We loved connecting with you all at the Daily Mushroom + Entheon Biomedical Mental Health Town Hall last night 😍 If you couldn’t make it, no worries, we got you. Check out the recording below.
Here’s what’s in store for you in today’s issue:
🍄 A cure for the most annoying Covid symptom?
🍄 Reducing suicidality for 6 months
🍄 Microdosing for withdrawals
🍄 How to prevent bad trips
🍄 And more.
On this very special episode of the Daily Mushroom Podcast, we were lucky enough to be joined by some pretty amazing guests. We had Andy Greenshaw, David Mayoh, Timmothy Ko, Valorie Masuda, Marsha Bennett, and of course our host Brett Higson. We asked our readers to submit questions they had about psychedelics for our knowledgeable board to answer and they did not disappoint! This episode is full of all kinds of insight into the expanding world of psychedelic therapy and what the future may hold.
New research suggests that microdosing doesn’t cause withdrawal symptoms. But can it ease withdrawals from other substances?
MacEwan University researchers found that zebrafish showed increased anxiety behaviour during withdrawal from alcohol, consistent with symptoms that humans experience.
However, when the zebrafish were given microdoses of LSD for 10 days (by putting them in a “dosing tank” for a precise period of time), there were no observed behavioural changes. This indicates that microdosing is not addictive and does not cause withdrawal symptoms.
A study that’s currently underway will examine LSD microdoses on alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
Did you know we share 70% of our genes with zebrafish? Plus, they are extremely social, making them ideal for behavioural studies.
PharmaTher (PHRM) is developing a treatment for a rare, seizure-inducing disorder called Status Epilepticus using ketamine. This week, it was granted a designation that will save them millions of dollars in the process.
It’s called an Orphan Drug Designation and it gives the company potential tax credits, grant eligibility, and marketing exclusivity, and waives a $2.4M New Drug Application fee. It’s designed to incentivize R&D of treatments for rare conditions.
PharmaTher previously received the designation for ketamine to treat ALS and complex regional pain syndrome too!
Even months or years after recovering from Covid, many people have no sense of taste or smell – or worse, everything tastes and smells disgusting.
People are rushing to Reddit and Twitter to share that they’ve finally found a cure: shrooms!
Some report that their senses returned to normal after one dose while others say they were restored gradually over a handful of trips.
Here’s one Reddit user’s experience: “I was shocked and elated.. ran around to find a candle, picked it up, lavender! Began to cry. Began smelling everything in sight. You don’t realize how beautiful it is to smell things, until you can’t smell for almost a year.”
A meta-analysis of 7 clinical trials (5 psilocybin + 2 ayahuasca) found that psychedelic therapy significantly reduced suicidality in as little as 80 minutes.
The significant reductions were sustained for 3-4 months, and patients still had a moderate reduction in suicidality after 6 months.
Entheon Biomedical (ENBI) received approval for a phase I DMT trial and will begin screening patients this month. The trial, which will be conducted in the Netherlands, will gather essential safety and dosing data needed for a phase II study on DMT for nicotine addiction.
Lexston Life Sciences (LEXT) received a Section 56 exemption to research psilocybin. It is developing a tool that can rapidly identify and quantify different mushroom compounds such as psilocin, psilocybin, baeocystin, norbaeocystin and aeruginascin.
An individual in Oregon was issued a patent for a vape pen for “ayahuasca-like substances” including DMT, 5-MeO-DMT, and 2CB. The decision is receiving backlash from many who claim that the technology is not novel and has been around for years.
Tripping can be scary. You never really know how hard a dose will hit you or how long the effects will last — especially if it’s your first time.
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