This Week in Psychedelics

Grassroots efforts in Massachusetts lead to a record number of psychedelics bills; exploring the role of psychedelics in hospice care.

March 31, 2023

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The good folks over at Psychedelic Spotlight provided an update on Massachusetts’ record eight psychedelics decriminalization bills that have been filed.

Thanks to Bay Staters for Natural Medicine, a grassroots community group with more than three thousand volunteers across New England, a record number of psychedelics decriminalization efforts are now moving forward in the state. You can read a summary of each new bill here:

While progress is well underway in Massachusetts, the Missouri House just backed a bill requiring state research on psychedelics to treat depression and PTSD.

Several lawmakers said they were “passionate” about seeing the study go forward during Wednesday’s debate. Among them was Rep. Aaron McMullen, a veteran who served in a combat unit in Afghanistan. Here’s more:

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute published a piece about its new clinical trial to evaluate how psychedelics can help patients receiving hospice care.

The trial, which plans to enroll 15 patients served by hospice provider Care Dimensions, will assess whether psychedelic-assisted therapy is safe and feasible in a hospice population, whether it helps alleviate the experience of demoralization, and how it impacts patients’ physical, psychosocial, and spiritual well-being. Three patients have already received treatment as part of the trial and the results are encouraging, investigators say. Check it out:

Did You Know?

Did you know there’s a species of sea bream called Sarpa salpa that can induce LSD-like hallucinations when eaten?

Dubbed “the fish that make dreams” in Arabic, Sarpa salpa were once used recreationally by ancient Romans, and for ceremonial purposes by Polynesian communities.

Little is known about this charming chum, but if you manage to see one at a fish fry, just know that only the head of the fish causes hallucinations. The rest of the body will only fill your belly, not your mind. Here’s more: