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July 29, 2021
“Five years ago, it would’ve been an outlandish idea that 99.9% of people would never have considered even a remote possibility. And here we are,” says Ronan Levy, a cofounder and the executive chairman of Field Trip. “It’s a recognition that there's a lot of people who see psychedelics being not only a significant medical application, but significant cultural influence going forward in the future.”
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August 12, 2021
Field Trip Health stock on Thursday finished higher in its first day on the Nasdaq, making it the latest psychedelics-focused company hoping to use a big U.S. exchange to attract investors.
Keeping up with the surge of "cure-all" wellness fads is a job in and of itself. In our column Wellness Inspector, we do the work for you, closely examining these trends to see if they're worth your hard-earned pennies—or whether they're just hype.
After a half century spent waging war on drugs, Americans seem ready to sue for peace. The 2020 elections brought plenty of proof that voters have leapt ahead of politicians in recognizing both the failures of the drug war and the potential of certain illicit drugs as powerful tools for healing.
Today, a Google turn ups the number for the Psychedelic Peer Support Line, sponsored by Fireside Project, launched in April as a one-year pilot offering limited hours Thursdays through Mondays. The support line, which can be reached by texting or calling 62-FIRESIDE (623-473-7433), was envisioned by former lawyer Joshua White in the early months of the pandemic, when the possibility of widespread psychedelic healing was the one thing giving him hope.
A new study by researchers at Yale University has shown that a single dose of psilocybin given to mice prompted an immediate and long-lasting increase in connections between neurons. Psilocybin is a naturally occurring compound found in magic mushrooms and has been touted as a potential treatment for depression in recent years. However, the mechanics of exactly how psilocybin works in the brain and how long beneficial results might last is still unclear.
Psilocybin, a psychedelic compound that can be derived from over 200 species of mushroom, can remodel connections in the mouse brain. That is the conclusion of a new study that examined structural changes in the brain that might explain psilocybin’s enduring antidepressant effects.
Funded in part by Tim Ferriss, the Project on Psychedelics Law and Regulation will tackle the many unanswered legal questions facing psychedelic-assisted therapy.
Field Trip Medical Director Dr. Michael Verbora & Executive Chairman Ronan Levy sit down with Nuvo Magazine to examine the current landscape of psychedelic healthcare, with an emphasis on our method of healing and the legalities of psilocybin.
The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the spiraling mental health crisis in Canada. Here to talk about how psychedelic drug therapy can help is psychotherapist Dr. Mike Dow.
The former heavyweight champion says psychedelics would have helped him with his mental health during his career. Some scientists and companies agree.
One of the consequences of the pandemic is the dramatic growth of Telehealth and Telemedicine. But how can doctors and providers best care for their patients when they are not physically in front of them? What do doctors wish patients knew in order to make sure they are getting the best results even though they are not actually in the office? How can Telehealth approximate and even improve upon the healthcare that traditional doctors’ visits can provide?
A bill to legalize possession of psychedelics in California was approved by the California Senate on Tuesday. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Scott Wiener (D), which previously cleared three committees, passed 21-16 on the floor.
On the day it opened in early May, Field Trip Health’s therapeutic facility in Houston’s uptown neighborhood looked a little like a high-end strip-mall spa. Dressed in a floral shirt, Matt Emmer, the company’s director of operations and business development, showed me the clinic’s amenities. Field Trip, which launched in 2019 in Toronto and began opening clinics across North America in 2020, offers patients what is currently the only psychedelic drug with Food and Drug Administration approval for prescription: the anesthetic ketamine.
Ketamine assisted psychotherapy is now approved for use in Canada, so yes, it is safe. Ketamine is the only psychedelic approved in Canada for use in treatment-resistant depression, though it’s been around since the 50’s. It’s a super fast-working therapy that has shown significant improvement in patients in just 24 hours! It can also be co-prescribed with other antidepressants for a more profound effect.
Medical scientists have caught on to the fact that cannabinoids help fight unwanted inflammation that contributes to many diseases. But the next anti-inflammatory wonder drug could come from an even more unexpected source: psychedelics.
One company pioneering the ketamine-assisted psychotherapy movement across North America is the psychedelic pioneers at Field Trip Health. They have opened several clinics across Canada and North America that, unlike other ketamine clinics, incorporate compassionate and comprehensive psychotherapy into the process. This guide explores their cutting-edge ketamine-assisted psychotherapy program for prospective clients and psychedelic enthusiasts alike.
Psychedelic drugs are helping people across Canada improve their mental health. Despite what your high school health teacher might have told you, a dose of ketamine, LSD or psilocybin (better known as magic mushrooms) – when administered in a controlled setting by a trained medical professional – can be highly effective in treating conditions like PTSD and depression.
“As a food, mushrooms have a lot of things going for them in terms of their nutritional value,” said Joshua Lambert, a co-director of the Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health at the Penn State College for Agricultural Sciences. “But one of the things we’re looking into are the other compounds that mushrooms and other plants have that may have significant health benefits.”
Mike Dow, host of TLC's 'Freaky Eaters,' has joined Field Trip Health, which describes ketamine as a protocol "designed to help those suffering from treatment-resistant depression, generalized anxiety disorder and trauma."
A recent study found that microdosing psychedelic drugs had beneficial psychological effects – but so did a placebo. That might seem like a dose of cold water for this promising area of mental health treatment, but DLSPH Adjunct Prof. Dr. Dominique Morisano, Chief Psychologist at Field Trip Health, sees it differently.
The most exciting aspect of this trial is a sense that we are on the verge of a paradigm shift in mental healthcare linked to an improved understanding of the origins of depression, and how we can most effectively treat it. In my view, this shift will take us away from an outdated and myopic “drug-alone” perspective that has dominated psychiatry for several decades, and towards a multi-level “biopsychosocial” model.
It’s been almost 80 years since that fateful first acid trip but it looks as if Hofmann’s “problem child” might be getting past the bumpy road stage and growing up to face a promising future. Which makes this Bicycle Day one of LSD’s best birthdays ever. At least so far.
To manage her stress and fears, Andrea Bird -- who is suffering from terminal cancer -- uses psychedelics, which are seeing a sudden re-emergence in Canada as a possible treatment for mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. The 60-year-old Canadian was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. Despite aggressive treatment, the disease returned five years later, spreading to her lungs, bones and brain.
“We are confident that this state-of-the-art facility and partnership with Field Trip will foster a wealth of innovation for the future of mental health research and therapies, even as we contribute to the regulatory framework that the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) is currently developing,” said Dale Webber, a professor, pro-vice-chancellor and principal at UWI.
Dr. Ben Medrano is psychiatrist and the medical director of Field Trip Health America. In an interview with The Dales Report last week, he shared some of the reasons behind his interest in the field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, as well as some information about depression and the treatment available at Field Trip’s New York location.
Field Trip Health announced Wednesday the closing of a CA$95 million ($76.5 USD million) offering. The raise is one of the largest in the sector’s history, and puts Field Trip’s cash on hand at roughly CA$113.7 million ($91.5 USD million).
Many people have a spiritual experience on psychedelics. How they make meaning of it could be influenced by the metaphysical beliefs of their therapists.
From approving religious exemptions to budgeting for medical research, advocates are hopeful that Biden and a Democratic Congress could mean progress for psilocybin and other therapeutic psychedelics
The world’s first legal research and cultivation facility dedicated to psilocybin-producing mushrooms and other plant-based psychedelics has opened in Mona, Jamaica. The facility, Field Trip Natural Products Limited Research and Development Laboratory for Psychedelic Fungi, is in partnership with Toronto-based Field Trip Health Ltd. and the University of West Indies (UWI).
A new partnership will see the world’s first legal research and cultivation facility dedicated exclusively to psilocybin-producing mushrooms and other plant-based psychedelics.
The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, has entered into a partnership with Canadian company Field Trip Ventures Inc., in a new research facility dedicated to psychedelic fungi. Field Trip Natural Products (Ja) Limited Research and Development Laboratory, was formally launched on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, in an event held at the Faculty of Science and Technology at the UWI.
We’re in a shroom boom. One company, Compass Pathways, which plans to offer magic mushroom therapy, listed on the Nasdaq in November with a $1 billion valuation. New funds like Atai are raising hundreds of millions to invest in psychedelics. New companies are listing, new training programmes for therapists are launching, new states are preparing to legalize or decriminalize psychedelics.
