Psychedelics at a Crossroads: We Need Constructive Not Extractive Capital

In her recent thoughtful and well-researched article for Vice, Shayla Love asked, “Is it possible to create an ethical psychedelics company?” A lot of focus in the psychedelics space over the last few months has centered around the unethical behavior of select companies—David himself has weighed in. Our take is that it’s not only possible to create an ethical psychedelics company,

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Sounding the Alarm on Compass’s Interference with Oregon’s Psilocybin Therapy Program

It’s time to publicly call out the for-profit psychedelic pharma company Compass Pathways, for their monopolistic and shady behavior. This Vice article, “Can a Company Patent the Basic Components of Psychedelic Therapy”, details their recent attempts to patent a clinical setting with mood lighting, soft furniture, subdued colors and a good sound system. This was after they tried to patent psilocybin synthesis in a way that would occupy the field and prevent awesome nonprofit drug development companies like Usona and B-more,

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Reflecting On MAPS’ 34-Year History and What’s Ahead

It’s with a sense of gratitude and shared purpose that I’m reaching out to Dr. Bronner’s Heal Soul Blog readers.  I am grateful for the long-term strategic and philanthropic support that MAPS has received from David Bronner and the Bronner family, which is made possible by Dr. Bronner’s international community of employees, vendors and customers. The support MAPS has received is pivotal to our ability to gather data on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD,

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Heal Soul! Victories for Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy and Drug Policy Reform

We’re celebrating the successful passage of two ballot initiatives that Dr. Bronner’s funded as part of our Heal Soul campaign, which supports public education efforts, advocacy organizations, and political campaigns around the country working to mainstream psychedelic-assisted therapy and medicines to treat depression, PTSD, addiction, and end-of-life anxiety. Both the Oregon Psilocybin Therapy Initiative Yes on 109 in Oregon,

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Ending the War at Home: Saving the Lives of Our Veterans with Psychedelic Therapy

I never saw war coming. Not 9/11, not the conflicts overseas, and certainly not the war that would begin in our own home when we transitioned out of the SEAL teams. The “war after the war” first began between Marcus and me. We were in regular opposition: confused, misinformed—passionate, but misaligned. I was great at shame,

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Dr. Bronner’s Voter Guide

Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day, and this is your last chance to vote in state and federal elections. Did Election Day sneak up on you? You’re not alone! There may still be time to cast a ballot in your state through same-day registration and in-person voting at your local polling location. Click here to learn more about your state: https://www.eac.gov/voters/register-and-vote-in-your-state While we’ve been saturated with news for months about the high-profile races for the White House,

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Keeping What’s Sacred, Sacred Through Unity

Help preserve sacred Peyote medicine and strengthen the Indigenous sovereignty of traditional medicine keepers—contribute to IPCI’s crowdfunding campaign today! Proceeds will help build the Peyote Nursery & Welcome Center, lease land from ranchers to reconnect Indigenous communities with spiritual and sustainable harvest of the Medicine, and fund Indigenous pilgrimages to the Peyote gardens to deepen their relationship to the Medicine through educational programming.

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One Mother’s Journey to Healing Depression with Plant Medicines

“What are the moms at school going to say about this?” I thought last December, as I prepared to submit paperwork in support of Decriminalize Nature DC, a ballot initiative that would decriminalize natural psychedelics like psilocybin and ayahuasca in Washington, DC. Those moms knew me as the Budget Officer for DC’s Department of Energy &

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A Case for Legally Regulated Psilocybin Therapy

Oregon’s Measure 109 Provides the Model Oregon’s Mental Health Crisis If you happen to live in Portland, Oregon, you see it every day. Real people, abandoned to the streets, living in tents, sinking deeper into addictions and despair. The situation throughout our state, while less visible, is no less severe. One in six Oregonians struggle with mental illness,

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