Here’s what’s in store for you in today’s issue:
🍄 Anti-aging properties
🍄 Curing side effects of psychedelics!
🍄 Mushrooms 🗝️ to life on other planets
🍄 Snort shrooms?
🍄 And more.
You’ll want to stay till the end to learn about someone travelling through multiple bodies!
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Mushroom tea could be the secret to aging gracefully.
Aging, as well as several chronic diseases like cancer, arthritis, neurodegeneration, chronic depression, and cardiovascular disease, are often tied to pathological inflammation.
A new study from a South African university revealed that psilocybin mushrooms have potent anti-inflammatory properties that could help treat chronic these conditions. Researchers analyzed 4 species of psilocybin mushrooms, which were extracted in hot water, and discovered that they suppressed the body’s inflammatory response by inhibiting several inflammatory proteins.
Psychedelic drugs (typically LSD but sometimes psilocybin or other substances) can occasionally cause lasting visual disturbances such as seeing bright spots of light, distorted sizes and colours, or halos around objects – a disorder called Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD).
Scientists don’t know exactly why this occurs, but Ehave Inc. (EHVVF) is on a mission to get to the bottom of it. Ehave will be conducting a series of studies over 12 months to determine the cause of HPPD and hopefully find a way to prevent or cure it too. The company strongly believes that there’s a genetic predisposition to the disorder, so the study will involve genetic analysis of 2000 patients and may lead to a genetic test for HPPD susceptibility.
“Let me be clear, psychedelics are extremely safe, especially when used under medical supervision. Understanding HPPD, however, will lead to a better understanding of these molecules as a whole,” said Ehave’s CEO.
If you’re looking for an out-of-this-world experience, try tripping in space.
Mycology expert Paul Stamets believes that psilocybin mushrooms can help astronauts work through the depression, loneliness, and PTSD that comes from being isolated in space. “Under carefully controlled conditions, our astronauts [being] able to take psilocybin in space and look at the universe and not feel distant and alone but feel like they’re part of this giant consciousness will give them a better frame of mind—psychologically, emotionally—to work with other astronauts and stay on mission.”
Stamets is working with NASA to explore the emerging field of astromycology – the study of fungal biology throughout the universe. In a recent interview, he said that mushrooms can produce biodiverse environments with rich soil that may help astronauts grow food on other planets. Blocks made from reishi mushrooms even have potential to create extraterrestrial shelters because they’re great at retaining heat and are insanely strong (a hydraulic stainless steel press broke when trying to crush a reishi block). Plus, they are rich in carbon fibers, so they could possibly become solar powered batteries!
“There’s going to be a big need to fill positions as this industry continues to grow.”
This fall, about 30 students will begin the master’s program in Psychoactive Pharmaceutical Investigation, a brand new two-year program at the University of Wisconsin Madison. The students will learn about drug development and delivery, regulations and ethical principles surrounding psychedelics, and the current challenges and breakthroughs in the field. In 2022, the university will also offer an accelerated version of the program.
Applications for the spring semester are open until Oct 31 – don’t worry, it’s fully online so you won’t need to move to Wisconsin 😉
atai Life Sciences (ATAI) is partnering with the University of Queensland to commercialize a new nose-to-brain drug delivery technology for psychedelic and non-psychedelic compounds. The nasal method has potential to be more effective at treating central nervous system (CNS) disorders than oral administration because it bypasses the blood-brain barrier that can restrict the entry of therapeutic agents. The nose-to-brain technology may require a lower dose than oral methods and may reduce dosing frequency too – plus its non-invasive and painless.
Since natural psilocybin is typically expensive to extract, most companies create synthetic psilocybin, but not Filament Health (FH).
The Vancouver-based company developed an innovative technology that extracts and standardizes natural psilocybin to overcome crop-to-crop and flush-to-flush variability at a low cost. On Tuesday, Filament received a patent for the process, making it the first publicly traded company to receive a patent from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office for the extraction of natural psilocybin.
Several non-profits are doing Health Canada’s dirty work to speed up the legalization of psilocybin.
TheraPsil sent 165 pages of proposed psilocybin regulations to Health Canada, which were based on the medicinal cannabis regulations created 20 years ago. The document addresses regulations around selling and growing magic mushrooms, such as how to qualify for a license, quality control processes, security measures, and packaging requirements.
Other non-profits including the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and the Canadian Psychedelic Association (CPA) are drafting their own legal frameworks.
“This will hopefully be a gift to them to have done their work for them,” said a CPA board member.
A Reddit user had their most intense trip and a total ego death after taking 5.4 grams of Penis Envy.
“On peak, I forgot who I was completely and to the best of my memory what I can describe as flying through different births and deaths. One moment I was in someone else’s body, the next moment a horse drawing its final breath and the next a tiger/lion idk licking off meat from a deer. All this was so real as if I was on a roller coaster ride changing bodies and experiencing what it is like being other humans and animals!
had this profound understanding that our bodies are mortal but our soul is eternal, taking infinite forms and shapes. I am the universe experiencing itself through this body of mine right now and when this body dies I will be reborn in some other form. For a brief moment I felt I have always been meeting the same souls, friends and family in different bodies exactly how Ram Dass describes as “We’re all just walking each other home”
I have never felt so elated in my life, I was laughing my lungs out and was under the impression that I have attained this absolute state permanently. I was so happy in that blissful void I did not want to come back.”