Oregon Psilocybin Panel Joins Harvard to Study Psychedelic History

September 15, 2021 11:35:11

Researchers cleared by the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board will be working with Harvard Law School to study the culture and history of psychedelics. The aim of this new research project is to help inform legislative efforts in other states where psychedelics reform is being pursued.

In an interview, Mason Marks, director of Harvard’s Psychedelics Policy Center, stated that Oregon was one of the few states exploring the regulation of psilocybin services, adding that the project would help inform decision making. Marks is also a member of Oregon’s Psilocybin Advisory Board.

The panel, whose objective is to advise on the implementation of a legal psilocybin therapy program, released a report in July that reviewed studies on psilocybin. The report had concluded that psilocybin held significant therapeutic value for various mental health conditions, having demonstrated its effectiveness in decreasing anxiety and depression as well as some life-threatening conditions.

This new project will cover a lot more ground and will take about six months to complete. The researchers tasked with producing the comprehensive report will examine how psilocybin prohibition has impacted marginalized communities and how reform laws in the state of Oregon could affect the communities. The research proposal states that the project will only analyze and review existing research and notes that potential sources of data include narrative descriptions of psilocybin use, psychological and medical literature from the mid-20th century, bioethics literature, religious scholarship, anthropology literature, historical information on the use of psilocybin by indigenous communities, legal scholarship, legislative materials and public health data.

However, before any recommendations included in this comprehensive report are submitted to Oregon Health Authority regulators for consideration, they will have to be approved by the board.

In the interview, Marks added that it was important to include the practices and views of Indigenous communities as their ways were the foundation of the psychedelic industry. He explained that some cultures had used psychedelic substances such as psilocybin for centuries or even a few millennia, noting that this made them authorities in the psychedelics space and, as such, their expertise should be respected as well as acknowledged.

The report, which has been christened the Ethical Legal and Social Implications Report, will also cover how various jurisdictions have reformed laws that govern psilocybin, how the entheogenic substance could affect overdose and addiction rates, what community-based rituals have been established around the entheogen, how cultural attitudes towards psilocybin have changed over time and how the psychedelic affects communities.

The emergence of institutions giving attention to psychedelic policy and law matters is a good development since it complements the work being done by companies such as Cybin Inc. (NEO: CYBN) (NYSE American: CYBN) as they seek to discover medicinal formulations made from various psychedelic compounds.

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