This Week in Psychedelics

American university becomes the first to receive a license to grow psilocybin mushrooms; Arizona and Oregon move towards clinical treatment.

May 12, 2023

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The Arizona Senate approved budget legislation that includes provisions to fund research into the medical potential of psilocybin mushrooms for a variety of conditions.

Rather than enact the reform through a stand-alone psychedelics bill that was introduced earlier this session, top lawmakers and the governor agreed to incorporate the proposal into appropriations measures, which calls for $5 million in funding for psilocybin research.

A related health-focused budget measure that also cleared the chamber details requirements for the clinical trials that those dollars will support. The House has given initial approval to companion versions of the legislation, with final passage expected soon. Here’s more:

Ohio State University, alongside the mental health and wellness research and development company Inner State Inc., was awarded the first-ever license by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to an American university to grow whole psilocybin mushrooms.

The mushrooms will be used in the study of mental health treatment capabilities with naturally grown psychedelic mushrooms. Check it out: ​​

Oregon regulators approved the nation’s first license for a psilocybin service center where patients will be able to use the psychedelic in a supervised and facilitated environment.

The Oregon Health Authority awarded the license to EPIC Healing Eugene. With this development, Oregon has now officially approved at least one license for each of the four business categories created by the state’s psilocybin law. Here’s more:

Did You Know?

The psychoactive use of pituri is probably the longest continuous use of a psychoactive substance in the history of humanity.

The Australian Aborigines have the longest continuous culture in the world, and the ancestors of today's Aborigines chewed pituri 40,000 to 60,000 years ago.

Pituri refers in the broadest sense to all plants or plant materials with additional ingredients that are used for hedonistic or magical purposes by the Australian Aborigines.

Various additives were often mixed with dried or fermented pituri leaves, then chewed. Those additives included everything from plant ashes and eucalyptus resin to yellow ochre and sugar, and the effects would vary based on how the pituri is prepared. Some would be arousing and euphoric while others would induce visions. Check it out: