This Week in Psychedelics

Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers opens up about ayahuasca experiences. Plus Morgan Stanley is very optimistic about the future of psychedelics.

August 5, 2022

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The Journal of Translational Psychiatry published a new study designed to investigate whether or not microdosing psychedelics can enhance mental function. Here’s what they found:

Sports Illustrated posted a new article this week that featured four-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers opening up about his experiences with ayahuasca. In the article, Rodgers explains how he wanted to better his self-love so that he could give “unconditional love” to his teammates. This, in turn, would help better the relationships on the team. You can read the entire article here:

Although it was actually published last month, the good folks over at Psychedelic Alpha got a copy of a new investment report from Morgan Stanley that shows the Investment Bank, boasting a market cap of $148.4 billion, is bullish on psychedelics, writing, “Early results indicate that psychedelic therapy has the potential to fundamentally reshape how we think about and treat not only mental illness but a host of other conditions as well." Here’s more:

Did You Know?

Did you know that the distribution of LSD by the “Hippie Mafia” in the 60s and 70s was funded by the heir to a large fortune?

William “Billy” Mellon Hitchcock was the grandson of oilman William Larimer Mellon Sr., and the great-great-grandson of banker Thomas Mellon. Together with his siblings, he owned the Millbrook estate that Timothy Leary used (with their permission) for psychedelic research.

By the time Leary’s residence at Millbrook concluded, Billy had begun bankrolling the manufacture and dissemination of “Orange Sunshine” LSD. Between 1968 and 1972, the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, dubbed the Hippie Mafia by law enforcement, distributed the drug all across the United States.

When law enforcement finally caught up with them, Billy was threatened with 24 years in prison if he didn’t turn on his co-conspirators. And so he did. Billy testified against Tim Scully and Nick Sand, two of the primary manufacturers of Orange Sunshine, and both received lengthy prison sentences.

You can read more about Billy and company here.