Tag: Psychedelics

California Gov. Gavin Newsom To Review 17 Cannabis, Psychedelics Bills

As of the California State Legislature ended on Sept. 14, more than 17 cannabis or psychedelic bills were sent to California Gov. Gavin Newsom to potentially be signed. The bills include a wide variety of proposals, which Newsom must either sign, veto, or refuse to sign and allow them to be approved without his signature. […]

COMPASS Pathways Secures $285 Million Towards Psychedelics for Mental Health

COMPASS Pathways, a biotechnology company dedicated to innovation in mental health, gained $285 million in private funding to research psychedelics, Behavioral Health Business reports. This amount should be enough to back their work through late 2025. By then, Biden willing, there is hope such treatment methods will have FDA approval.  “We view this investment as […]

New Paper Compares Effect of Psychedelics to Meditation, Hypnosis

A recently published paper aims to fill the research gap concerning various altered states of consciousness –– from psychedelic use to meditation to hypnosis. The paper, published last month in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, written by researchers at the University of Zurich, “directly compared two pharmacological methods: psilocybin and LSD and two non-pharmacological methods: […]

New Study Reveals How Psychedelics Activate Parts of the Brain

The study, published in Neuroscience & Behavioral Review and aggregated by Psychedelic Spotlight, sought to broaden our understanding of how “psychedelics activate parts of the Default Mode Network,” which counters previous research indicating that psychedelics have the opposite effect. The Default Mode Network, or “DMN,” is “a system of connected brain areas that show increased […]

Minneapolis Mayor Orders Police Stop Arrests for Psychedelics

Minneapolis, Minnesota is set to become a haven for people who turn to psychedelics for depression, anxiety, and other conditions. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced that he had signed an executive order on July 21, supporting entheogenic plant practices and ordering law enforcement to deprioritize the practice of arresting people caught with psychedelic compounds. It’s […]

Reps. AOC and Crenshaw Form ‘Wild Coalition’ in Psychedelics Push

Psychedelics reform is uniting even the most unlikely allies: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) and Dan Crenshaw (TX-02) are making some progress despite a few setbacks in House committees.  “This is a real wild coalition,” Crenshaw said, Fox News reports. Ocasio-Cortez, aka AOC—the youngest woman to serve in Congress and a progressive firebrand—and Crenshaw—former Navy SEAL […]

AOC ‘Concerned’ Biden’s Conservative Pot Views Could Ruin Bipartisan Push To Study Psychedelics

AOC is doing what we love her best for: calling out the old-guard Democrats. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic Representative from New York, says she’s worried that President Joe Biden may derail bipartisan efforts to address psychedelics due to his past conservative comments about cannabis usage, Business Insider reports.  “I believe the president has displayed a […]

RFK Jr. Wants To Decriminalize Pot, Psychedelics

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. vowed to make major drug reform a reality should his long-shot presidential bid land him in the White House.  In an interview last Thursday, Kennedy, who is challenging President Joe Biden for the 2024 Democratic nomination, said he would change the federal prohibition on cannabis. “I would decriminalize marijuana on a […]

President Biden Is ‘Very Open-Minded’ About Psychedelics For Medical Treatment

President Joe Biden’s youngest brother said the president has been “very open-minded” in their conversations about therapeutic psychedelics, AP reports. During a phone interview with The Michael Smerconish Program on SiriusXM Wednesday, Frank Biden opened up about his brother’s views.  “He is very open-minded,” Frank Biden responded when probed by Smerconish about discussions with his […]

Jaden Smith Says Psychedelics Improve Relationships With Jada Pinkett Smith

Speaking last Friday at the Psychedelic Science 2023 Conference in Denver, Jaden Smith credits psychedelics with improving relationships with his family members, USA Today reports. The actor and rapper, 24, is the son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, brother to Willow Smith, and half-brother to Trey Smith. Despite being what the kids like to […]

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