Researchers Slam Drug War At Federally Hosted Psychedelics Event

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A federal health agency kicked off a speaker series on Thursday that’s dedicated to recapping science on the therapeutic potential of psilocybin mushrooms. And the experts who spoke at the first event said in response to Marijuana Moment’s questions that federal drug laws are out of step with voters and undermine the research objectives of the scientific community. The National Cancer Institute (NCI), under the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is hosting the events, says that while federal law classifies the psychedelic as a Schedule I substance with no currently accepted medical value, clinical trials “are researching psilocybin to treat cancer related depression, for example, and moreover for its potential medicinal application in treating a range of severe psychiatric disorders.” To that end, the agency is organizing a first-of-its-kind Psilocybin Research Speaker Series that’s taking place over the next several weeks. The trans- @NIH Psilocybin Speaker Series starts TODAY! See overview, agenda, and registration for the full series, which runs through June 10: https://t.co/za1ke7wZe6 pic.twitter.com/zfWQo9r9vM — NCI Cancer Training (@NCI_Training) April 22, 2021 Thursday’s initial event featured professors from UCLA and Johns Hopkins University, who led presentations on the use of psilocybin in end-of-life care and the “neuropsychopharmacology and implications for therapeutics” of the entheogen. Dr. Charles Grob of UCLA talked about the need for increased diversity among participants in psychedelics studies and also noted the “thorny issue” of funding. “I’ll say that the National Institutes of Health really have not funded this area,” he said. “As far as I’m aware, since the late 60s, they funded mechanistic questions but not actual treatment—whether psychedelics may have some role as a treatment model that I think that needs to be relooked at.” He also said in response to a question from Marijuana Moment that he views the scientific and decriminalization…

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