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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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TGA appoints Independent Expert Panel on MDMA and psilocybin

TGA, 05 August, 2021

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Scheduling Delegate (decision maker) has deferred the final decision on applications to down-schedule MDMA and psilocybin from schedule 9 (prohibited drug) to schedule 8 (controlled drug) pending a review into the therapeutic value, risks and benefits to public health outcomes for these substances. The Independent Expert Panel to undertake this review has now been established.

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Canadians Overwhelmingly Support Legal Access to Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy, Poll Reveals

Psilocybin Alpha, 04 August, 2021

A new poll, commissioned by the Canadian Psychedelic Association, has highlighted widespread support for legal access to psilocybin-assisted therapy among Canadians.

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New Yale Study Shows Psilocybin Spurs Growth of Neural Connections Lost in Depression

Microdose.buzz, 03 August, 2021

A new study conducted by researchers at Yale University showed psilocybin can facilitate the regrowth of neurons lost in depression.

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Just One Dose of Magic Mushroom Compound Regrows Lost Brain Connections in Mice

Science Alert, 06 July, 2021

Psilocybin, the active psychedelic compound, has some curious effects on the human brain.

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Psychedelic IPOs build momentum as Atai Life Sciences goes public

PitchBook, 18 June, 2021

Making its Wall Street debut, Peter Thiel-backed Atai Life Sciences has become the third biotech company focused on psychedelic treatment for mental health disorders to list on a major US stock exchange.

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My team’s research shows magic mushrooms treat depression, but undoing the stigma will be a bigger challenge

iNews, 03 June, 2021

Bringing psychedelic therapy into mainstream treatment will present some major challenges.

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Magic mushroom microdosing: Kiwis call for 'life-saving' treatment to be legalised | Newshub Nation

Newshub, 01 June, 2021

Everyday Kiwis with devastating illnesses are turning to small doses of psychedelic medicines to find relief and are calling for a ‘life-saving’ treatment to be made legal for medical purposes.

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Ketamine a game changer in treating eating disorders

Toronto Sun, 29 May, 2021

Ketamine, MDMA and psilocybin are proving useful with treatment-resistant mental illnesses, including eating disorders.

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Magic mushroom microdosing: Sick Kiwis call for 'life-saving' Class-A drug to be legalised

Newshub, 29 May, 2021

Every day Kiwis with devastating illnesses are turning to small doses of psychedelics to find relief and are calling for what they call a ‘life-saving’ treatment to be made legal for medical purposes.

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Algernon Pharmaceuticals Highlights New Animal Study Showing Effectiveness of Psychedelic Drug DMT in Treatment of Stroke

Globe News Wire, 27 May, 2021

Algernon recently established a clinical research program for the treatment of stroke focused on DMT.

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Could the ‘spirit molecule’ be a treatment option for stroke?

Vancouver Sun, 25 May, 2021

Researchers have spent decades and billions of dollars unsuccessfully searching for novel treatments for stroke. Now a Vancouver-based company is putting a unique hypothesis to the test.

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Who’s in Charge of Psilocybin?

Chacruna, 10 May, 2021

From clinicians and investors to Indigenous groups and activists, debate is raging over whether psychedelics are spiritual tools, new psychiatric drugs, medicines for social change, or all of the above.

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Psychedelic medicine is about to blow up

Fast Company, 11 May, 2021

New clinical data shows that MDMA-assisted therapy can have a significant impact on PTSD, paving the way for FDA approval and commercialization.

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The Psychedelic Revolution Is Coming. Psychiatry May Never Be the Same.

The New York Times, 09 May, 2021

Psilocybin and MDMA are poised to be the hottest new therapeutics since Prozac. Universities want in, and so does Wall Street. Some worry a push to loosen access could bring unintended consequences.

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Legalise 'magic mushrooms' to help cure depression, says London scientist

My London, 06 May, 2021

The director of a pioneering psychedelic research centre on the benefits and limitations of psychedelics for depression.

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A Psychedelic Drug Passes a Big Test for PTSD Treatment

The New York Times, 03 May, 2021

A new study shows that MDMA can bring relief when paired with talk therapy to those with severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

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MAPS’ Phase 3 Trial of MDMA-Assisted Therapy for PTSD Achieves Successful Results for Patients with Severe, Chronic PTSD

Maps.org, 03 May, 2021

The first Phase 3 trial of MDMA-assisted therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) replicated and expanded on Phase 2 results indicating MDMA-assisted therapy may be an effective and cost-saving treatment for PTSD resulting from any cause.

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There Is a Lot of Fungus Among Us

The New York Times, 24 April, 2021

Coffee for immune support. Supplements for inflammation. And psychedelics promising relief from serious ailments. Mushrooms are everywhere, and investors are paying attention.

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Massachusetts General Hospital Launches Center to Study Neuroscience of Psychedelics

The Crimson, 23 April, 2021

Massachusetts General Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, launched a new center to study the clinical benefits of psychedelics in treating mental illness.

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Psychedelics are transforming the way we understand depression and its treatment

The Guardian, 20 April, 2021

Psychiatry has long failed to explain depression. Our research into psilocybin suggests a new approach could offer answers.

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Psilocybin least as good as antidepressant in UK study

Reuters, 15 April, 2021

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, psilocybin could be as effective as a leading antidepressant—and while more research is still required, the study’s lead author says the results should give people hope for functional alternatives to SSRIs.

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New $6.4M research program to advance psychedelics research and treatments

Eurek Alert, 30 March, 2021

Psychedelics research in support of brain health is getting a major boost this month with the formation of the Neuroscape Psychedelics Division at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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Suing the DEA for Access to Psilocybin

Mushroom Revival, 24 March, 2021

A Seattle based doctor, Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, has filed a lawsuit against the DEA for denying him permission to use psilocybin therapy in his palliative care.

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Psychedelic for meth users: Sydney trial aims to conquer addiction

Sydney Morning Herald, 22 March, 2021

A world-first clinical trial in Sydney aims to find out if giving psychedelics to people who use methamphetamines can help conquer their addiction.

Researchers at St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst will use psilocybin to turbocharge therapy for patients dependent on “meth” or “ice”.

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Can Magic Mushrooms Heal Us?

The New York Times, 18 March, 2021

A very promising mental health experiment is taking shape in Oregon.

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‘Better treatments’: Government to fund psychedelic drugs trials to treat mental illness

Sydney Morning Herald, 17 March, 2021

Clinical trials using magic mushrooms, ecstasy and other psychedelic drugs in potential breakthrough therapies for debilitating mental illnesses will be funded by the Australian federal government as part of global efforts to advance innovative treatments. The Morrison government launched a $15 million competitive grant round to kick-start Australian clinical trials of potential breakthrough combination therapies.

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Psychedelic therapy could 'reset' depressed brain

BBC News, 16 March, 2021

A powerful hallucinogenic medicine known for its part in shamanic rituals is being trialled as a potential cure for depression for the first time.

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New Legion Veterans Village in Surrey will include centre to research medical psychedelics

Small Caps, 13 March, 2021

Surrey will soon be home to a research centre that brings together experts in medical cannabis and psychedelics to help people with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Creso Pharma Acquisition of Psychedelic Company Halucenex Life Sciences Inc.

Vancouver Sun, 15 March, 2021

Creso Pharma (ASX: CPH) has announced a transformational move to evolve from a medical cannabis company to an integrated natural medicines provider with the acquisition of Canadian psychedelics company, Halucenex Life Sciences Inc.

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How psilocybin eased my cancer suffering

Herald Sun, 09 March, 2021

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Suicide warning over denied drugs

The Australian, 09 March, 2021

Delaying mental practitioners access to psilocybin and MDMA could result in a spike in suicides amid an ongoing national mental health crisis, according to advocates for psychedelic-assisted therapy.

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Greens MP hopes Canberra will be the first to introduce psychedelic assisted therapy

The Canberra Times, 07 March, 2021

ACT Greens’ MLA Johnathan Davis wants Canberra to be the first jurisdiction to provide an accessible path for psychiatrists to prescribe psychedelic-assisted therapy to patients experiencing serious mental concerns.

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NYU is Launching a Center for Psychedelic Medicine

Freethink, 07 March, 2021

NYU’s Langone Health joins the research renaissance.

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Study Reveals More People are Using Psychedelics to Self-Treat Mental Health

Vice, 05 March, 2021

The use of psychedelic medicines as an underground self-treatment for mental health conditions is on the rise, according to the world’s largest drug survey, with thousands of people turning to substances like LSD, MDMA, psilocybin and ketamine to treat psychiatric illnesses and emotional distress.

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Why the TGA should down-schedule psilocybin and MDMA

Honi Soit, 26 February, 2021

The Therapeutic Goods Administration should lead the way in destigmatising psychedelics.

