmaker Expands Psychedelics Bill To Create Workgroup And Plan For Veterans’ Therapeutic Access

January 5, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

As California’s 2024 legislative session gets underway, a Republican lawmaker has filed a revised bill to create a state workgroup that would be tasked with exploring a regulatory framework to provide therapeutic access to psychedelics like psilocybin and ibogaine. The legislation from Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R) would also allow health professionals to administer certain psychedelics to military combat veterans for the treatment of mental health conditions upon the enactment of such a framework. The newly amended language represents an expansion… Read more.

What Ever Happened to the Elephant That was Given 300mg of LSD as Part of a Science Experiment?

January 4, 2024 · Cannabis.net

Tusko the elephant was recently honored in a tribute by Guinness World Records, the official repository of amazing human feats and natural world extremes. Tusko, a male Indian elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo, died as a result of a sad experiment involving an extremely high dose of LSD undertaken for scientific purposes in the early 1960s. During the 1950s and 1960s, researchers investigated LSD's effects on animals such as dolphins and cats, with goals such as mind control and improved animal… Read more.

Biden Approves Funding for Psychedelic Drug Research for Military Members

January 3, 2024 · Green Market Report

President Joe Biden signed off on a new defense bill that includes provisions for funding clinical trials on the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs for active-duty military personnel. The president approved 2024’s National Defense Authorization Act on Dec. 22, a week after Congress green lit the package and sent it to his desk earlier last month. In a statement, Biden made no remarks or references to the specific language regarding psychedelic treatment for military members. The NDAA allocates $10 million for the Department… Read more.

New American Medical Association Psychedelic Therapy Codes Take Effect As FDA Weighs Prescription MDMA Application

January 2, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

As the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers an application to approve MDMA as a prescription drug, new standards from the American Medical Association (AMA) have officially taken effect that assign psychedelics-specific codes to collect data on the novel therapies. AMA approved Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) III codes for psychedelic medicines in July after collaborating with the psychedelics-focused MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC) and COMPASS Pathways. Those codes, which took effect on Monday, could eventually be used for health providers… Read more.

DEA Calls For Even More THC, Psilocybin And DMT To Be Produced For Research In 2024

January 1, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is now calling for the production of even more THC, psilocybin and DMT for research purposes than it initially proposed for 2024—raising its quotas for those drugs while maintaining already high production goals for marijuana and other psychedelics. In a notice set to be published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, DEA said it received comments from registered manufacturers requesting increases to previously proposed 2024 quotas for the Schedule I substances in order to “meet medical… Read more.

Nevada GOP Governor’s Office Discusses Psychedelics Work Group Vacancies With Advocates Amid Push For Broader Legalization

January 1, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Nevada psychedelics activists say they’ve had a “productive meeting” with the Republican governor’s office about the need to expeditiously form a task force under a law enacted earlier this year in order to inform future reform—including the possible legalization of plant-based medicines. About six months after Gov. Joe Lombardo (R) signed legislation into law establishing a Psychedelic Medicines Working Group, members have not yet been formally appointed and no meetings have been scheduled, despite a mandate for the body to issue… Read more.

Over 700 People Legally Tripped Shrooms in Oregon This Year

December 28, 2023 · High Times

Psilocybin treatment centers in Oregon have administered magic mushrooms to over 700 people in 2023, the inaugural year of the program. Numbers reported by the Seattle Times who cited the Healing Advocacy Fund, a non-profit organization which supports the advancement of psychedelic therapies in Oregon and Washington, tally the total number of people who have accessed psilocybin therapy this year in Oregon at 715. Over 100 people have accessed the services in the last 20 days alone, as the Healing Advocacy Fund… Read more.

The Psychedelics Reform Movement Accelerated In 2023, With New State Laws And Momentum At The Federal Level

December 28, 2023 · Marijuana Moment

Psychedelics policy came sharply into focus in 2023, with advocates chalking multiple wins as the drug policy reform movement’s momentum continued to expand beyond marijuana at the local, state and federal levels. It was a year defined by firsts: historic federal legislation signed into law mandating psychedelics clinical trials, first-ever Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance on conducting research using entheogenic substances, a novel congressional hearing, psilocybin services opening in Oregon and a new opportunity to legalize MDMA as a… Read more.

Seventh Massachusetts City Votes To Deprioritize Arrests For Psychedelic Plants And Fungi

December 13, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Lawmakers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, voted this week to adopt a resolution in support of decriminalizing the use, possession and noncommercial sharing of psychedelic plants and fungi. It’s the seventh municipality in the state to deprioritize arrests for entheogens. The statement also calls on the county district attorney to cease prosecutions for psychedelics-related activity as well as for simple possession of all drugs. Further, it urges state lawmakers to amend a pending proposal that would legalize psychedelics in all of Massachusetts and could… Read more.

Psilocybin’s ‘Efficacy And Safety’ For Bipolar II Depression Demonstrated By American Medical Association Study

December 7, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Results of a new clinical trial published by the American Medical Association “suggest efficacy and safety” of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for treatment of bipolar II disorder, a mental health condition often associated with debilitating and difficult-to-treat depressive episodes. “The 15 participants in this trial had well-documented treatment-resistant BDII depression of marked severity and a lengthy duration of the current depressive episode,” authors wrote. After seven psychotherapy sessions, one involving a single dose of psilocybin, the paper says, study subjects “displayed strong… Read more.

Wisconsin Bill Would Create Pilot Program to Study Psilocybin as PTSD Treatment

December 1, 2023 · ganjapreneur

A bipartisan bill in Wisconsin aims to make it easier for researchers to treat patients with acute post-traumatic stress disorder with psilocybin, WPR reports. The measure would create a trust fund called the “medicinal psilocybin treatment program” that would be administered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which launched a center for studying psychedelics to treat PTSD in 2021. State Sen. Jesse James (R), one of the bill’s sponsors, told WPR that the “federal government has failed us when it comes to marijuana and the… Read more.

Arizona Psilocybin Council To Hold First Meeting This Week As Officials Prepare To Distribute $5 Million In Research Grants

November 28, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

An Arizona Psilocybin Research Advisory Council will meet for the first time on Tuesday to start the process of providing millions of dollars in grant funding to support research into the therapeutic potential of psychedelic mushrooms. The council—which was established under the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) as part of large-scale budget legislation that the governor signed in May—is meeting about a month before officials plan to open an application period for potential grant recipients. The legislature has appropriated $5… Read more.

Wisconsin Lawmakers Push To Improve Veterans’ Access to Magic Mushrooms

November 28, 2023 · High Times

The legislation, co-sponsored by Republican and Democratic lawmakers, would create “a new separate nonlapsible trust fund designated as the medicinal psilocybin treatment fund and establishes a pilot program to study the effects of medicinal psilocybin treatment on patients with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD),” according to a summary of the bill. The bill would require the pilot program to be established by “the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in collaboration with that institution’s… Read more.

