The University of Wisconsin-Madison has made a commitment to diversifying their psychedelic research. This is the latest in a series of moves by universities across the world to increase diversity in their research and education, especially when it comes to psychedelics.
The UW-Madison Is Diversifying Psychedelic Research is a blog post by the UW-Madison Department of Psychology. They are diversifying their research into psychedelic drugs and how they affect brain activity.
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The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) School of Pharmacy has announced a new addition to its facilities: the Transdisciplinary Center for Research on Psychoactive Substances, which recognizes the lack of diversity in psychedelic research.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a reputation for excellence and diversity, making it an excellent choice for growing the area of psychedelic research. In the Wall Street Journal’s 2022 College Rankings List, the school was rated 13th among American public colleges and 58th overall. Although UW-Madison is one of a tiny number of universities leading the way in a new age of psychedelic research, there has been study on these fascinating chemicals in some form for a long time.
The Beginnings of Modern Psychedelic Research that Has Been Documented
Albert Hoffman, a Swiss chemist, is credited with performing some of the first psychedelic studies. He was born on January 11, 1906. He was the first to manufacture, consume, and study the effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), as well as synthesis and isolate psilocybin, the active chemical component in magic mushrooms that causes intoxication. Hoffman had a long life, allegedly microdosing with LSD for the final three decades of his life until passing away on April 29, 2008, at the age of 102.
Thousands of studies have been conducted on LSD and psilocybin since they were first identified. Psychedelics, unlike cannabis, which has been banned in the United States since 1937, were not made illegal until the 1970s. Psychedelics and their study were not outlawed until former US President Richard Nixon put the strict Controlled Substances Act (CSA) into law in 1970.
Many various kinds of psychedelic substances were researched to better understand their hallucinogenic, mind-altering effects throughout the four decades of productive and plentiful psychedelic research. When people think of psychedelics, they usually think of LSD and magic mushrooms, but there are really a lot of other drugs that fall under this category. Let us look at a few of them.
LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) was highly popular in the 1960s and is still closely linked to the Woodstock period and hippie movement. It was initially synthesized in 1938, and since then, hundreds of experiments have been performed on it. Many individuals who use LSD report that it gives them a mind-opening and creative experience that lasts long after the drug’s effects have worn off.
Psilocybin is a serotoninergic psychedelic drug and a substituted tryptamine alkaloid that produces a psychedelic high comparable to LSD. Many individuals prefer psilocybin over synthetically generated psilocybin since it is produced naturally. Although the intoxication level is generally lower than that of LSD, there are many distinct kinds of psilocybin mushrooms, each with its own set of effects, some of which are very powerful.
MDMA, or 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, is a hallucinogenic substance that is often referred to as “ecstasy.” This psychedelic isn’t as potent as LSD or psilocybin, but it has comparable and potent effects in terms of joy, empathy, vitality, and changed senses. Ecstasy is a recreational substance often available at parties and is often linked with sociable people who love the party environment.
DMT stands for N,N-dimethyltryptamine, a substituted tryptamine present in both mammals and plants. DMT is produced from plants frequently found in the Amazon jungle and is utilized spiritually and recreationally in many instances. DMT has a powerful intoxicating impact, and it’s often linked with out-of-body experiences and breaking down barriers to self-discovery.
Iboga is a shrub belonging to the Apocynaceae family that may be found in the DRC, Gabon, and other parts of Africa. Throughout history, this evergreen plant has been used recreationally as well as ceremonially and ritually in different civilizations. Iboga is used to treat drug abuse/addiction, high blood pressure, nerve problems, HIV/AIDS, swine flu, fever, influenza, and more, in addition to its psychedelic effects.
Mescaline is a hallucinogenic protoalkaloid found in the peyote cactus, San Pedro cactus, Peruvian torch, and a variety of other cactus species. The drug induces a dream-like, mind-altering condition that has been characterized as pleasant, positive, cheerful, or enlightening. Mescaline causes a lot of individuals to have severe hallucinations.
Truffles are comparable to psilocybin mushrooms, but they are not the same. They’re psilocybin mushrooms’ sclerotias, which contain psilocybin and psilocin. They have gained in popularity throughout the world in recent years, producing powerful psychedelic effects comparable to mushrooms and MDMA.
A New Era in Psychedelic Research
The pursuit of knowledge and education by universities like UW-Madison continues to facilitate appropriate psychedelic research. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy will focus on the potential of psychedelics to play therapeutic roles for conditions such as opioid addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression, as psychedelic reform becomes a hot topic at both state and federal levels across the United States.
Unlike previous research, they will place a premium on participant diversity. According to media reports, Paul Hutson, the founding head of the center and a professor of pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, said,
“In studies of psilocybin and other hallucinogenic drugs, there is a significant disparity in the percentages of Black, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American study participants. In future psychedelic research, the institute will look for ways to increase the representation of minorities, the elderly, and other disadvantaged populations. Efforts to achieve these objectives are in line with ongoing research at the university on the role and effect of psychedelic chemicals in many cultures, particularly Indigenous communities.”
In many areas, psychedelic research is still stronger than research on cannabis treatments. While legislators’ worries about cannabis legalization often point to the need for further study, such research is seldom allowed. In Kansas, for example, cannabis reform isn’t even on the table, but the state is working on legislation to make it easier to do psychedelic research on drugs like MDMA, ketamine, DMT, and others.
Psychedelics have been present for thousands of years and are documented in some of humanity’s oldest history. Despite their widespread illegality, evidence suggests that psychedelic treatments, like cannabis therapies, may assist in a variety of ways with a variety of illnesses. We are getting closer to completely knowing the ins and outs of these intriguing drugs as more institutions devote appropriate resources to the scientific research of psychedelics.