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The Need For 100,000 Psychedelic Facilitators Is Real

LA Weekly, 03 August, 2022

The experts are pretty sure it’s going to take 100,000 psychedelic facilitators for the new industry to provide treatment to the masses.

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Canadian patients fighting for psilocybin access sue federal government

National Post, 02 August, 2022

‘This is the landmark case that is going to legalize psychedelics in Canada’

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Restrictions on Psilocybin ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Are Easing as Research Ramps Up

Scientific American, 01 August, 2022

Here’s how the psychedelic substance’s legal status has been shifting.

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Biden administration plans for legal psychedelic therapies within two years

The Intercept, 27 July, 2022

A letter from the Health and Human Services Department discloses the anticipated FDA approval of MDMA and psilocybin treatments.

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Major health insurer opens door to psychedelic drugs

The Australian, 26 July, 2022

Health insurer says psychedelics’ medicinal potential is ‘extraordinary’ amid growing evidence MDMA and psilocybin can be used to treat some mental illnesses.

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Microdosing: Scientists tackle psychedelic trend becoming ‘creative enhancer of choice’

The Age, 23 July, 2022

Microdosing is a different way of consuming psychedelic medicines, which involves regularly taking small amounts of a psychedelic.

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Biotech Check Up: US FDA approves first clinical trial of naturally derived psychedelic drugs

The Australian, 21 July, 2022

In a groundbreaking development, the US FDA has just approved a clinical trial studying the effects of naturally derived psychedelic medicines.

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Brains, genes and chemical imbalances – how explanations of mental illness affect stigma

The Conversation, 20 July, 2022

For three decades, people have been deluged with information suggesting that depression is caused by a “chemical imbalance” in the brain – namely an imbalance of a brain chemical called serotonin. However, our latest research review shows that the evidence does not support it.

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Psychedelics for mental health treatment

ABC Nightlife, 11 July, 2022

Writer Michael Pollan discusses how psychedelics are being used now and into the future, to successfully treat people with a range of disorders, addictions and mental illnesses.

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Can microdosing psychedelics improve your mental health? Here's what the science says

ABC News, 03 July, 2022

Early results from trials on the therapeutic potential of large doses (macrodosing) of psychedelics have been promising.

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Psychedelics Give a Glimpse of Enlightenment

Psychology Today, 03 July, 2022

Our brains may be filters that are inhibiting us from experiencing reality.

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Mark Turner MLA speaks at the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Mark Turner MLA: Member for Blain , 28 June, 2022

Mark Turner MLA advocates for access to psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies at the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory.

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ACT government agrees to decriminalise small amounts of illicit drugs, such as ice, heroin and cocaine

ABC News, 09 June, 2022

The ACT is set to become the first Australian jurisdiction to decriminalise small amounts of commonly used illicit drugs, such as ice, heroin, cocaine and speed.

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‘As legal as garlic’: High times in Thailand as marijuana is decriminalised

The Sydney Morning Herald, 08 June, 2022

Thailand will on Thursday become the first country in Asia to effectively legalise marijuana in a landmark move its government hopes will supercharge its wellness and tourism industries and generate as much as 10 billion baht ($400 million) per year.

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How psychedelic drugs might treat depression

BBC, 07 June, 2022

Hallucinogenic mushrooms have shown promise for their medical benefits, but we are only now beginning to understand how they might help to treat depression.

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New Study To Evaluate Psilocybin’s Therapeutic Potential On Autistic Adults

Neuroscience News, 04 June, 2022

A new study will explore how psilocybin affects different networks and serotonin function in the brains of autistic adults.

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Psychedelic retreats target stressed-out corporate executives

Australian Financial Review, 02 June, 2022

New businesses are focusing on jurisdictions where drugs such as psilocybin and ketamine are legal, betting they’ll be able to expand when more places decriminalise popular substances.

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‘We spark curiosity’: how the psychedelics industry is taking on Davos

The Guardian, 01 June, 2022

The Psychedelic House of Davos, a satellite event happening in conjunction with the World Economic Forum, was a ‘genius strategy’ to build credibility, say experts.

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A Balm for Psyches Scarred by War

The New York Times, 29 May, 2022

MDMA-assisted treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder “represents real hope for long-term healing,” health experts say.

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Israeli company reveals nasal spray of psychedelic mushrooms

Al-Monitor, 09 May, 2022

Madrigal Mental Care says the spray treats post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and other mental challenges. Some experts believe magic mushrooms have health benefits, though they come with risks.

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COMP360 psilocybin therapy shows potential in exploratory open-label studies for anorexia nervosa and severe treatment-resistant depression

Globe News Wire, 03 May, 2022

Positive early signals seen in two investigator-initiated studies presented at the Society of Biological Psychiatry Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

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Trending Clinical Topic: Psychedelics

MedScape, 22 April, 2022

A new study examined changes in specific neurotransmitter systems and brain regions that may be responsible for various experiences associated with a psychedelic “trip”.

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Australian researchers trialling magic mushroom active ingredient as antidepressant

9 News, 27 April, 2022

Sydney researchers are testing psilocybin as an alternative to antidepressants.

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GoDaddy Billionaire Bob Parsons Believes Psychedelics Can Heal Trauma—And He’s Putting His Money (And Brain) On The Line

Forbes, 17 April, 2022

The Marine infantryman still suffers from PTSD from his tour in Vietnam but credits LSD and MDMA with helping him “come home.” Now he’s on a mission to help other veterans.

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‘Magic mushrooms’ for PTSD therapy? Vets help sway conservatives

LA Times, 16 April, 2022

Matthew Butler spent 27 years in the Army, but it took a day in jail to convince him that his post-traumatic stress disorder was out of control.

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Mushrooms’ magic compound latest hope to relieve depression

The Australian, 12 April, 2022

Early tests show lasting effects of brain ‘rewiring’ following controlled ‘trips’

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Psychedelic frees up depressed brain, study shows

BBC News, 12 April, 2022

Psilocybin appears to free up the brains of people with severe depression in a way that other antidepressants do not, a study has found.

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What the science says about microdosing

Australian Financial Review, 08 April, 2022

Scientists have insight into what happens when someone takes enough psychedelics to experience hallucinogenic effects. But little research has been conducted on the effects of small doses.

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6 terminally ill cancer patients in Canada received doses of the psychoactive substance found in 'magic' mushrooms after authorities eased rules

Business Insider, 07 April, 2022

Six terminally ill cancer patients in Canada received the country’s first legally produced psilocybin under new rules about access to the substance.

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Psychedelics may ease cancer patients’ depression, anxiety

Washington Post, 02 April, 2022

Evidence indicates that psychedelics could reduce the end-of-life anxiety that many cancer patients experience.

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The Next Big Addiction Treatment

New York Times, 31 March, 2022

Psilocybin combined with therapy is emerging as one of the most effective psychedelic therapies.

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Why microdosing is gaining momentum in Australia

Australian Financial Review, 24 March, 2022

Microdosing psychedelic drugs has been a trend in Silicon Valley that’s taking off here. But does a micro trip help you make better decisions at work?

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LSD, a future anti-anxiety pill?

McGill University Health Centre, 18 March, 2022

A study conducted by Gabriella Gobbi, MD, Professor and Head of the Neurobiological Psychiatry Unit in the Department of Psychiatry, and her team demonstrates for the first time that regular administration of low doses of LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) reduces anxiety symptoms through neurobiological mechanisms that are similar to those of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

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Johns Hopkins, Yale, and NYU are teaming up to tackle a key bottleneck that will arise as psychedelics come to market

Business Insider, 11 March, 2022

As psychedelics treatments move closer to regulatory approval, there’s an issue looming in the industry: the lack of trained professionals who can handle such powerful compounds.

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MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD could save the health care system millions of dollars, study suggests

PsyPost, 11 March, 2022

New research provides evidence that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy can improve and extend lives of patients with chronic and severe post-traumatic stress disorder while also reducing healthcare costs.

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Oklahoma House Passes Psilocybin Decriminalization Bill

Psychedelics Spotlight, 09 March, 2022

On Monday, the state’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, 62-30, to pass House Bill 3414, introduced by Rep. Daniel Pae (R).

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4 Signs the Psychedelics Movement Is Unstoppable

Psychedelics Spotlight, 28 February, 2022

Dr. Nora Volkow, the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said earlier this year that the psychedelics “train has left the station,” and here are four big reasons to agree wholeheartedly.

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Psilocybin Treatment for Major Depression Effective for up to a Year for Most Patients

Neuroscience News, 15 February, 2022

The antidepressant effect of psilocybin-assisted therapy, in combination with psychotherapy, appears to provide up to a year of symptom relief for some patients with major depressive disorder.

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Two doses of psilocybin may ease depression symptoms for up to 12 months

News Medical, 15 February, 2022

Previous studies by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers showed that psychedelic treatment with psilocybin relieved major depressive disorder symptoms in adults for up to a month. Now, in a follow-up study of those participants, the researchers report that the substantial antidepressant effects of psilocybin-assisted therapy, given with supportive psychotherapy, may last at least a year for some patients.

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Plant-based Medicines

Colorado General Assembly, 10 February, 2022

Concerning establishing a policy review panel to study plant-based medicines to support mental health.

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Psychedelics and the Future of Psychiatry

Psychiatric Times, 09 February, 2022

Over the past several years, we have witnessed a psychedelic renaissance, and a growing body of evidence suggests that several psychedelic compounds hold strong therapeutic potential for a wide array of mental health conditions.

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Psychedelic therapy shows great promise. More states should legalise it

The Economist, 29 January, 2022

Oregon’s trailblazing sets a fine example.

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Sensible policy on psychedelic drugs is growing more common

The Economist, 29 January, 2022

They show tremendous potential in treating certain mental health disorders.

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Or listen to the topic being discussed on The Economist Podcast.

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The Future of Psychedelic Medicine Will Be Drugs You’ve Never Heard Of

VICE, 25 January, 2022

Scientists are designing new psychedelic-inspired drugs that don’t yet exist, which might have effects no one can yet describe.

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Ketamine for the treatment of alcoholism

Blossom Analysis, 24 January, 2022

Psychedelics are poised to be both viable and effective treatment options for many people living with mental disorders whom conventional treatments have failed. One of these disorders is substance use disorder (SUD), commonly known as addiction.

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Psychedelics Offer New Route to Recovery from Eating Disorders

Neo.Life, 01 February, 2022

Psilocybin, MDMA, and ketamine can lead to a new sense of self and a release from rigid rules for people with anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder.

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How 2021 became the year of psychedelics – and why 2022 is set to be even bigger

Canex, 20 January, 2022

It’s no secret that psychedelics are on the comeback trail, with a record number of trials and total investment in the hundreds of millions of dollars in 2021 alone.

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How magic mushrooms changed my life

Financial Review (AFR), 19 January, 2022

So, can psilocybin really help those with depression? I was skeptical, but the retreat changed my mind.

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Health Canada’s New SAP Rules: A Q&A With Numinus’ Payton Nyquvest

Psychedelic Stock Watch, 10 January, 2022

In 2020, Health Canada began tentative steps to open up legal access to psychedelics-based therapies via “exemptions” granted through its Special Access Program (SAP).

Details from the program can be found here.

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$14.8 million for innovative mental health clinical trials

Health.gov.au, 07 January, 2022

Seven clinical trials testing the use of potential breakthrough combination therapies to treat debilitating mental illnesses will receive a total of almost $15 million from the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

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Therapists hail 'legalization' of medicinal psychedelic drugs

Calgary Herald, 07 January, 2022

Local therapists say Ottawa’s move allowing physicians to prescribe psychedelics is a “seismic shift” towards legalizing their medicinal use.

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Canada Opens New Legal Pathways For Access To Psychedelics Treatment With Psilocybin And MDMA

Benzinga, 05 January, 2022

In a groundbreaking decision, the Canadian government is changing the way patients can access psychedelic therapies with restricted drugs, including MDMA and psilocybin.

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Depression and Grief Wrecked a Man's Life—Until He Took Magic Mushroom Ingredient

Newsweek, 26 December, 2021

Five years after taking part in a clinical trial, Kirk Rutter, spoke to Newsweek about his experiences of the trial and its impact on his mental health.

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New center to study psychedelics pops up at University of Texas at Austin

My Sanantonio, 20 December, 2021

The Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin is launching the Center for Psychedelic Research and Therapy, the first-of-its-kind center dedicated to the research of drugs such as psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca, MDMA, and ibogaine.

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New Filing Challenges Compass Pathways’ Infamous Patent on Synthetic Psilocybin

VICE, 16 December, 2021

The non-profit Freedom to Operate used research from chemists and crystallographers to argue in a legal filing that Compass’ form of synthetic psilocybin is not a new invention.

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Exclusive: Three Canadians with mental health conditions receive legal access to psilocybin mushrooms

The Growth Op, 13 December, 2021

Three Canadians struggling with mental health conditions have received exemptions to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act from the federal Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos.

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'This isn’t the 60s again’: psychedelics business takes off amid culture clash

The Guardian, 12 December, 2021

Experts fear if psychedelics fall exclusively into the hands of big pharma the industry will follow the same path as legal marijuana, making the rich richer.

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Psychedelics for mental illness

ABC All in the Mind, 12 December, 2021

Major trials are bringing us a step closer to seeing psychedelic substances used in therapy practice for PTSD, anxiety and depression. On this episode of All in the Mind, we take a look at where the research is currently at with our Ambassadors Dr Rick Doblin and Professor David Nutt.

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Psychedelics can change humanity for the better. It’s time to unlock their power

The Guardian, 26 November, 2021

Founder and Executive Director at MAPS and an Ambassador for Mind Medicine Australia, Dr Rick Doblin (USA) is at the heart of the psychedelic movement. In this article he shares some of his findings and progress.