Swedish Researchers Study Effects of LSD, Ketamine on Rats

November 24, 2023 · High Times

Researchers at a university in Sweden are using acid and ketamine to better understand the workings of the brain, which would then lead to the development of artificial intelligence. The researchers, based at Lund University in Lund, Sweden, “have developed a technique for simultaneously measuring electrical signals from 128 areas of the brain in awake rats,” the school said in a press release earlier this year.  The study has drawn recent media coverage from both Reuters and the British tabloid Metro. The university said that… Read more.

Celebrities on Ayahuasca: André 3000, Jim Belushi, Chelsea Handler, Sting and More

November 18, 2023 · CelebStoner

Add OutKast's André 3000 to the ever-growing list of celebrities who've used the South American hallucinogen known as ayahausca. During a three-day retreat in Hawaii, the rapper says he "turned into a panther. "I was doing like GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR – like, that kind of thing.... Yeah, it was just interesting because my mouth actually shaped like a panther." What Is Ayahuasca? Enthnobotanist Peter Gorman told CelebStoner in 2020: "Ayahuasca is a traditional tool for divination used throughout much of the Amazon jungle, particularly in the… Read more.

22 Pushups a Day No More Thanks to Mushrooms? – Psychedelics to Help Stop PTSD-Related Suicides Among Veterans?

November 18, 2023 · Cannabis.net

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the year 2020 saw an average of 17 veterans per day taking their own lives. Veterans who served in Middle Eastern conflicts experience PTSD at a rate nearly three times higher than their counterparts from the Vietnam War. Suicide stands as the second leading cause of death among veterans. 22 Pushups a day became in viral internet meme as people would do pushups to bring awareness to veteran suicide rates. The national committee affiliated with… Read more.

Massachusetts Governor Unveils Veterans Psychedelics Research Bill

November 14, 2023 · High Times

Massachusetts Governor Maura T. Healey last week filed legislation to increase benefits and modernize services for the state’s military veterans that includes a proposal to study the medical benefits of psychedelic drugs. The bill, known as an Act Honoring, Empowering and Recognizing Our Servicemembers and Veterans (HERO Act), was unveiled on November 9 by Healey and Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Veterans Services. The Healey administration said in a statement that the legislation would positively impact the… Read more.

GOP Presidential Candidate Ramaswamy’s Veterans Plan Includes Marijuana And Psychedelics Access To Treat PTSD

November 13, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Vivek Ramaswamy, a 2024 Republican presidential candidate, says that if he’s elected, he would remove federal restrictions on marijuana and psychedelics such as ayahuasca and MDMA to free up access for military veterans suffering from serious mental health conditions. The entrepreneur has previously discussed his support for psychedelics reform, but he’s now calling for descheduling as part of his veterans policy platform that’s meant to take a “holistic approach” the high rates of substance misuse and suicide within the veteran population.… Read more.

Federal Health Agency Announces $2 Million In Funding To Develop Psychedelic Treatments For Substance Use Disorders

November 10, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is soliciting proposals to develop psychedelics into treatments for substance use disorder (SUD), with plans to issue $2 million in grant money toward the research projects during fiscal year 2025. The funding opportunity will support research into a range of substances that might be used treat addiction, including “classic psychedelics” such as psilocybin and LSD, empathogens such as MDMA, dissociatives such as ketamine and other hallucinogens, including ibogaine and its analogues. The NIH listing… Read more.

Study: Majority of American Psychiatric Association Members Believe Psychedelics Show Promise in Treating Psychiatric Conditions

November 9, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A study published in September in the journal Psychedelic Medicine found a majority of respondents – randomly selected American Psychiatric Association (APA) members – moderately or strongly believed that hallucinogens show promise in treating psychiatric conditions (80.9%) and substance use disorders (60.8%). A majority of those surveyed also moderately or strongly supported research into hallucinogens‘ therapeutic potential for psychiatric conditions (93.9%) and substance use disorders (88.6%), as well as federal funding of associated clinical trials – 84.7% and 80.9%, respectively. The survey was… Read more.

Clinical Trial Shows Promise for Next-Gen Psychedelic Treatment

November 6, 2023 · High Times

A biopharmaceutical company this week unveiled the results of a clinical trial it says showcases the potential of psychedelics as a mental health treatment. The findings come via Cybin, a Canadian company “committed to revolutionizing mental healthcare by developing new and innovative next-generation psychedelic treatment options.” According to the company, the results centered around CYB003, Cybin’s “proprietary deuterated psilocybin analog” that showed “a rapid, robust and statistically significant reduction in symptoms of depression three weeks following a single 12mg dose compared to… Read more.

SXSW Announces 2024 Lineup, Leaning Into Psychedelics While Nixing Cannabis Track

November 5, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Organizers at SXSW this week unveiled a slate of more than 450 sessions chosen for the conference set to kick off in March. Among them are a handful of panels focused on legal marijuana and a whopping 13 sessions on psychedelics. It’s a sign of the shifting interest of the cutting edge conference as cannabis becomes more embedded into the mainstream and psychedelics emerge as the next big thing in drug policy. The sessions on MDMA, psilocybin and other substances… Read more.

Minnesota’s New Psychedelics Task Force Holds Its First Meeting On Monday

November 4, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A Minnesota psychedelics task force charged with studying the medical benefits of psilocybin, MDMA and LSD and preparing the state for possible legalization will convene on Monday for its first meeting, at which members are expected to select a chairperson and lay out the trajectory of the coming months. The group must return a final report to the state with findings and recommendations by January 1, 2025, and at least one key lawmaker says he plans to file a reform… Read more.

DEA Calls For Massive Increases In Psilocybin, Ibogaine And THC Manufacturing This Year To Meet Research Demands

October 31, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is proposing a dramatic increase in its 2023 production quotas for marijuana compounds and psychedelics like psilocybin and ibogaine to “support research and clinical trials” into the substances. DEA wants to nearly double the amount of psilocybin, psilocyn and delta-9 THC that’s manufactured compared to initial levels set for this year, while quintupling how much ibogaine is produced. It also wants 23 times as much of “other tetrahydrocannabinol,” raising the quota from 15,000 grams to… Read more.

Eureka, CA Decriminalizes Psychedelic Plant Medicines

October 25, 2023 · High Times

Eureka, CA, has passed a resolution decriminalizing entheogens and psychedelic plant medicines, making it the sixth California city to do so and the second such city in Humboldt County. The Eureka City Council unanimously approved an initiative last week to decriminalize plant medicines such as psilocybin mushrooms within city limits. The announcement came less than two weeks after CA Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed an initiative which would have decriminalized psychedelics statewide. The City of Arcata, just a few miles to the north,… Read more.

Study: Psychedelic Users Had Better Mental Health Outcomes During Pandemic

October 24, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A study published last month in the journal Scientific Reports suggests that individuals who use psychedelics tended to have better mental health outcomes during the coronavirus pandemic than non-users.    The researchers concluded that “users of hallucinogenic drugs scored better on various dimensions that were clearly affected by the recent COVID-19 pandemic, like psychopathology, wellbeing, and post-traumatic growth. This was even clearer in the case of regular users of these drugs.” For the study, researchers recruited a sample of 2,971 participants for… Read more.

Detroit Officials Close Psychedelic Church Raided in September

October 23, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Detroit, Michigan officials last week closed the building that formerly housed the psychedelic religious institution Soul Tribes International Ministries, the Detroit Free Press reports. The church, which offered psilocybin mushrooms as a sacrament, was raided by police in September.  Detroit Councilman James Tate shared an image of the padlocked door and a Notice of Building Closure dated October 18 on Facebook and thanked officials for helping to protect the neighborhood.    Shaman Boby Shu told the Free Press that the move is a “total violation” of… Read more.

Federal Court Hears Case Challenging DEA Decision To Deny Psilocybin Rescheduling Petition Without Consulting Health Officials

October 21, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A federal appeals court panel heard arguments on Friday in the case of a Seattle-based doctor who’s asking the federal government reschedule psilocybin, part of his effort to clear a path for terminally ill cancer patients to legally use the substance to help treat end-of-life depression and anxiety. Lawyers for the doctor say the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) dropped the ball when rejecting the psilocybin rescheduling petition outright, arguing that they agency instead should have referred the matter to the… Read more.

Congress Postpones First-Ever Hearing On Psychedelics And Veterans Mental Health Care

October 19, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A congressional subcommittee’s hearing on the use of psychedelic-assisted treatments for mental health disorders that was originally scheduled for Thursday has been postponed, the panel announced after another failed vote to elect a House speaker on Wednesday. It’s not yet clear when the rescheduled event will be. The hearing of the House Veterans Affairs’ Subcommittee on Health was set to be the first time federal lawmakers ever convened a formal hearing primarily to discuss how entheogenic substances such as psilocybin… Read more.

Harvard To Create Psychedelics Program

October 17, 2023 · Green Market Report

The Harvard Gazette announced that the venerable Ivy League University will create a Study of Psychedelics in Society and Culture with a multi-million dollar gift from the Gracias Family Foundation. According to the announcement, the study will be interdisciplinary across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Divinity School. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring students, faculty, and researchers together around the important issue of how psychedelics impact our society,” said Robin Kelsey, Shirley Carter… Read more.

Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson Says Legal Psychedelic Therapy Should Be Paid For With Universal Healthcare System

October 15, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Marianne Williamson, a 2024 Democratic presidential candidate, says the federal government should “fully legalize” certain psychedelics like psilocybin for therapeutic use and cover the costs for patients under a universal healthcare system. In a new plan focused on mental health, Williamson laid out 10 proposals that she said would help address the country’s “record levels of suicide, depression, anxiety, and toxic stress.” That includes legalizing psychedelic-assisted therapy with full insurance coverage. “For some of the most widespread mental health challenges we… Read more.

California Campaign To Put $5 Billion Towards Psychedelic Research Begins Gathering Signatures For Ballot Measure

October 10, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Signature gathering has officially kicked off to qualify an initiative for California’s 2024 ballot that would spend $5 billion to create a state agency focused on advancing research and development of psychedelic therapies. Known as the TREAT California Act, the measure would not itself change the legal status of any substances. Rather, it would establish a state agency called the Treatment, Research, Education, Access and Therapies (TREAT) Institute, which would identify opportunities for advancing scientific research and development into the therapeutic… Read more.

Portland, Maine ‘Deprioritizes’ Prosecution for Psilocybin

October 6, 2023 · High Times

The city council in Portland, Maine “voted 6-3 to pass a resolution deprioritizing prosecution for possession” of magic mushrooms and other psychedelic drugs, according to local news outlet News Center Maine, and NBC affiliate. The outlet noted that the resolution does not decriminalize such psychedelics, as has been reported elsewhere. Instead, it “sets official city policy to put those crimes at the lowest priority for prosecution,” News Center Maine reported. The outlet reported: “When reached for comment Wednesday, Maeghan Maloney, district attorney… Read more.

Gov. Newsom Signs Bill Allowing MDMA, Psilocybin Prescriptions If/When Feds Reschedule

October 4, 2023 · High Times

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a bill into law which would allow California doctors to immediately begin writing prescriptions for MDMA and psilocybin medications should the federal government choose to reschedule them. Gov. Newsom signed AB 1021 on Saturday in an effort to prepare California doctors ahead of expected federal movement regarding psychedelics like MDMA and psilocybin, which have increasingly shown effectiveness against several different mental health related issues. MDMA and psilocybin mushrooms are currently considered Schedule 1 narcotics under the Controlled… Read more.

Maine’s Biggest City Passes Legislation To Decriminalize Psychedelic Plants And Fungi

October 4, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

The City Council in Portland, Maine, has voted to deprioritize the local enforcement of laws against psychedelic plants and fungi, adopting a resolution on Monday that emphasizes treating the use and possession of all controlled substances as a public health matter. The body voted 6–3 in favor of the resolution, which says that the arrest and prosecution of people for possession, use, cultivation for personal use or sharing without compensation should be the lowest law enforcement priority for the city.… Read more.

Ditch Weed for Shrooms? – Israeli Startups Shifiting Gears to Psychedelic Research and Monetization

October 4, 2023 · Cannabis.net

What The Israelis Are Currently Studying In The Psychedelic Field For several decades now, Israel has been a global leader when it comes to scientific marijuana research. It was also Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli chemist, who was responsible for first isolating THC and labeling it as the primary psychoactive compound in the plant back in 1965. Israel is far more advanced compared to any country in the world when it comes to cannabis research, even the US. That’s because the federal government still… Read more.

First Episode Of New Federal Veterans Affairs Podcast Focuses On Psychedelics’ Healing Potential

October 3, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a new podcast last week about the future of veteran health care, and the first episode of the series focuses on the healing potential of psychedelics. Hosted by VA Under Secretary for Health Shereef Elnahal, episode one of the New Horizons in Health podcast featured discussion from two other VA doctors—Ilse Weichers, executive director of the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, and Joshua Woolley, whom the department describes as one… Read more.

California Governor Signs Bills To Let Doctors Prescribe Psilocybin And MDMA If They’re Federally Rescheduled And To Change Marijuana Testing Rules

October 3, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has signed a bill that would allow doctors to immediately start prescribing certain currently illicit drugs like psilocybin and MDMA if they’re federally rescheduled, and he also approved separate legislation to amend THC variance testing requirements for marijuana. The governor signed off on the measures—which are just two of more than a dozen cannabis and drug policy reform proposals on his desk—on Saturday. AB 1021, sponsored by Assemblymembers Buffy Wicks (D), Isaac Bryan (D) and Corey… Read more.

India Carves Out Its Own Lane in the Shroom Boom

October 2, 2023 · High Times

The first mushroom festival in India took place September 15-18 in the verdant and fungally diverse tropical forests of Wayanad in the southern state of Kerala. The inaugural Shroom Sabha attracted mycophiles from all corners of the subcontinent, and struck an acute balance between professionalism and playfulness that brought out the best of each quality.  While the “Shroom Boom” happening in the West has garnered headlines and primetime coverage for the last several years, the mushroom revolution in India has somehow managed… Read more.