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Demand for illegal drugs in therapy

The Australian, 21 February, 2021

After an interim decision by the health regulator rejected an application to make psilocybin and MDMA more accessible for psychiatrists to treat mental illness, patients are increasingly turning to illicit treatments.

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Proposed California Law Would Legalize Magic Mushrooms, MDMA, LSD, And Other Psychedelic Drugs

Forbes, 18 February, 2021

A proposal that would allow the possession, cultivation, use, and “sharing” of most psychedelic medicines in California was formally introduced in the state Legislature on Thursday.

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2021 Time100 Next: Robin Carhart-Harris

Time, 17 February, 2021

Can psychedelic drugs treat depression? That’s the promise of findings from Robin Carhart-Harris, whose research is advancing a once fringe idea.

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MDMA proves a promising alcoholism treatment in world-first trial

New Atlas, 21 February, 2021

A new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology is reporting on a landmark clinical trial exploring the potential for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in treating subjects with alcohol use disorder.

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Young people’s despair over coronavirus deepens as crisis drags on

SMH, 15 February, 2021

With curfews, closures and lockdowns in European countries set to drag into the northern spring or even the summer, mental health professionals are growing increasingly alarmed about the deteriorating mental state of young people, who they say have been among the most badly affected by a world with a foreshortened sense of the future.

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Trips out: regulator says no to ‘shrooms as treatment for mental illness

MSN, 10 February, 2021

In an interim decision published last week, the regulator refused to reschedule psilocybin and MDMA as controlled medical substances, a classification which would allow doctors to more easily prescribe them for treatment.

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Psychedelic drug memo sparks uproar

The Australian, 09 February, 2021

The peak body for psychiatrists has been savaged by its own members for a “pitiful” clinical memorandum, which lay behind the health regulator’s preliminary decision not to reclassify psychedelic medicines.

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Stroke victims to be given psychedelic drug DMT in groundbreaking study

Metro, 04 February, 2021

Psychedelic medicine DMT could help stroke victims recover by rewiring their brains faster, according to the first clinical trial of its kind.

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Psychedelics as Antidepressants

Scientific American, 30 January, 2021

The treatments of the future may arise from a long-stigmatized class of medicines.

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How ecstasy and psilocybin are shaking up psychiatry

Nature, 27 January, 2021

Regulators will soon grapple with how to safely administer powerful psychedelics for treating depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Ketamine to treat depression and addiction at UK’s first medical psychedelic psychotherapy clinic

iNews, 25 January, 2021

The medicine is to be used by Awakn Life Sciences when its centre opens in Bristol in March, explains its chief medical officer Dr Ben Sessa.

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Unique magic mushroom microdosing study to begin in Australia

New Atlas, 20 January, 2021

A novel Australian trial is set to investigate the popular yet still deeply unproven practice of microdosing psychedelics. The research promises to be the first exploration of naturalistic psilocybin microdosing in a lab-setting using a cutting-edge neuroimaging technique and a unique kind of trial protocol.

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EXCLUSIVE: Florida Lawmaker Introducing Psilocybin Mushroom Legalization

Forbes, 15 January, 2021

A Florida state lawmaker plans to introduce as soon as next week a bill that would legalize psilocybin-assisted therapy in the state.

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Peter Thiel-backed psychedelics start-up targets schizophrenia ahead of IPO

CNBC, 15 January, 2021

Headquartered in Berlin, ATAI is aiming to make psychedelic medicines that can be used to treat mental health disorders. Recognify, meanwhile, is specifically aiming to make a medicine that can be used to treat the cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia, or CIAS.

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Talking Music, Ceremony and Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy with Tania de Jong AM

Rune Soup, 13 January, 2021

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Mount Sinai Health System Launches Center for Psychedelic Research

Psychedelic Finance, 08 January, 2021

New York, Ny (January 07, 2021) The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has launched a new center for psychedelics research. The Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma Research pursues a multipronged clinical and research approach to discovering novel and more efficacious therapies for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and other stress-related conditions in the veteran and civilian population.

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COMPASS Pathways establishes Centre of Excellence with Sheppard Pratt to accelerate research and improve patient experience in mental health care

Globe News Wire, 08 January, 2021

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Why Investors Are Psyched About Psychedelic Stocks

Visual Capitalist, 07 January, 2021

Psychedelic stocks are trading like biotechnology companies these days. The prospect of promising research has pushed valuations upwards.

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Big pharma is about to tune in to the potential of psychedelics

Wired, 01 January, 2021

Mainstream mental-health care will embrace alternative active substances such as psilocybin.

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Why Canada Could Be Next To Allow Psychedelic Therapy (And How It’s Already Changing Lives)

Forbes, 30 December, 2020

Now, as a handful of patients and more recently doctors and therapists have been granted exemptions to use psilocybin, the nation’s federal health agency is considering making changes to existing policies that could open the door to much more than magic mushrooms.

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Psychedelic drug DMT to be trialled in UK to treat depression

The Guardian, 10 December, 2020

Exclusive: UK regulators give go-ahead for drug to be trialled ahead of possible treatment alongside psychotherapy.

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New Compound Related to Psychedelic Ibogaine Could Treat Addiction, Depression

UC Davis, 09 December, 2020

A non-hallucinogenic version of the psychedelic drug ibogaine, with potential for treating addiction, depression and other psychiatric disorders, has been developed by researchers at the University of California, Davis. A paper describing the work is published Dec. 9 in Nature.

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Health care professionals okayed to use magic mushrooms for training in psilocybin therapy

Now Toronto, 09 December, 2020

Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and nurses are among 17 health care professionals granted the exemption by Health Canada this week.

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Can the active ingredient in magic mushrooms help treat anxiety? Researchers want to know.

The Age, 08 December, 2020

Australia is embarking on one of the world’s largest studies into the use of psychedelic drugs for mental health, with Melbourne researchers preparing to launch a world-first clinical trial investigating whether psilocybin – the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms” – can help treat people suffering severe persistent anxiety.

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Silo Pharma Plans Phase 2B Trial Testing Low-dose Psychedelics in Parkinson’s

Parkinson's News Today, 04 December, 2020

Silo Pharma is collaborating with Maastricht University on a Phase 2b clinical trial to investigate the effects of low-dose psychedelics on cognitive and emotional dysfunction in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

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United Nations approves WHO recommendation to reschedule cannabis in historic vote

Marijuana Business Daily, 02 December, 2020

The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) accepted a World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.

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Psilocybin Treatment for Mental Health Gets Legal Framework

Scientific American, 01 December, 2020

Oregon became the first state to legalize therapeutic use of the drug, as new research affirms its benefits for treating depression.

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'The war on drugs failed': California lawmaker will push to decriminalise psychedelics

The Guardian, 20 November, 2020

A California lawmaker has announced he will take on the arduous battle to decriminalize psychedelics in the state, citing Oregon, which voted to decriminalize hard drugs and legalize psilocybin, and the District of Columbia, which has decriminalized psychedelics, as inspiration.

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Jewish psychedelics advocate working to turn drug into legal medicine

The Jerusalem Post, 20 November, 2020

In the United States, research on these chemicals has been banned since the 1960s because, in the government’s judgment, they have no recognized medical value.

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Psilocybin for Depression Study Approved and Funded by German Government

Psilocybin Alpha, 19 November, 2020

The German Government has approved a Phase 2b study on psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression, and is providing millions of Euros to this latest psychedelic research project.

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Canada Is Allowing People With Depression to Do Psychedelic Mushrooms

Vice World News, 17 November, 2020

The Canadian government is allowing patients who are not terminally ill to legally consume psychedelic mushrooms.

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What the U.S. Military’s $27M investment in psychedelic drugs could mean for veterans with PTSD

The Dales Report, 11 November, 2020

The U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has invested nearly USD $27 million into a team of researchers led by professor of pharmacology Dr. Bryan L. Roth at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

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Washington, DC, just decriminalized psychedelic plants. Here’s what happens next

Leafly, 04 November, 2020

Residents of the nation’s capital just took a step toward more liberal use of hallucinogens, in response to a groundswell of interest in new drugs for medical maladies.

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Oregon becomes first state to legalize magic mushrooms as more states ease drug laws in ‘psychedelic renaissance’

CNBC, 04 November, 2020

Oregon on Wednesday became the first state to legalize the active ingredient in so-called magic mushrooms on an election night that saw more states ease restrictions on drugs across the country.

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Oregon Measure 109, Psilocybin Mushroom Services Program Initiative (2020)

Ballotpedia, 03 November, 2020

Oregon Measure 109, the Psilocybin Program Initiative was on the ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute on November 3, 2020. It was approved. Learn more here.

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