An Introduction to the Psychedelic Renaissance
40% of American adults report struggling with mental health or substance abuse disorders. Psychedelics may provide solutions to the global mental health and wellbeing crisis.
After decades of repression, psychedelic research is thriving.
Decriminalisation and legalisation campaigns are succeeding.
In 2020 the U.S. state of Oregon voted to decriminalise psychedelics and legalise Psilocybin Therapy. Washington, D.C., home of the White House, also decriminalised psychedelics, with many other states and localities poised to follow suit and nascent discussions at the federal level. Canada’s Health Minister has granted exemptions to allow access to psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy, setting precedent for future efforts to expand access.
Significant clinical trial milestones on the horizon.
In a Phase 3 MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD trial that published in 2021, 88% of participants responded to the treatment. The trial’s sponsor, MAPS, expects to submit a New Drug Application to the FDA this year, with a potential approval in 2024.. Multiple trials of psilocybin for depression are in Phase 2, with one Phase 3 program underway, and are indicating preliminary safety and efficacy.
Psychedelics have the potential to address depression anxiety addiction PTSD chronic pain
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The Psychedelic Renaissance in Context
Today’s psychedelic renaissance benefits from a rich legacy of psychedelic research and usage dating back to pre-historic times.
The extensive psychedelic research and experimentation of the 1950s and ’60s represents a significant endowment, with today’s researchers taking up the torch.
Albert Hofmann intentionally ingests LSD, experiencing the effects while cycling home. “Bicycle Day” is coined.
mid 1960s – 1971
Psychedelics criminalised, with Nixon declaring a War on Drugs in 1971 and a UN Convention following suit.
Psychedelic iconography, such as mushrooms, appear in etched murals dating 10,000 BCE.
1950s and ’60s
Fertile decades for psychedelics research and experimentation, particularly in the U.S.
Psychedelic renaissance emerges, with a return to human studies of psychedelics and decriminalisation campaigns.
Our Latest Analysis
Psychedelic Bulletin #137: Oregon Approves First Psilocybin Service Centre; AMA Approves Psychedelic CPT Code; MindMed Seeks to Fend Off Proxy Contest
This week: we take a look at EPIC Healing Eugene, the United States’ first licensed psilocybin service centre; the AMA approves a CPT III code for psychedelic therapy; ketamine administered under anaesthesia shows no effect on depression vs. placebo; and lots more…
Psychedelic Bulletin #136: MindMed Collaborators Share Topline LSD for MDD Results; Oregon Issues Psilocybin Licences; UK Parliament to Discuss Psilocybin Rescheduling
This week: Liechti Lab shares topline data from an LSD for MDD study; Oregon Psilocybin Services issues every class of licence, except service centres; UK parliament is set to debate psilocybin’s schedule in mid-May; and lots more…
Psychedelic Bulletin #135: A Misguided MDMA Price-Fixing Effort; Psilocybin Study’s Lukewarm Results; Dutch Government Forms MDMA Commission; Trouble at Empyrean?
This week: we look a little closer at a Mass. bill that proposes a price cap on MDMA therapy; Empyrean Neuroscience loses C-suite members; Yale psilocybin study suggests complex role of expectancy; and lots more…
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