The Psychedelic Boom Could be Bigger than Cannabis

The psychedelics boom may be even more profitable than cannabis.

Granted, such drugs have been written off for years.

But that may not be the case for much longer.  With many like LSD, MDMA, and psilocybin showing promise for treating a range of mental and health conditions, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, opioid addiction, alcoholism, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, smoking, and perhaps even obesity, the ban could soon be lifted.

Johns Hopkins Medicine, for example just announced the launch of the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research to study compounds like LSD and psilocybin to treat a range of mental health problems, including anorexia, addiction and depression.  Psychiatrists at Johns Hopkins University even found that mushrooms can help with smoking cessation, and another study found it can assist with alcohol dependence.

Researchers from the University of California David found that micro-dosing with psychedelic drugs for a prolonged period of time showed promise.  “Our study demonstrates that psychedelics can produce beneficial behavioral effects without drastically altering perception, which is a critical step towards producing viable medicines inspired by these compounds,” said David Olson of UC Davis, as quoted by Esquire.

Even states are waking up to the opportunity.

Denver, Oakland, and Santa Cruz just decriminalized the possession of products containing psilocybin or psilocin. Washington, D.C. could be next.  As studies uncover the potential value of psychedelics, it could lead to another sizable boom – bigger than cannabis.