Johns Hopkins Medicine's opens psychedelic research center opens!!
Since 2000, Johns Hopkins University has been carrying out psychedelic research in small increments but a recent spate of donations has allowed a new research centre to be opened. Focused on understanding and finding medical applications for psychedelic drugs such as magic mushrooms or LSD, this new centre, championed by a massive $17 million donation, will be at the forefront of research across the globe. Mental conditions such as depression, anxiety and addictions have all shown early signs that they can be cured or alleviated with the use of psychedelics, at Johns Hopkins they will look into these afflictions and how they
can be treated effectively with these alternate drugs. The huge donation received will allow the scientists of Johns Hopkins to bring together years worth of separate and sporadic research into a unified and more in-depth expanse.
Silicon Valley and tech-guys to thank for mushrooms booming research!
Recent years have seen the global interest of psychedelic medicines increase rather rapidly with many western nations now carrying out research of some kind into the potential healing properties of many drugs, but most hope can be afforded to magic mushrooms. Almost a decade of magic mushrooms being picked up on and used by tech entrepreneurs and silicon-valleyites has inevitably led to its popularity boom, this is seen in the actions of the City of Denver who earlier this year decriminalized the use of magic mushrooms, alongside the positive early-research results seen across the world have put psychedelics like mushrooms on the pedestal of psycho-active medicines.
Magic mushrooms studies on depression, anxiety and more!
One of the many tests the centre will carry out is into psilocybin mushrooms, a 5 year study will look into the physiological effects of mushrooms on both the brain and body. This is perhaps the most important study as up too now there is very little hard data on the mid to long term effects of magic mushrooms on humans. And it’s this information that will be needed to significantly shift the political opinion to a point where the legal status of magic mushrooms can be reduced to a more appropriate level or removed entirely. Another test will look into the potential of microdosing magic mushrooms on healthy people and how it affects creativity and motivation.
Lack of alternatives helped psychedelic medicine rise
In part, the research at the new center is held in high-esteem due to the lack of alternative treatments for many of the conditions they are looking into treating. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and is difficult to effectively treat over the long-term because of how it affects the drive/motivation of the person with it. Researchers at Johns Hopkins believe that magic mushrooms could be the answer due to how they can give a user a fresh perspective or take on life, an important step when it comes to sorting out an anorexic’s eating behavior.
Wait for the research, don’t go Rambo
However it is important to note that the research shouldn’t encourage a “do it yourself” attitude, as stated by Matthew Johnson, a professor at Johns Hopkins, as the safety and efficacy of self-medicating with magic mushrooms is exactly what the new research centre is both looking into and designed for. Either-way, the opening of this multi-million dollar centre is a great step on the road to greater understanding and viability of psychedelics in the world of medicine.