Weekly Psychedelic News – Week 2, 2023

The year started with many exciting news. More people started talking about the benefits of psychedelic treatment and the need of its legalization. Here are the biggest news on psychedelics this week.

Magic mushroom chemical helps teacher quit drinking

Dr Keith Heinzerling speaks with Melanie Senn before a psilocybin session at the Pacific Neuroscience Institute.
Dr Keith Heinzerling speaks with Melanie Senn before a psilocybin session at the Pacific Neuroscience Institute. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Source: scmp.com

In a recent case in Pacific Neuroscience Institute, Santa Monica, California, the subject was treated with a a psilocybin session which helped her get rid of alcohol addiction.

Concerned with the history of alcoholism in the family she signed up for for the clinical trial to see whether therapy with psilocybin, the chemical compound in β€œmagic mushrooms” that can cause hallucinations, might change her relationship with a much more familiar and socially sanctioned drug.

Prince Harry says used psychedelics to help cope with grief


Source: nytimes.com

β€œI would never recommend people to do this recreationally,” Harry said about psychedelics in an interview with Anderson Cooper. β€œBut doing it with the right people, if you are suffering from a huge amount of loss, grief or trauma, then these things have a way of working as a medicine.”

Lawmaker proposes a bill allowing medical uses of psilocybin in Virginia

Source: lis.virginia.gov

Possession of psilocybin pursuant to a valid prescription or order issued by a health care practitioner in the course of professional practice for treatment depression, PTSD or to ameliorate EOL anxiety.

The bill makes possession of psilocybin without a valid prescription a Class 2 misdemeanor punishable by no longer than 30 days in jail and no more than a $500 fine, either or both.

Oregon Becomes First State To Legalize Magic Mushrooms

Source: www.addictioncenter.com

On January 1st, 2023, Oregon made it legal for adults to use Psilocybin, commonly known as “Magic Mushrooms,” due to research that indicates it may be effective in treating certain mental health conditions such as PTSD, depression, and end-of-life anxiety. However, there are concerns about the long-term effects of misusing Psilocybin as there is not enough information available yet to fully understand the consequences.

Patients urge Ottawa to regulate magic mushrooms

Source: ctvnews.ca

There is an ongoing debate in Canada on legalizing clinical use of magic mushrooms for patients with terminal illnesses. It’s becoming more difficult for such patients to access treatment when illegal market is booming.

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