This Week in Psychedelics

How the Wolf of Wall Street cured his opiate addiction with psychedelics; plus California and Massachusetts advance legalization measures.

September 8, 2023

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The California Assembly approved a psychedelics legalization bill with amendments, and sent it back to the Senate for final passage.

The Assembly cleared the legislation in a 42-11 vote on Wednesday, representing a significant victory for advocates after an earlier version of the psychedelics reform measure (that also passed the Senate) ultimately stalled in the Assembly last year.

The bill would legalize the possession and cultivation of small amounts of certain entheogenic plants and fungi for adults 21 and older. Check it out:

The Massachusetts attorney general’s office determined that a pair of 2024 psychedelics legalization ballot initiatives have met state constitutional requirements. The AG's office will now release final summaries of the measures and allow activists to begin collecting signatures to qualify them for next year's ballot.

Both measures would create a regulatory framework for medically supervised access to psychedelics at licensed facilities. Both would also legalize the possession and gifting of psychedelics, but they would not otherwise provide for commercial retail sales of the substances. Here’s more:

Awareness of anosmia and microsmia has increased due to their association with COVID-19, though treatment for these conditions is limited.

A growing body of online media claims that individuals have noticed improvement in anosmia and microsmia following classic psychedelic use. Now, researchers from the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH, have reported what they believe to be the first three cases recorded in the academic literature of improvement in olfactory impairment after psychedelic use. Check it out:

Did You Know?

Did you know that Jordan Belfort — the real-life “Wolf of Wall Street” — claimed psychedelics cured his addiction and opiate cravings?

Although Belfort quit abusing drugs 25 years ago, he did start taking Vicodin after having six surgeries. He was on the verge of addiction again, so his doctor put him on suboxone, to which he quickly became addicted for ten years. He then turned to ibogaine, where a clinic in Mexico treated him with a 12-hour session that began with a “flood dose."

Belfort claims that after he woke up, he no longer craved opiates and no longer had a physical addiction.  

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