Denver to Host Colorado’s First Psychedelic Cup

August 18, 2023 12:44:25

The Psychedelic Club of Denver has announced that it will hold the city’s first-ever Psychedelic Cup, an event that will see locals compete in cultivating magic mushrooms at home. Club President Jonathan Cherkoss said that the event may also be the first of its kind in the entire state.

He noted that the competition would be based on potency analysis rather than psychedelic consumption, stating that Altitude Consulting will conduct the potency testing. Competitors will drop their psychedelic mushroom samples at Altitude Consulting where analysts will conduct a seven-panel test to determine potency levels.

Although the competition will have no judges and the magic mushroom samples aren’t meant for consumption, Psychedelic Cup winners will be ranked based on the results from several kinds of tests. According to Cherkoss, the competition’s main objective isn’t to award the most potent magic mushroom sample. Instead, the club president says, the goal is to collect data on different types of psychedelic mushrooms to fill critical knowledge gaps and aid in the development of better psychedelic-based treatments.

Cherkoss notes that while America still doesn’t have a medical psychedelic industry, the data gathered through the Psychedelic Cup will help inform people about psychedelics and allow them to make better-informed decisions regarding psychedelic-assisted therapy.

Psychedelics attracted a great deal of scientific attention in recent years due to their potential mental health benefits. Research has revealed that psychedelics such as psilocybin (magic mushrooms), LSD, MDMA and ketamine may be able to treat several mental health disorders, especially when paired with traditional talk therapy.

These findings have been so encouraging that investors are pouring millions of dollars into studying the connection between psychedelics and mental health to help develop psychedelic-based therapies for the masses. Furthermore, lawmakers in several states are either working on or considering psychedelic legalization to reduce the barriers to psychedelic research and encourage the development of safer, more effective mental health treatments.

In late 2022, Colorado voters approved a measure to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms and created a regulatory framework for healing centers where patients could undergo psychedelic-assisted therapy under the guidance of trained facilitators. The state then approved a measure legalizing testing laboratories for psychedelic compounds, a significant step forward in psychedelic regulations, Cherkoss said.

He also stated that allowing testing labs for psychedelics would be especially helpful to the public because several decades of federal prohibition have significantly hampered psychedelic research and limited our knowledge of proper dosing.

The Psychedelic Cup adds to the information-gathering efforts of industry actors such as Compass Pathways PLC (NASDAQ: CMPS) as the world seeks to learn everything possible about these hallucinogenic compounds and their medical potential.

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