This Week in Psychedelics

The American Medical Association makes a historic step toward allowing psychedelic treatment; and could psychedelics cure color blindness?

May 5, 2023

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The American Medical Association (AMA) approved a Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) III code for psychedelic therapies. CPT codes are essential for physicians and health care professionals when assigning treatment and seeking reimbursements from insurance companies.

This is a very big deal.

The full details of the code are expected to be released by the AMA in July, and the code will go into effect when it is published on January 1, 2024.

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Can psilocybin cure color blindness?

According to a new study, a single use of psilocybin may produce long-lasting partial improvements in color vision deficiency (CVD), despite this condition typically resulting from a genetic defect. This raises important questions about the possibility of psilocybin inducing durable alterations in visual processing in some people.

It’s a fascinating study, and you can check it out here:

At a hearing before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, Sen. Brian Schatz asked National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Director Nora Volkow about the status of the agency’s research into psychedelics.

The NIDA head acknowledged that “psychedelic research effectively was halted for many years” amid cultural stigma and increased criminalization under the drug war, but noted that the situation has now changed, saying…

“As the evidence is starting to emerge that shows significant potential in terms of therapeutics for certain conditions like severe depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, and also preliminary research showing benefits for the treatment of addiction, we’re actually engaging the scientific community to try to understand how psychedelic drugs can be potentially utilized for the treatment—how they affect the brain, and also how to deploy them in ways that are going to be safe and very effective.”

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Did You Know?

Did you know that a new study just confirmed the long-held hypothesis that ancient cultures used psychedelics to increase productivity within their startup companies?

Joking, of course. But in the quest to share an interesting anecdote about psychedelics, we stumbled upon this light-hearted piece of satire from The Onion. If you have a quick minute and could use a laugh, check it out: