Harvard to study pyschedelics and the law as decriminalization gains steam

The Project on Psychedelics Law and Regulation, or POPLAR, is being funded by the Saisei Foundation, un nonprofit based in Austin, Texas, according to a Harvard Law blog post.

The research by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics comes as some states and cities have decriminalized pschedelic drugs.

“Proprio adesso, there are a handful of psychedelics research centers at universities around the country. tuttavia, they are focused on clinical research,” Mason Marks, who is leading POPLAR, said in a Wednesday statement. “There is no systematic research being done on psychedelics law, and POPLAR will fill this gap.

The researchers will focus on five areas: ethics in psychedelics research and therapeutics; challenges with psychedelics and intellectual property law; federal support for psychedelics research; access to and equity in emerging psychedelics industries; and the role of psychedelics in healing trauma.

Preliminary research suggests that psychedelics could hold major benefits for people experiencing trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder,” Harvard Law professor Jeannie Suk Gersen said in a statement. “By analyzing social, legale, and political barriers to access in this context, we hope to advance the understanding of their potential impact as therapeutics.

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Congress banned the use of psychedelics in the 1970s with the Controlled Substances Act, citando “no currently accepted medical use” per il droghe that were popularized at the timeand a high potential for abuse,” which some medical experts now disagree with, according to the Petrie-Flom Center.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nel 2017 ha dato its Breakthrough Therapy Designation to MDMA — a psychoactive drug commonly known asecstasy— to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Nel 2018, l'agenzia concesso the therapy designation to psilocybin, a drug found in so-called magic mushrooms, to treat depression.

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Per anni, many psychedelic scientists have been theorizing that hallucinating on magic mushrooms could possibly reboot the brain and clear out negative thoughts that may contribute to depression. UN 2016 studia in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that a single dose of psilocybin mushroomsproduced substantial and enduring decreases in depressed mood and anxietyin patients with a life-threatening cancer diagnosis.

Psilocybin mushrooms are seen in a grow room at the Procare farm in Hazerswoude, central Netherlands. Oregon's attorney general has approved language for a ballot measure to make psychedelic mushrooms legal. (AP Photo / Peter Dejong, File)

Psilocybin mushrooms are seen in a grow room at the Procare farm in Hazerswoude, central Netherlands. Oregon’s attorney general has approved language for a ballot measure to make psychedelic mushrooms legal. (AP Photo / Peter Dejong, File)

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