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Psychedelic Science and Medicine News: April 24-30

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With each passing week, we are seeing more and more advances in psychedelic research in the scientific and medical fields. As the body of work continues to grow, Truffle Report has compiled a roundup of major medical and scientific news from April 24 – 30 2021, making it easier for you to track these ongoing developments.

Texas Lawmakers Approve Marijuana And Psychedelics Reform Bills
April 27, 2021 – The Texas House of Representatives approved a bill to reduce penalties for possession of cannabis concentrates while lawmakers separately advanced legislation requiring studies on the therapeutic potential of certain psychedelics for military veterans.

Psychedelics Could Help Treat the 463 Million People Coping with Diabetes
April 27, 2021 – PharmaTher Holdings Ltd. announced that it has filed a provisional patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office outlining the novel use of ketamine as a potential treatment for Type 2 diabetes and obesity. The patent application, titled “Use of Ketamine in the Treatment of Diabetes and Obesity,” identifies protein bindings and interactions with ketamine leading to the discovery of ketamine as a potential treatment.

Lobe Sciences Enters into Joint Venture with Virtual Psychedelics Incorporated to Develop Multi-Sensory Pods for Clinical Psychedelic Use
April 27, 2021 – Lobe Sciences Ltd. announced that it has entered into an agreement with Virtual Psychedelics Incorporated and some industry-leading pioneers, including Hollywood director Brett Leonard and researcher and USC professor Dr. Skip Rizzo, for the design, development and commercialization of a new psychedelic virtual experience (“VX”) pod (the “KrysalisTM Pod”). The goal is to improve psychedelic therapy by optimizing set, setting and the overall experience for clinical and other uses. 

MINDCURE Announces Partnership with SOMA Breath Inc. 
April 27, 2021 – Mind Cure Health Inc. announced that it has entered into a partnership and licensing agreement with SOMA Breath Inc. to license its breath work program and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy within iSTRYM. 

Silo Pharma (SILO) and Zylo Therapeutics, Inc. (ZTI) Enter Partnership to Develop Ketamine Using ZTI’s Z-pod™ Technology 
April 28, 2021 – Silo Pharma, Inc. announced that it has entered into a joint venture with Zylo Therapeutics.  This agreement will use Zylo’s innovative sustained release topical delivery system that was originally developed at Albert Einstein College of Medicine using Silo Pharma’s expertise in the use of psychedelics. They will explore the clinical development of ketamine using ZTI’s Z-pod technology for the transdermal time released delivery of therapeutics.

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Southwestern Ontario Lab Seeks Rare Permission to Make, Study Psychedelic Drugs
April 28, 2021 – New Leaf Canada, a Toronto-based cannabis company, is looking for a rare exemption under federal drug control laws to build a first of its kind laboratory in southwestern Ontario to produce and study psychedelic drugs. The laboratory, which will be located in Norfolk County Ontario, would be the region’s first federally licensed psilocybin research facility.

Researchers Identify a Psychedelic-Like Drug Without The Hallucinogenic Side Effects
April 28, 2021 – Researchers from the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) report they have identified a psychedelic-like drug that doesn’t trigger hallucinations through the development of a genetically encoded fluorescent sensor called psychLigh, that can screen for hallucinogenic potential by indicating when a compound activates the serotonin 2A receptor.

#Psychedelic use is on the rise among college-age adults in the US. - @lucidnewssite

'Early 2020 saw psychedelic use among college-age young adults reach its highest levels since 1982, the culmination of a five-year upward trend.'

https://www.lucid.news/psychedelic-usage-is-on-the-rise-among-college-age-adults/

Great review on the impact of psychedelics on neuroplasticity from the team at Maastricht!
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2021.724606/full

Why More Young Women Are Taking Shrooms

"...young women report taking shrooms recreationally and doing it predominantly to aid their mental health."

https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/2021/10/10709718/mental-health-benefits-mushrooms

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