Two Amendments Relating to Cannabis, Psychedelic Research Added to Defense Bill

September 30, 2023 · High Times

The House Rules Committee recently cleared two cannabis and psychedelic-related amendments on Sept. 23 to be discussed on the floor. Days later on Sept. 27, the House approved the two amendments—Amendment No. 48 and Amendment No. 137—to be included in H.R. 4365, or the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2024. Amendment No. 48, supported by Texas Reps. Dan Crenshaw and Morgan Luttrell, would provide $15 million Department of Defense funding for psychedelic medical clinical trials. Through a voice vote, it passed with… Read more.

Federal Officials Talk Psychedelics Research Challenges At Workshop Hosted By Top Health Agency

September 29, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

At a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) workshop about psychedelic medicine earlier this month, the director of mental health for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) said she thinks research into psychedelic-assisted therapy needs to more closely resemble real world scenarios. Requiring subjects to have specific diagnoses and pass strict screening protocols, she said, makes it impossible to accurately generalize the effects of such treatment on patients. “There has been great interest in this,” said Rachel Yehuda,… Read more.

Detroit Psychedelic Church Raided by Police

September 28, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Detroit Police last week raided the city’s first “psychedelic church,” operated by Soul Tribes, which offers psilocybin mushrooms as a holy sacrament, the Detroit Metro Times reports. The raid came days after the Metro Times published a cover story about the church.  Owner Shaman Shu believes the raid violates Proposal E, which was approved by voters last year and decriminalized the possession of entheogenic plants and fungi, including psilocybin mushrooms, in the city. The church includes a “sacrament center” which sells dried psilocybin mushrooms,… Read more.

London-Based Psychedelic Startup Incubator Raises $3.3M in Seed Funding

September 20, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

London, England-based psychedelics startup incubator Beckley Waves has raised $3.3 million in seed funding, Axios reports. The firm backs startups focused on therapies, education, and software.  Investors in the raise include the Joe and Sandy Samberg Foundation, Satori Neuro, Evolve Ventures and Foundation, Bridge Builders Collaborative, 1440 Foundation, Austin Hearst, and Asia Agnelli.  Daniel Love, a partner at Beckley, told Axios the company plans to use the funds to launch two companies and “make a handful of strategic investments.” Love added that… Read more.

The $12 Billion Mental Health Crisis Cure? – Psychedelics Poised to Generate Billions in Sales Over the Next Decade

September 18, 2023 · Cannabis.net

New York Firm Predicts Psychedelic Drugs Market Will Generate Over $12B In Next 12 Years The burgeoning interest in psychedelic substances and their potential applications has caught the attention of Research Nester, a New York-based strategic consulting firm. In their latest global market research analysis, they have peered into the future of the psychedelic drugs market, projecting trends and growth prospects through the year 2035. The results of this comprehensive study paint a promising picture, indicating significant expansion in the industry… Read more.

California Assembly Approves Psychedelics Legalization Bill With Amendments, Sending It Back To The Senate For Final Passage

September 7, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

The California Assembly has approved a Senate-passed psychedelics legalization bill, sending it back to the opposite chamber for concurrence on recent amendments before the measure potentially heads to the governor’s desk. The Assembly cleared the legislation from Sen. Scott Wiener (D) in a 42-11 vote on Wednesday—a significant victory for advocates after an earlier version of the psychedelics reform measure that also passed the Senate ultimately stalled out in the Assembly last year. The bill would legalize the possession and… Read more.

California Senate-Passed Psychedelics Legalization And Marijuana Employment Bills Head To Assembly Floor With New Amendments

September 2, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A California Senate-passed bill to legalize the possession and facilitated use of certain psychedelics is officially heading to the Assembly floor after being approved by a third committee in the chamber, albeit with several substantive amendments. The Assembly Appropriations Committee also cleared a separate Senate-passed measure on Friday that would prohibit employers from asking job applicants about prior marijuana use. The panel adopted technical amendments, so it will need to return to the Senate for concurrence before moving to the floor. The… Read more.

Adult Marijuana And Psychedelics Use Now At ‘Historic Highs’ While Teen Consumption Remains Stable, Federally Funded Study Finds

August 18, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

While underage marijuana use has remained stable amid the legalization movement, a new federally funded study shows that adult consumption of cannabis, as well as of psychedelics, reached a “record high” last year. The annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey—which is conducted by the University of Michigan with support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)—found that past-year marijuana use among those aged 19-30 hit 44 percent in 2022, while 28 percent of older adults aged 35-50 said they… Read more.

Magic Mushrooms to Help Quit Your Gambling Addiction? New Medical Study to Launch This Fall

August 15, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Psilocybin therapy's role in addiction treatment is not a recent exploration. Recent studies have notably illuminated the burgeoning potential of this emerging psychedelic therapy. It exhibits promise in aiding individuals contending with substance use disorders, spanning the realms of alcohol and nicotine addiction. These studies underscore the growing interest in harnessing psilocybin's therapeutic effects to address the complex challenges of addiction, potentially opening doors to innovative and effective approaches for those in need. Originating from the appropriately labeled "magic" mushrooms, this compound's extensive… Read more.

Atai Looks To Step Away From Ketamine Study After Posting Positive Results

Atai Life Sciences (NASDAQ: ATAI) announced results from Perception Neuroscience’s Phase 1 intravenous-to-subcutaneous bridging study of PCN-101 (R-ketamine). The small study seemed to deliver positive results, but it also looks as if Atai needs a partner before moving forward with the drug. The study enrolled 16 healthy volunteers, each into one of four sequences of administration. The Phase 1 open-label, 4-period crossover study assessed the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetic profile of 60mg, 90mg and 120mg of PCN-101 delivered subcutaneously as compared to 60mg of… Read more.

Minnesota Psychedelics Task Force Takes Shape, But Key Appointments And First Meeting Delayed

August 8, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A Minnesota government psychedelics task force is being built out to prepare the state for the possible legalization of substances like psilocybin and ibogaine. But even though appointments to the panel are behind schedule and it missed a deadline to hold its first meeting by August 1, the lawmaker who championed its creation says he isn’t worried about the delays. Gov. Tim Walz (D) signed the psychedelics legislation into law in May as part of a broader omnibus health and human services package.… Read more.

Bipartisan Lawmakers Celebrate House Passage Of Veterans Medical Marijuana Access And Psychedelics Research Provisions

July 29, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Bipartisan congressional lawmakers are cheering the passage of marijuana and psychedelics amendments that were included in a spending bill that was approved by the House of Representatives on Thursday. While not every drug policy reform amendment that lawmakers proposed made it in the final legislation covering Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies (MilCon/VA), two key measures did advance. One would allow U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) doctors to issue medical cannabis recommendations to veterans, and the other would encourage research… Read more.

House Approves Veterans Medical Marijuana Access And Psychedelics Research Amendments As Part Of Spending Bill

July 27, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved amendments to a large-scale spending bill that would allow U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) doctors to recommend medical cannabis to military veterans and promote research into substances like psilocybin and MDMA. Just one day after the House Rules Committee made the measures in order for floor consideration, they passed on the floor on Wednesday and are advancing as part of appropriations legislation covering Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies (MilCon/VA). The medical… Read more.

VA And Defense Department Oppose Medical Marijuana For PTSD, But Take Neutral Position On Psychedelics As Research Continues

July 24, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD) are strongly against the use of marijuana for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—but they’re taking a neutral position on psychedelics like psilocybin and LSD, simply saying that more research should be done. In an update to their joint clinical practice guidelines, the departments provided recommendations on a variety of therapeutics used to treat PTSD and acute stress disorder that commonly afflict military veterans. And while many… Read more.

Minneapolis Mayor Issues Executive Order Making Psychedelics The City’s ‘Lowest Law Enforcement Priority’

July 22, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

The mayor of Minneapolis has issued an executive order making the criminalization of possession, use and cultivation of psychedelics the city’s lowest law enforcement priority and generally preventing local resources from being used to aid federal and state actions against the substances. The chief of police says he stands with the mayor and will direct officers accordingly. Mayor Jacob Frey (D) signed the order on Friday, sending a strong message that the city does not consider substances like psilocybin to… Read more.

Fetterman Shows Support For Wiz Khalifa As Rapper Gets ‘Stoned AF’ On Marijuana And Psilocybin To Throw Opening Pitch At MLB Game

July 21, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) tacitly endorsed rapper Wiz Khalifa’s plan to get “stoned af” on marijuana before throwing the ceremonial first pitch at a Pittsburgh Pirates game this week. But the artist’s plans apparently involved cannabis and psilocybin mushrooms. Khalifa first said that he planned to get high before the game on Monday, and Fetterman quoted the tweet with a photo of him holding up his flag that says “It’s 420 Somewhere.” The senator has been known to use flags to promote his… Read more.

Psilouette Founder Derek Chase on Taking Risks in Psilocybin Products

July 21, 2023 · Green Market Report

Chase sees opportunity in the limited enforcement actions by the DEA. The limited legality of most psychedelic products hasn’t stopped some people from trying to get an early advantage. Case in point, Derek Chase founded L.A.-based entheogenic wellness company Psilouette to take advantage of what he called a “lucky period” for the industry. Green Market Report’s Executive Editor Debra Borchardt recently interviewed Chase to get more insight on why now was the time to found the company and where he sees the regulated… Read more.

‘Hallucinogenic’ MUSHROOMS may be to blame for US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, 76, repeatedly bowing to China’s vice premier after she ordered four portions at dinner (but the chef insists they weren’t psychedelic)

July 19, 2023 · Daily Mail

Hallucinogenic mushrooms may be to blame for US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen's cringeworthy bows to China's vice premier after she ordered four portions at dinner three nights before their meeting, sources claim. Jian shou qing mushrooms, which have psychedelic properties if they are not cooked thoroughly, formed part of a traditional dish Yellen polished off at Beijing restaurant Yi Zuo Yi Wang on July 6. The usually stately politician, 76, then came under fire from Republican opponents for bowing to her Chinese counterpart, He Lifeng, three days later… Read more.

GOP Congresswoman Pushes For Psychedelics And Marijuana Research For Veterans In Floor Speech

July 17, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A GOP congresswoman is touting recently released Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance on psychedelics research and calling for additional work to study the therapeutic benefits of marijuana for military veterans. In a speech on the House floor on Wednesday, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) talked about the need to support “novel forms of research” to unlock the potential of psychedelics and cannabis for the treatment of conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that commonly afflict veterans. “As a doctor, former director of… Read more.

New FDA Guidance on Psychedelics Could Open Minds, Funding Sources

July 16, 2023 · Green Market Report

Last month, federal regulators released research guidance for classic psychedelics, marking the first time the government has offered suggestions for studying medicines like LSD, MDMA and psilocybin to treat mental illness. The draft guidance signals a shift in the medical community’s perception of psychedelic medicine—a field that has previously been deemed fringe. Local researchers and biotech companies say it doesn’t impact them much. “In that guidance document, there’s nothing surprising,” said Rob Barrow, chief executive of MindMed, a Midtown-based biotech… Read more.

Bipartisan Lawmakers Celebrate Psychedelics Research Amendment And Say House Speaker Has Committed To Pushing The Issue

July 14, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Bipartisan congressional lawmakers are celebrating the inclusion of a psychedelics research amendment as part of a must-pass defense bill that’s on the House floor—and a GOP congressman says he has the commitment of the House speaker to fight to broaden the scope of the measure in talks with the Senate. At a press conference that took place shortly after the House Rules Committee advanced the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with the psychedelics language that were previously attached in the… Read more.

Bipartisan Lawmakers Push For Marijuana And Psychedelics Amendments To Defense Bill, But Committee Action Is Delayed

July 13, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Bipartisan lawmakers pushed for the adoption of marijuana and psychedelics amendments as part of a large-scale defense bill at a House committee meeting on Tuesday—but the proposals’ fate remains uncertain following complications over unrelated measures being pushed by conservative members. The House Rules Committee did clear 290 largely non-controversial amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for floor votes as the leadership negotiates with House Freedom Caucus members who are demanding adoption of contentious measures on issues like abortion,… Read more.

UC San Diego Researchers Gifted $1.5M to Study Effects of DMT on the Brain

July 13, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The University of California, San Diego Psychedelics and Health Research Initiative has received a $1.5 million gift to study the effects of DMT on the brain. Philanthropist Eugene Jhong gifted the funds to the university for the research. Jon Dean, PhD, a postdoctoral scholar in the UC San Diego Department of Anesthesiology and director of the Division of DMT Research at the UC San Diego Psychedelic Health and Research Initiative, is one of the principal investigators of the study. In… Read more.

Massachusetts Campaign Quietly Takes First Step To Put Psychedelics Reform On The 2024 Ballot

July 11, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Political strategists in Massachusetts have quietly filed paperwork to put a therapeutic psychedelics legalization initiative on the state’s 2024 ballot. The newly formed Massachusetts for Mental Health Options (MMHO) committee submitted initial documents to the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF), signaling their intent to secure ballot placement for the measure, details of which are currently sparse. An organization statement filed last week says that the purpose of the group will be to “expand mental health treatment options… Read more.

Shrooms Legalized Before Weed? – FDA Posts Guidelines for Doing Research on Psychedelics

July 8, 2023 · Cannabis.net

An important step has been taken toward the acceptance and legitimacy of psychedelic therapies with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) release of a ground-breaking draft guidance addressing the special issues investigating psychedelics for therapeutic reasons. This change occurs when municipalities and states nationwide push more for the study and control of drugs like psilocybin and MDMA. The FDA's draft guidance provides researchers with a framework to design clinical trials that yield interpretable results, supporting the development of psychedelic medicines. As the… Read more.

Australia Becomes the First Country in the World to Legalize Psychedelics for Medical Prescriptions

July 8, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Last week, Australia made headlines around the world for being the first country ever that legally allowed MDMA and magic mushrooms to be prescribed by licensed psychiatrists for the treatment of mental health conditions. This is surprisingly good news albeit controversial, considering that medical marijuana laws are still lagging behind Down Under. Psilocybin magic mushrooms and MDMA have both been approved as medications by the Therapeutic Goods Administration; the former for certain kinds of treatment-resistant depression and MDMA for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These regulations became… Read more.

FDA Issues Guidance for Psychedelics Clinical Trials

July 8, 2023 · Cannabis Now

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new draft guidance that highlights key considerations for researchers conducting clinical trials of psychedelic drugs for the treatment of medical conditions. The move, which was announced by the agency on June 23, marks the first time the FDA has issued guidance for investigating psychedelics, including psilocybin, LSD and MDMA, which have shown potential as possible treatments for serious mental health conditions. The guidance “describes basic considerations throughout the drug development process including… Read more.

Bipartisan Lawmakers Applaud FDA For Publishing Psychedelics Research Guidance, As They Requested In New Congressional Bill

July 5, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Bipartisan congressional lawmakers are applauding the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for releasing first-ever draft guidance on psychedelics research—a development that they had requested through a new bill just days before the agency took the step. Reps. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) and Ro Khanna (D-CA) filed the legislation this month. And while FDA didn’t say that its decision to release the guidance was directly responsive to the measure, it’s precisely the action that the first part of the bill… Read more.

Physicians in Australia Can Now Prescribe Psychedelics for PTSD and Depression

July 4, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Physicians in Australia can now prescribe doses of MDMA and psilocybin to patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and hard-to-treat depression, the Associated Press reports. The reforms make Australia the first nation in the world to allow doctors to prescribe psychedelics as medicine.  The move was announced in February but took effect July 1.  Both MDMA and psilocybin have been added to the list of approved medicines by the Therapeutic Goods Administration but will be expensive – about AU$10,000 (US$6,600) per patient for treatment, the report… Read more.

Bipartisan Congressional Lawmakers File Numerous Marijuana And Psychedelics Amendments To Must-Pass Defense Bill

Bipartisan congressional lawmakers are looking to use a must-pass defense bill as a vehicle to advance a number of drug policy reform proposals, including provisions to expand access to medical marijuana for military veterans, facilitate the rescheduling of certain psychedelics and protect people from being denied security clearances over marijuana. More than 1,400 amendments have been filed so far for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). And, as has become tradition, members are hoping that the legislation will be used… Read more.

RFK Jr. Pledges To Legalize Marijuana And Psychedelics, Using Revenue To Fund Farms Where People Recovering From Drug Addiction Can Grow Organic Food

July 1, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a 2024 Democratic presidential candidate, says that he would legalize marijuana and psychedelics if elected to the White House—and he’d tax both substances, using revenue to create “healing centers” where people recovering from drug addiction could learn organic farming as a therapeutic tool. He also voiced support for freeing up banking services for the cannabis industry. The candidate’s position on drug policy reform had been vague around the time he entered the race—but it’s quickly come… Read more.

Is Aaron Rodgers the Face of Psychedelics in America?

June 29, 2023 · Cannabis.net

This week, a psychedelics conference in Denver attracted a diverse gathering of thousands, including podcasters, vendors, startups, and seekers. Javier Hasse of Benzinga was one of the attendees who immersed themselves in a captivating atmosphere, exploring a dimly lit hall adorned with kaleidoscope art. They listened to engaging talks by various speakers, from a former Republican governor to NFL star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. While the Benzinga Psychedelics Conference is the most known and respected psychedelics show in the industry, the MAPS show is a… Read more.

FDA Releases Draft Guidance for Psychedelic Drugs Research

June 29, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released its Draft Guidance for research of psychedelic drugs. The guidance covers psilocybin, LSD, and substances such as MDMA. The guidance mirrors the good practices required by other drug and therapeutic companies, including compliance with the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act and that non-clinical investigations should follow 2010’s Nonclinical Safety Studies for the Conduct of Human Clinical Trials and Marketing Authorization for Pharmaceuticals. The guidance also details which psychedelic drugs would be considered botanical… Read more.

New Jersey Senators Discuss Top Lawmaker’s Psilocybin Legalization Bill In Committee

June 28, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A New Jersey Senate committee held a hearing on Monday to discuss a bill that would legalize the possession, home cultivation and gifting of psilocybin mushrooms for adults 21 and older while also creating a system of licensed businesses to provide access to the psychedelic and related services in supervised settings. The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee took up the legislation from Senate President Nicholas Scutari (D)—hearing testimony from experts and people whose lives have been directly… Read more.

Denver psychedelics conference attracts thousands

June 24, 2023 · WLRN

Crowds are gathering in downtown Denver this week to learn about the future of psychedelics like magic mushrooms and MDMA. The five-day Psychedelic Science 2023 event, attracting medical professionals, politicians, celebrities and practitioners, covers a wide variety of subjects from the business of psychedelics to therapeutic uses for these substances. "We are facing very difficult challenges in mental and behavioral health and we're very excited about the opportunities that psychedelics offer to break cycles of addictions for opioids, to deal… Read more.

Steve Cohen Donates $5M for MDMA’s Push to Go Mainstream

June 24, 2023 · Green Market Report

A significant player in the psychedelics industry has received a $5 million infusion from hedge-fund billionaire and New York Mets owner Steve Cohen and his wife, deepening the couple’s efforts to bring mind-altering therapies into the mainstream. The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation is donating the funds to MAPS, or the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelics Studies, a nonprofit that has pushed for more research on psychedelic drugs since 1986. The organization is engaged in a financially-intensive push to get the… Read more.

Congressional Committee Approves GOP-Led Marijuana ‘Pilot Program’ And Psychedelics Study Amendments To Military Bill

A congressional committee has approved a large-scale defense bill that includes GOP-led provisions to create a medical marijuana “pilot program” and require a study into the therapeutic potential of psychedelics for active duty military members under the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The House Armed Services Committee held a markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Wednesday, approving the legislation with drug policy reform amendments from Reps. Nancy Mace (R-SC) and Morgan Luttrell (R-TX), which were both adopted… Read more.

Colorado Governor Pushes For Mass Psychedelics Pardons At Event That Also Featured Pro-Reform Former GOP Texas Governor

June 23, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) is calling on lawmakers to take steps allowing him to issue mass pardons for people with prior psychedelics convictions as the state prepares to implement regulations for legal use of substances like psilocybin and ibogaine. At a the MAPS Psychedelic Science 2023 conference in Denver on Wednesday, the governor—as well as former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R)—spoke about the therapeutic potential of entheogenic plants and fungi, advocating for legal access. Polis, who recently signed a psychedelics… Read more.

Denver Psychedelic Conference Focuses on Regulatory Processes, Science

June 22, 2023 · Green Market Report

High costs and regulatory hurdles still need to be overcome by psychedelics industry. Business opportunities in the world of psilocybin, MDMA, and other mind-bending substances are still limited, but that doesn’t mean the industry is standing still, as demonstrated by the 12,000 attendees from all over the world at the Psychedelic Science 2023 conference in Denver this week. There were only cursory mentions Wednesday during the conference’s business panels of the burgeoning psilocybin trade that has cropped up in California,… Read more.

Psychedelics for Athletes Goes Mainstream as ESPN and CNN Plan Documentaries on Shrooms

June 20, 2023 · Cannabis.net

ESPN and CNN are both pushing the envelope on psychedelics, with CNN having a new show, called "The Whole Story", with Anderson Cooper, and ESPN focusing on athletes that are finding hope with the use of psychedelics. While NY Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers has openly discussed his psychedelic use, most athletes are just trying them now for medicinal purposes. Let's cut the to the ESPN storyline as the show opens! A boxer was overwhelmed by a sense of brokenness. Each morning greeted… Read more.

Rapper Wyclef Jean Talks Cannabis, Psychedelics And Hip-Hop: ‘They Were Counter-Culture For A Long Time’

June 19, 2023 · Benzinga

“My mind is constantly racing every second, a new thought or a new idea. Sometimes it feels like a million voices at once, but I have learned... cannabis helps calm the voices down and I get more focused,” says the Grammy-winning musician and producer Wyclef Jean in an exclusive interview. The artist shared his thoughts on cannabis, its connection to hip-hop culture and his own journey with the plant during an interview before performing at The Grass Is Greener Gathering in Hadley,… Read more.

‘Magic’ mushroom use by young adults has nearly doubled in three years

June 19, 2023 · AOL

Consumption of “magic” mushrooms and other hallucinogens by young adults nearly doubled over the past three years, a new study has found, illustrating the accelerating pace of America’s “psychedelic revolution” and growing societal acceptance of mind-altering drugs. Researchers found that 6.6 percent of adults from ages 19 to 30 used hallucinogens other than LSD, a category dominated by psilocybin, in 2021, up from 3.4 percent in 2018. LSD use by young adults rose from 3.7 percent to 4.2 percent in… Read more.

Your Take: Black Americans Have a Place in the Psychedelics Industry

June 19, 2023 · Green Market Report

Most North American Blacks say they have little-to-no participation with psychedelics. When I think about Blacks in North America and psychedelics, I have the tendency to consider the past with regards to the awareness, the availability, and the knowledge of this group and their current state of mind on the topic. Believe me, I don’t want to bring up race. I don’t want to think about the unstructured and poverty-stricken environments. I don’t want to think about the mishandling of… Read more.

California Lawmaker Cautions That Senate-Passed Psychedelics Legalization Bill Faces ‘Challenging Road’ In Assembly

June 17, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A California Senate-passed bill to legalize the possession of certain psychedelics and facilitated use of the substances is up against a “challenging road” toward passage in the Assembly, the sponsor said on Wednesday. At a virtual event hosted by the Psychedelic and Entheogen Academic Council (PEAC), Sen. Scott Wiener (D) said that while the reform legislation advanced through his chamber, “it’s not guaranteed to pass” in the Assembly. “But we’re going to try the very best we can,” he said. Part of… Read more.

The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper Investigates “Magic Mushrooms: Can They Change Your Mind?” with CNN’s David Culver

June 16, 2023 · CNN Press Room

The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper, a CNN Original, continues with immersive new reporting from CNN Correspondent David Culver, as he travels to Jamaica to explore the therapeutic benefits of medically supervised consumption of psilocybin, also known as magic mushrooms. “Magic Mushrooms: Can They Change Your Mind?” premieres Sunday, June 18 at 8pm ET/PT. The naturally stunning landscape of Jamaica is the backdrop for a resort that hosts psychedelic retreats, where it is legal to grow and consume magic mushrooms.… Read more.

Magic Mushrooms, $1 Hearing Aids: Medical Marvels Disrupting Healthcare

June 16, 2023 · Newsweek

Medicine may be rooted in science, but it has never been wholly driven by it. The human body and mind are so complex that progress in medicine depends more and more on technology finding better ways of peering into the unknown. Leonardo da Vinci's closely observed drawings gave doctors a better understanding of human anatomy. The discovery of X-rays made it possible to see the structure of the DNA molecule. More recently, progress has come from advances in artificial intelligence… Read more.

PharmAla, Psyched Wellness Raise Funds

June 14, 2023 · Green Market Report

Both companies plan to use some of the proceeds to further their research. While funding for psychedelics companies may be becoming more scarce, at least two firms have managed to successfully initiate rounds recently. PharmAla Psychedelic drug company PharmAla Biotech Holdings Inc.  (CSE: MDMA) (OTC: PMBHF) announced a non-brokered private placement of a minimum 3,333,333 units and a maximum 16,666,666 units of the company at a price of $0.30 per unit for gross proceeds of a minimum of $1 million and a maximum of… Read more.

The smart money in medicine: cannabis and psychedelics come of age

June 13, 2023 · Investing.com

Cannabis and its psychedelic comrades MDMA and psilocybin have come a long way from the street to the clinic in the last decade or so, before which they were regarded as well outside the bounds of mainstream western medicine, to put it mildly. Up until the 1980s, these substances were associated with hippies and the counterculture of the 1960s – turning on, tuning in and dropping out – and advocacy for their benefits was in the hands of eccentric cultural… Read more.

RI House OKs bill to legalize ‘magic mushrooms’ statewide

June 13, 2023 · WPRI

Rhode Island is one step closer to decriminalizing so-called “magic mushrooms” statewide. The House approved legislation Monday that would allow Rhode Islanders to possess up to one ounce of psilocybin or grow magic mushrooms at home for personal use. It would also, contingent on approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), allow psilocybin to be used as a treatment for chronic mental health disorders. “This is a step toward addressing mental health treatment in a modern way based on evidence and… Read more.

Would You Take Weed and Magic Mushrooms Together in One Pill? – Doctors Working at CaaMTech on New Medical Breakthrough

June 7, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Researchers Aim To Combine Psilocybin and Cannabis Into Single Medical Treatment According to a product patent from the renowned marijuana laboratory, CaaMTech, substantial strides have been made in developing a comprehensive treatment that combines cannabinoids and psilocybin for treating both physical and mental health concerns. Located in Issaquah, Washington, less than 20 miles southeast of Seattle, CaaMTech is aggressively researching the interactions between these two chemicals as well as the potential effects on physical and mental health. The initial stages of their enhanced… Read more.

Nevada Lawmakers Pass Bill To Create Psychedelics Working Group, Sending It To Governor

June 5, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

The Nevada legislature has given final approval to a bill to create a new working group to study psychedelics and develop a plan to allow regulated access for therapeutic purposes. It now heads to the governor’s desk. The Assembly passed the measure from Sen. Rochelle Nguyen (D) in a 40-0 vote on Sunday, one day ahead of the scheduled end of the session. This comes days after it cleared the full Senate, as well as an Assembly committee on Friday. There was… Read more.

