Here’s what’s in store for you in today’s issue:
🍄 A different approach to treating depression
🍄 6 stocks to make you $
🍄 Healing racial trauma
🍄 A new psychedelics ETF
🍄 And more.
You’ll want to stay till the end to learn how someone travelled to different dimensions with Post Malone!
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In this episode Natasha Fearnley, the first nurse to legally experience psilocybin therapy, shares her fascinating views on palliative care.
Allied Corp. (ALID) has a new approach for treating depression, anxiety and PTSD.
The Kelowna-based company developed a proprietary formulation called Psilonex RX that combines psilocybin extract with functional mushroom extracts and a blend of vitamins.
Allied Corp. aims to treat patients by prescribing a dose of Psilonex RX followed by a daily dose of its CBD product, Psilonex Daily.
The company just began manufacturing Psilonex RX under an agreement with HAVN Life Sciences (HAVN).
A mission to end racism, bring equity to healthcare, and treat racial trauma. Psychologist, Monnica Williams of the University of Ottawa, believes that psilocybin and MDMA can help people of colour address the trauma they’ve endured from racial biases.
“Using psychedelics can not only bring these pain points to the surface for healing, but can reduce the anxiety or response to these memories and allow them to speak openly about them without the pain they bring,” Williams says.
She notes that POC are vastly underrepresented in the mental health care sector, specifically in psychedelic-assisted therapy, and expresses the need for specialized training to work with marginalized groups.
Williams has struggled to find funding for her research in this area in the past, but she’s hopeful that her work will gain more traction with the recent increased attention to racial justice.
Resurgent Biosciences, a subsidiary of Goodness Growth Holdings (GDNS), is tapping into the spiritual and cultural side of psychedelics to develop a better approach to psychedelic therapy.
The company is launching a study on the naturalistic use of entheogens through a partnership with Flor da Jurema, a temple community in Brazil where visitors can take part in spiritual experiences with traditional plant medicines.
The study, which was just approved by an independent Institutional Review Board, will survey 100 adults who have participated in entheogen therapy centers or psychedelic retreats in the last five years.
The goal is to get a sense of their intentions, motivations, experiences, demographics, and willingness to participate in entheogen research in the future and use the findings to create more positive, long-lasting results from psychedelic-assisted therapies.
To escape the boredom and stress of the pandemic, college students are turning to psychedelics and marijuana.
A recent study found that psychedelic drug use among college students nearly doubled during the pandemic, increasing from 5% in 2019 to 9% in 2020. For non-college young adults, use increased from 8% to 10%.
College students also reported record-high marijuana use and record-low levels of alcohol consumption and binge drinking, likely as a result of fewer social events.
Experts predict that these trends reflect need to cope with mental health issues the desire to break monotony with a different mental state.
“As the field of psychedelics explodes, we’re going to need sophisticated journalism to provide the public with reliable information and the field with accountability.”
That’s where Tim Ferriss steps in.
His non-profit organization, the Saisei Foundation, just donated $800,000 over three years to UC Berkeley’s Center for the Science of Psychedelics (BCSP) to establish the Ferriss – UC Berkeley Psychedelic Journalism Fellowship.
The fellowship, which will be overseen by BCSP co-founder Michael Pollan, will support young journalists reporting on the psychedelics industry for mainstream news outlets. Journalists can apply to receive grants of up to $15,000 to investigate the science, policy, business and culture of psychedelics.
New ETF alert!
Yesterday, AdvisorShares launched the first psychedelic ETF on a US exchange – NYSE: PSIL.
The portfolio manager, Dan Ahrens, has an extensive track record of managing ETFs in a variety of sectors including two cannabis ETFs, MSOS and YOLO.
The distribution of holdings is shown below:
Michigan could be the next state to decriminalize psilocybin!
Senator Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) introduced a bill, SB 631, that would decriminalize the use, possession, cultivation, and delivery of psilocybin and mescaline.
The bill would also allow practitioners to use the psychedelics in counseling or spiritual guidance, but commercial sales would remain illegal.
The city of Ann Arbor, Michigan has already decriminalized psychedelics, and Detroit isn’t far behind with a decriminalization initiative to appear on the ballot this November.
A California activist group, Decriminalize California, is working to get a psilocybin legalization measure on the 2022 ballot, and they’re making progress!
The measure, called the California Psilocybin Initiative, would allow the possession, use, cultivation, social sharing, and even the retail sale of psilocybin.
This week, the group was cleared to begin collecting signatures for the initiative- they’ll need 623,212 registered voters to sign the petition within 180 days. Luckily, 2,800 people have already volunteered to help with the process.
“I feel pretty damn good honestly [about the prospects of the initiative]. People are so psyched for psychedelics,” said the director of the campaign.
This Reddit user tapped into different dimensions after taking 2.7 grams of Penis Envy mushrooms.
“I turned on a podcast that I highly recommend to all experienced trippers after my experience with it. It was Joe Rogan and Post Malone tripping together. Once I turned on the podcast I was immediately intrigued about how I could feel their emotions and vibes and feel like I was tripping with them. All of the sudden my no-visual trip got slapped in the face when the whole tv starting started to swirl around and their eyes got all geeked out. I was about to turn it off because I didn’t want to have a artificial video of edited psilocybin visuals. I paused the video, and I realized that the screen was still moving like it was before and the visuals were REAL. At that moment in time I got excited because I knew what was about to come was gonna be good.
I turn the podcast back on and I start to zone out at the tv when I feel a rush of euphoria flowing though my body at the beat of my heart. I was manually breathing and I felt like I was gonna fall FORWARD while laying down because the end of my bed was a for some reason interrupted as a cliff my my brain. The whole room was a weird color like a color invert Instagram filter, I don’t know how to explain this in words guys, but I actually felt like I was being lifted and about to be thrown off my bed. I was gripping for dear life my god it was intense.
Then they started taking about aliens.. they said something about them being around all the time but we just can’t see them until we’re on mushrooms. BOOM fucking blast off I was seeing my own version of alien entity’s all around me. Every square inch of my peripheral vision was different species staring at me. It was incredible.
But I’d like to mention, only watch this podcast if you’re experienced because they do talk about ghosts and the most terrifying things they can think of at one point and they actually scared themselves a little bit lol. Creeped me out too because it wasn’t just stories, I FELT the ghosts and spirits. With full force I was like a skipping record player switching through dimensions on every topic they’d talk about and I felt like Post Malone was family for about three hours. I have never been so deep in my life and this is the most excited I’ve ever been about mushrooms and their capabilities of tapping into other worlds and dimensions and having realizations that you can’t EVER have sober.”