Regulators will soon grapple with how to safely administer powerful psychedelics for treating depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Researchers say psychedelics like ayahuasca, psilocybin, ketamine, ibogaine and 5-MeO-DMT prove so beneficial to professional athletes because they have the ability to heal. The sacrifice athletes of high-impact sports make to succeed goes beyond the personal and physical. Researchers have found that repeated head blows and concussions can have detrimental long-term effects on the brain—headaches, dizziness, forgetfulness, insomnia, anxiety, depression, aggression, and in some cases, the desire to kill oneself or others.
Master Corporal Scott Atkinson, a 25-year Canadian military veteran, today made an application to Health Canada for an exemption under Section 56 of The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to access psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy to treat his depression and other mental health conditions resultant from his long and distinguished military career, including active tours in the former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan.
Are apps the secret to better psychedelic experiences? Psychedelics advocates love to call substances like ayahuasca an “ancient technology.” Perhaps it’s due to the futuristic visions you see while under the influence; maybe the intensive focus on the present moment feels so new that you assume a crafty engineer has designed the experience. Regardless, cosmonauts know well the sensation of time distortion.
New research suggests that electrophysiological brain signals associated with neural plasticity could help explain the rapid, antidepressant effects of the drug ketamine. The findings, European Neuropsychopharmacology, indicate that ketamine could reverse insensitivity to prediction error in depression.
It has been a tumultuous year for the world at large, with COVID-19 necessitating sweeping changes to ways of life across nearly every geography and domain. Against this challenging backdrop, psychedelic medicine has gained a great deal of traction in 2020. Research and development—including clinical trials—has continued to gain momentum and maturity, while public opinion, regulatory bodies, and mainstream media outlets all appear to be increasingly amenable to the prospect of psychedelic medicines and therapies.
Psilocybin is known as the active compound in so-called “magic mushrooms”, yet most psilocybin used in clinical trials today is synthesized in laboratories without the use of biological material. As psychedelics-assisted therapy gains momentum, investors need to understand the difference between the current available means of obtaining psilocybin. Field Trip Health's Director of Research joins Benzinga to discuss future pathways & opportunities in the space.
Using talk therapy and supervised ketamine sessions to help patients battle anxiety and depression, Field Trip Health is leading the psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy movement across the United States.
Fran Pulido As an illustrator, you may have never dreamed of seeing your work published in an app. It’s time to overcome this prejudice. In this post, illustrator Fran Pulido explains how to shine in the digital product space — a world constantly demanding visually amazing experiences and talent — and uses the Trip App as a case study for excellence.
Field Trip Health Ltd. has signed a lease to open its first psychedelics-assisted therapy clinic in The Netherlands. This will be the first Field Trip clinic to offer psilocybin treatment, leveraging the fact that mushroom truffles containing psilocybin are not criminalized in The Netherlands.
According to Independent Consultant Mort Goldman, Pharm.D., “Ketamine is relatively short-acting, with an incredibly high level of safety. That’s why it’s a favorite among doctors as a procedural anesthetic.” That’s also why ketamine seems like one of the most reasonable solutions to treating mental and emotional distress in a time when few have access to—or money for—extended psychotherapy sessions that can stretch out for years.
Field Trip Health Ltd., a global leader in the development and delivery of psychedelic therapies, and WHOOP, the human performance company, today announced a partnership whereby Field Trip will be using WHOOP Strap 3.0 to measure the biometric effects of Field Trip’s psychedelic therapies.
As lockdown continues to put conversations about people’s mental health into the spotlight, Los Angeles-based opportunities to partake in psychedelic-assisted therapy are growing.
For many veterans of war, the battle continues even after they’ve returned home from combat. The Veterans Affairs Canada website estimates that up to 10% of their warzone veterans will suffer from PTSD or another mental health affliction, and are 14-19% more likely than the general Canadian population to commit suicide, according to their 2019 Veteran Sucide Report. While both medications and therapeutic interventions are available for this condition, they haven’t proven very effective.
Field Trip Health has shared renderings of their Jamaican facility with Psilocybin Alpha.
Oregon on Wednesday became the first state to legalize the active ingredient in so-called magic mushrooms on an election night that saw more states ease restrictions on drugs across the country.
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