This Week in Psychedelics

Silo Pharma announces a new drug for treating dementia with ketamine as an active ingredient; new PBS documentary explores psychedelics; Cory Booker suggests federal government reclassify psychedelics.

October 21, 2022

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Silo Pharma announced its proof-of-concept data supporting the therapeutic potential of SPC-14 as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease, as demonstrated in a mouse model. The research was conducted as part of a sponsored research agreement with Columbia University in New York.
SPC-14 is a novel drug that combines an FDA-approved therapeutic with ketamine, and is in development for the treatment of dementia related to Alzheimer's disease.
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The PBS science documentary series NOVA (5 million weekly viewers) featured a new episode entitled: Can Psychedelics Cure? You can watch the full episode here:

In a video posted to Twitter on Monday, Senator Cory Booker talked about how psychedelics are strictly controlled under federal law as Schedule I drugs, which places “a lot of limitations” on them.
“But at the same time, we’re having massive breakthroughs in a lot of the research,” he said, noting psilocybin and MDMA specifically “are showing incredible results for helping people with PTSD, with trauma, even with anxiety and depression.”
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Did You Know?

Did you know a species of sea bream has been known to induce hallucinations?

A sea bream found in the Mediterranean Sea, Sarpa salpa, also known as the dreamfish, sometimes causes effects similar to LSD when eaten. The condition has the impossible-to-pronounce name ichthyoallyeinotoxism, and a 2006 paper details two known cases, both occurring on the French Riviera. Both men—one a 40-year-old executive, the other a 90-year-old retiree—experienced hallucinations lasting more than a day.

The same paper states there’s evidence that the fish was consumed recreationally during the Roman Empire, and ceremonially by the people of Norfolk Island, the Gilbert Islands, and Hawaii. It is not certain what causes the fish’s psychedelic effects, but it may have something to do with the phytoplankton they consume.

You can read more about the fish here.