This Week in Psychedelics

California and Australia advance psychedelic legalization; more research reveals the efficacy of psychedelics in treating eating disorders therapeutic goods administration

June 30, 2023

This Week...

A California Assembly committee approved a Senate-passed bill to legalize the possession and facilitated use of certain psychedelics.

The Assembly Public Safety Committee advanced the legislation from Sen. Scott Wiener in a 5-2 vote, with amendments, on Tuesday—about one month after it was approved by the full Senate. It now heads to the Assembly Health Committee before potentially moving to the floor. Here’s more:

We got a look at some new research that looked into psychedelics in the treatment of eating disorders.

Preliminary evidence suggests that psychedelic-assisted therapy could be beneficial in the treatment of anorexia and bulimia, as well as several common comorbidities, presenting a clear rationale for future research. Specifically, preliminary studies support more research into therapy with psilocybin, ketamine, and ayahuasca for anorexia, ketamine and ayahuasca for bulimia, and MDMA for eating disorders associated with trauma-related pathology. Check it out:

Australia will become one of the first countries to recognize psychedelic drugs as medicines. In February, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, Australia’s medical regulator, sanctioned use of psychedelics for some mental health conditions.

Starting Saturday, authorized psychiatrists in Australia will be able to prescribe MDMA to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. They’ll also be allowed to prescribe psilocybin to treat depression that has not responded to other therapies. Here’s more:

Did You Know?

Did you know that when Aldous Huxley was dying of cancer in 1963, he wrote one last request:  “LSD — Try it, 100ug IM”?

His wife Laura injected 100ug, then another 100ug about an hour later. Three hours later he died, with doctors describing it as “the most serene, the most beautiful death.” Laura wrote about the experience, which you can see here: