The World’s First ‘Magic Mushroom’ Research Facility Launches in Jamaica

Jamaican Magic Mushroom facility

Magic Mushroom Research Facility to Launch in Jamaica

Talk of ‘Magic Mushrooms,’ and other psychedelic drugs has long been confined to the smaller circles. Due to their status as a Schedule 1 drug, psychedelic drugs remain for most a mystery asking to be solved; and that is exactly what Field Trip Ventures is looking to do. Funded wholly by Canadian based Field Trip Ventures, the world’s first research facility dedicated to understanding ‘magic mushrooms’, is launching this year at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica.

What are ‘magic mushrooms’?

Psilocybin mushrooms are just one of a polyphyletic group of fungi that contain psilocybin and psilocin. Learn more about ‘magic mushrooms’ here.

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Why are Psilocybin (Magic) Mushrooms illegal?

Psilocybin is a naturally occurring prodrug compound with psychedelic properties. Due to the hallucinogenic nature of psilocybin, the safety concerns with its use paired with a lack of any FDA approved medicinal uses land these little fungi right in the middle of the Schedule 1 drug list.

Researchers, however, are trying to change this.

The Current Magic Mushroom Research Efforts

Back on September 4th, John Hopkins Medicine received it’s largest ever one-time donation–a total of $17m–from a group of private donors. The donation will aid in the creation of the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research.

The Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research will devote its initial five-year research run to the study of psilocybin and how i as a treatment for a multitude of diseases, including anorexia, opioid addiction, Alzheimer’s, chronic Lyme disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, and alcohol addiction. On a smaller scale, it will also study the effects of micro-dosing on healthy patients in order to increase creativity.

Much of this research will be the first of its kind.

How is the Jamaican facility different?

While John Hopkins’ research facility may be the largest in the world, their goals are completely different. John Hopkins research will focus wholly on the psychedelic psilocybin and its potential to heal. On the other hand, The University of the West Indies venture is set to devote all of their research to understanding the mushrooms themselves.

“The research center will study everything from the genetics of magic mushrooms to how best to extract their psychedelic compounds. These goals have both scientific and financial value,” writes Olivia Goldhill of Quartz.

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“Quantifying the psychedelic impact of varying mushroom species would be valuable in Jamaica, ” says Ronan Levy of Field Trip Ventures. “One of the big challenges with fungi—and you see this with cannabis—is producing a consistent product. That variability is quite profound.” Due to their legal status in Jamaica, understanding their impact and their cultivation potential could prove to not only be beneficial medically but a major coup for the Jamaican economy.

John Hopkins’ studies plan to use chemically created psilocybin.

Current Legal status in the states

Those in the know will already be aware that while it is not illegal to sell and study the spores of ‘magic mushrooms’ it still remains quite illegal to possess, sell, grow, or use the psychoactive fungi in most of the country and at a federal level. And while a few states have made some strides in moving towards legalization, it is a slow process.

The Legal Stuff

Myco Supply in no way encourages, the taking of, selling of, or growing of psilocybin mushrooms or any other fungi in their polyphyletic group. The growing of, selling of, or taking of any mushroom or fungus falling under the general label of “magic mushroom” is illegal and punishable by law.

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