In September 2019 Florida based John Hopkins Medicine launched the Center for

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In September 2019, Florida-based John Hopkins Medicine launched the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research after receiving $17 million from private donors. The lab says it will use psychedelics “to study the mind and identify therapies for diseases such as addiction, PTSD and Alzheimer’s.” Its program includes research into psilocybin mushrooms. Imperial College London opened the Centre for Psychedelic Research in April 2019 to study the action of psychedelic drugs, with a particular focus on researching the treatment of depression. Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, the head of the center, says that the opening “represents a watershed moment for psychedelic science; symbolic of its now mainstream recognition. Psychedelics are set to have a major impact on neuroscience and psychiatry in the coming years.” Psychedelic health Wavepaths psychedelic experiences without drugs HEALTH THE FUTURE 100 192
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As more research points to the benefits of psychedelics, US lawmakers are paving the way for its integration into the mainstream. Denver, Colorado and Oakland have decriminalized the possession of psilocybin products, with Santa Cruz potentially following in the same footsteps. Further legitimizing the halogenic substance, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to Compass Pathways in October 2018 and, more recently, to Usona Institute in November 2019. Both companies are conducting clinical trials into psilocybin’s potential to treat severe depression. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 16.1 million Americans suffer from major depressive disorder (MDD)—if the research proves correct, psilocybin could become a treatment option. Health benefits aside, consumers are also tapping into psychedelics to explore their mind and consciousness in a deeper way, and psychedelic retreats are growing as a result. Britain’s Psychedelic Society offers psilocybin retreats in Europe, and says they are “aimed at people in good mental and physical health wanting to explore the nature of reality and the mind.” Synthesis is a retreat center in the Netherlands that pioneers “transformative wellness.” Launched in April 2018, it offers core three-day events at £1,640 ($2,148), aimed at “curious individuals who want to utilize moderate-to-high doses of psilocybin truffles to catalyze creative breakthrough, explore consciousness, find meaning, improve confidence and search for mystical experience.” Achieving a psychedelic experience without drugs is becoming a viable option thanks to startup Wavepaths. Led by a team of scientists, technologists, Wavepaths psychedelic experiences without drugs HEALTH THE FUTURE 100 193
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psychotherapists and artists, its mission is to make “transformative experiences widely accessible.” Combining music, light and input from psychotherapists, Wavepaths’ immersive experience will guide participants either towards “stillness and calm,” or on a “journey inwards, connecting to deeper emotional states,” the company says. Why it's interesting: Psilocybin could be the new cannabis. Growing research into psychedelics
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