Researchers combine cannabis and psilocybin for medical treatments

May 30, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Combining cannabinoids with psilocybin into a single formula for treating both physical and mental health issues took another step closer to reality as described in a product patent from a major cannabinoid laboratory, CaaMTech. CaaMTech, based in Issaquah, Washington, less than 20 miles southeast of Seattle, is analyzing how the two substances interact with each other as well as the specific physical and mental health outcomes that can be expected. Their purified psilocybin-cannabinoid product is in the early development stages… Read more.

FDA examines using psychedelics in medicine

May 29, 2023 · ABC 10

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. There are pharmaceutical and natural ways to treat anxiety and depression but there's a recent curiosity surrounding psychedelics. ABC10 Health Expert Dr. Tom Hopkins said many of his patients are inquiring about this. Recently, NFL Quarterback Aaron Rodgers shared his story of how these drugs helped ease his fear of death, Hopkins said. "What we know is if you take something like CBD and cannabis, particularly with THC, it's been used in a variety… Read more.

California Bill to Decriminalize Some Psychedelics Advances Through the Legislature

May 27, 2023 · Lucid News

Supporters of a psychedelic decriminalization bill in California are hopeful that a new version of the legislation, which focuses on plant-based psychedelics, will be more successful than a similar bill which was stalled by legislators last year.  Sponsored by Senator Scott Wiener, SB 58 would decriminalize the possession and use of some psychedelic substances in California. The proposed legislation was passed by the Senate Public Safety Committee on March 21 and will now be sent to the Appropriations Committee. SB 58 would… Read more.

Minnesota Is Forming A Psychedelics Task Force Under Bill Lawmakers Sent To Governor’s Desk

May 23, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

The Minnesota legislature has sent a large-scale health policy bill to the governor that contains provisions to create a psychedelics task force meant to prepare the state for possible legalization. About one month after the House initially passed the omnibus legislation including language similar to a standalone psychedelics measure sponsored by Rep. Andy Smith (D), both chambers passed a bicamerally negotiated conference report on Monday that retains the provisions. It first cleared the Senate in a 34-32 vote. The House followed suit… Read more.

Federal Agency Announces $1.5 Million In Funding For Research On Psychedelics To Treat Drug Addiction

May 18, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A top federal health agency is soliciting proposals for a series of research initiatives meant to explore how psychedelics could be used to treat drug addiction, with plans to provide $1.5 million in funding to support relevant studies. As public interest in the therapeutic potential of psychedelics continues to grow, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) this week published three notices of funding opportunities (NOFOs) for research projects to better understand how drugs like psilocybin and ayahuasca could help… Read more.

Arizona to Invest $5M Into Psilocybin Research

May 16, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs (D) last week signed the state’s $17 billion budget bill into law; the budget includes about $5 million dedicated to whole-mushroom psilocybin research, the Arizona Mirror reports. Renowned medical cannabis and psychedelics researcher and principal investigator at the Scottsdale Research Institute Dr. Sue Sisley — who had pushed for the funding — said the $5 million was a good starting point for medical psilocybin trials. Additionally, the funding’s emphasis on whole mushroom research makes it unique from most other studies… Read more.

ESCAPE SHROOM I have the trippiest job in the world helping stressed executives take magic mushrooms – their reactions are wild

May 14, 2023 · The US Sun

OUR busy lives can lead many to find solutions to stress, such as hobbies and therapy, but this man is one of many beginning to administer a unique solution. Nate Howard is one of the first licensed "shamans" who is helping administer magic mushrooms to help those struggling with PTSD, depression and anxiety. Oregon began issuing licenses this year for those looking to guide others through their "trips", but Nate says the interest in psilocybin is nationwide. Consuming the drug can be… Read more.

Dr. Phil’s ‘Moms on Mushrooms’ episode shows psilocybin is becoming more mainstream: report

May 14, 2023 · Raw Story

A Dr. Phil episode that features mothers touting the benefits of magic mushrooms shows that psilocybin is becoming more mainstream, SFGate reports. “Moms on Mushrooms”: A Growing Trend?, which aired May 4, shows two mothers who claim the use of magic mushrooms has benefited their mental health and made them parents. “I’m not as reactive,” Tracey Tee said. “I think before I speak. I don’t get as upset. ... It just softens everything and allows me to be more present, more present with… Read more.

Connecticut House Passes Psilocybin Decriminalization Bill

May 13, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The Connecticut House on Wednesday approved a measure to decriminalize small quantities of psilocybin mushrooms, CT Examiner reports. Under the proposal, penalties for possessing less than a half ounce of psilocybin mushrooms would be reduced from a misdemeanor with penalties of up to a year in jail to a simple infraction with a $150 penalty for the first offense.  The measure passed the chamber 86-64 with two Republicans backing the plan and 13 Democrats opposing it.   Under current state law, for second offenses courts… Read more.

Legalizing Shrooms – Which States are Moving Fast to Approve Psilocybin Laws?

May 11, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Following voters' narrow approval of a measure on the 2022 November ballot, Colorado became the second state in the U.S. to legalize the use of psychedelic drugs. This decision indicates the increasing acceptance and use of psychedelic substances nationwide. So far, a dozen counties and cities in the U.S. have decriminalized psilocybin or psilocin, two psychedelic compounds found in "magic mushrooms." As we covered at the Benzinga Psychedelics Show in Miami, what states are more being more progressive about LSD, mushrooms, and… Read more.

Creso Pharma Acquires Australian Psychedelic Medicine Company

May 9, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Creso Pharma has signed a deal to acquire 100% of Australia-based Health House International (HHI), which is focused on international distribution of medical cannabis products and possesses a number of licenses to store, distribute, import, and export controlled substances, including psilocybin and MDMA.   In a statement, Creso CEO Willam Lay said HHI “has an enviable set of licenses” that Creso can use to its “immediate benefit, and adds another growing revenue channel to the group.”  Combining Creso Pharma’s revenue and… Read more.

Federal Judge Allows Lawsuit About Religious Use of Hallucinogenic Tea to Move Forward

May 9, 2023 · Green Market Report

Parties exchanged legal barbs over religious freedom and the Controlled Substances Act. A U.S. federal judge ruled that a lawsuit by an Arizona religious group seeking legal approval to use a hallucinogenic tea in its rituals can proceed. The Arizona Yage Assembly claims the federal government seized four shipments of ayahuasca tea, which contains dimethyltryptamine (DMT), from Peru. DMT is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under U.S. law, making it generally illegal to manufacture, distribute, or possess. According… Read more.

Vermont Lawmakers Discuss Plans To Pass Psilocybin Legalization And Psychedelics Work Group Bill Next Year

May 8, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Vermont lawmakers held a committee hearing on Thursday where members discussed legislation to legalize psilocybin and take first steps toward providing regulated access to the psychedelic. Members of the House Judiciary Committee took up H. 371 from Reps. Chip Troiano (D) and Brian Cina (D), who said he’s personally benefitted from using psychedelics. There seemed to be agreement among members about the overall merits of the proposal, but the panel’s chairman said that “we’re not going pass this out this… Read more.