World’s first research and cultivation facility for psilocybin-producing mushrooms opens in Jamaica

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The world’s first legal research and cultivation facility dedicated to psilocybin-producing mushrooms and other plant-based psychedelics has opened in Mona, Jamaica. The facility, Field Trip Natural Products Limited Research and Development Laboratory for Psychedelic Fungi, is in partnership with Toronto-based Field Trip Health Ltd. and the University of West Indies (UWI). Plans for the facility were first announced in Sept. 2019 and the centre held a grand opening earlier this week. Could legal psilocybin retreats be coming to North America? The first Canadian to legally consume psilocybin for medical purposes shares his experience Kacey Musgraves discusses psilocybin experience in Rolling Stone profile “With the opening of this facility, Field Trip and UWI will be leaders in the understanding of psilocybin-producing fungi and how they can be best utilized in a treatment setting,” Dr. Nathan Bryson, Field Trip’s chief science officer, said in a press release . Researchers have been working at a temporary site on the UWI campus since January 2020, studying more than 180 species of psilocybin-producing mushrooms. The aim of the research is to develop analytical methods for quality control, identification of novel molecules, in addition to extractions and formulations for drug development purposes. Minister @darylvazmp attended the launch of the @fieldtriphealth first psilocybin, (a substance found in over 200 species of psilocybin mushrooms) lab @UWImona. Psilocybin is being explored as a treatment for mental health issues #science #solutions— Ministry of Science Energy & Technology (@MSETGovJM) February 10, 2021 “We are confident that this state-of-the-art facility and partnership with Field Trip will foster a wealth of innovation for the future of mental health research and therapies, even as we contribute to the regulatory framework that the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) is currently developing,” said Dale Webber, a professor, pro-vice-chancellor and principal at UWI. Research at the…

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