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Doctor takes bid to treat patient with MDMA to court, in first case of its kind in Australia

ABC News, 12 November, 2021

There’s growing interest in the use of psychedelic medicine in the treatment of complex mental health disorders like depression and PTSD.

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New research brings psychedelic drugs a step closer to medical use

ABC: RN Breakfast with Fran Kelly, 10 November, 2021

There’s growing interest in the use of psychedelic medicine in the treatment of complex mental health disorders like depression and PTSD.

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Monash presses go on psychedelics to tackle ‘mental health tsunami’

The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 November, 2021

Monash University has set its sights on capturing a slice of the multibillion dollar psychedelic medicines market, with the launch of a drug development centre for new psychiatric treatments, including those using MDMA and psilocybin.

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Major announcement: COMPASS Pathways announces positive topline results from groundbreaking phase IIb trial of investigational COMP360 psilocybin therapy for treatment-resistant depression

Globenewswire, 09 November, 2021

Largest randomised, controlled, double-blind psilocybin therapy study ever completed shows rapid and sustained response for patients receiving a single dose of COMP360 psilocybin with psychological support.

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Will the magic of psychedelics transform psychiatry?

The Guardian, 07 November, 2021

Imagine a medicine that could help people process disturbing memories, sparking behavioural changes rather than merely burying and suppressing symptoms and trauma.

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New research shows how psychedelic medicines can help people with PTSD

Today.com, 05 November, 2021

TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie spoke to two patients whose lives have been changed by the therapy.

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World-first trial of psilocybin therapy for anxiety disorders to begin in Australia

Happymag, 01 November, 2021

Incannex Healthcare, in partnership with Monash University, has obtained ethics approval to begin the first-ever clinical trial investigating the effects of psilocybin assisted psychotherapy to treat generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).

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Johns Hopkins Receives $4M From NIH To Study Psilocybin As Tool To Quit Smoking

Ganjapreneur, 22 October, 2021

Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Medicine announced that the National Institutes of Health will provide nearly $4 million to help researchers study how psilocybin can affect tobacco addiction.

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DEA Wants Way More Cannabis & Psychedelics for Research In 2022

Ganjapreneur, 18 October, 2021

The DEA has proposed massively increasing the production of research-grade cannabis and psychedelics like LSD, psilocybin, and MDMA next year.

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Psychedelic research renaissance: The urgent quest for new mental health medicines

Lens Monash, 15 October, 2021

“There’s been a resurgence in research and interest in psychedelic medicine over the past two decades, and particularly so over the past five years,” says Dr Liknaitzky.

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Could mushrooms, molly and acid be the new wave of mental health care?

NBC News, 13 October, 2021

Doctors are looking into psychedelics to possibly reduce anxiety and depression. NBC News’ Maya Eaglin reports on the new wave of mental health care.

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National anxiety crisis worsens

The Australian, 03 October, 2021

Australians are reporting depression, anxiety and stress at higher rates than the same time last year, with four in five experiencing poor mental health, and children and young people the most seriously affected, as pandemic uncertainty and lockdowns continue to take a toll.

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Psychedelic biotech Psylo raises first funds

The Australian, 01 October, 2021

There’s a growing pool of funds being invested in psychedelic research.

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Psychedelics might reduce internalized shame and complex trauma symptoms in those with a history of childhood abuse

Psypost.org, 30 September, 2021

The use of psychedelic medicines is associated with lower levels of complex posttraumatic stress symptoms and internalized shame in adults who suffered maltreatment in childhood, according to new research published in the journal Chronic Stress.

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Magic Mushrooms May Be the Biggest Advance in Treating Depression Since Prozac

Newsweek, 22 September, 2021

Psilocybin could be the biggest advance since Prozac.

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Small pharma successfully completes phase 1 clinical trial of DMT in combination with supportive psychotherapy

Smallpharma.co.uk, 21 September, 2021

Small Pharma’s DMT-assisted therapy (SPL026) demonstrated to be well-tolerated and safe in psychedelic naïve volunteers.

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Medicinal cannabis company Little Green Pharma gets green light for psychedelic drug production

ABC News, 10 September, 2021

A WA-based medicinal cannabis company has been given regulatory approval to produce psilocybin, a hallucinogenic substance found in magic mushrooms, to supply for medical research.

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The worldview-changing drugs poised to go mainstream

BBC, 07 September, 2021

Our Ambassador Dr Rick Doblin (USA) is featured in this article by the BBC: The worldview-changing drugs poised to go mainstream.

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Suicide line records highest number of calls in history

The Australian, 20 August, 2021

Australia’s biggest suicide support line has recorded the most calls for help it has ever received in one day, amid concerns about long-term mental health consequences of Covid-19 restrictions.

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