This Week in Psychedelics

Canadian health care provider to reimburse psychedelic therapies; Missouri to research ibogaine as a treatment for opioid addiction.

April 5, 2024

This Week...

Lawmakers in Missouri’s House of Representatives gave preliminary approval to a budget bill that would spend $10 million from the state's opioid settlement fund on research grants to study the use of psilocybin to treat opioid use disorder.

An addition made in a House committee last week would have put the $10 million toward studying ibogaine as a treatment for opioid use disorder, but that provision was adjusted to fund psilocybin research instead. Here’s more:

Alberta Blue Cross announced that claims for psychedelics therapy for mental health treatments will be eligible for reimbursement under the drug and psychology benefits of its plan members. This is a very big deal, as Alberta was the first province to regulate psychedelic-assisted therapy for mental health treatments back in 2022. Check it out:

The Maine Senate approved a bill to establish a commission tasked with studying and making recommendations on regulating access to psychedelic services. It would specifically examine how to create a “legal framework for the therapeutic use of psychedelic drugs, including but not limited to psilocybin.”

The commission would consist of legislative appointees, health experts, a military veteran, academics and people with experience in psychedelics policy, and would be responsible for reviewing “medical, psychological and scientific studies, research and other information on the safety and efficacy of psilocybin in treating behavioral health conditions,” as well as how other states have approached regulating psychedelics access. Here’s more:

Did You Know?

Did you know that filmmaker Adam Wingard’s use of psychedelics inspired parts of his latest film, Godzilla x Kong?

There’s even a line in the script that was based on Wingard’s own experiences with psychedelics. The line? "I'm turning into water.”

"One of the only lines that I actually put in the movie was, 'I'm turning into water.' Because I've had that experience on psychedelics before. 'Oh my God.' I think I've actually said that before. You can only come up with a line like that from real experience."

Wingard also directed the 2021 film Godzilla vs. Kong. No word if that film contained any psychedelic inspirations. Here’s more: