An investing gold rush is coming for psychedelics. One line from a neuroscientist on their life-changing power explains why.

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Psychedelic comes from the Greek for “mind
manifests.”
 

Signs point to a whole lot of minds manifesting soon.

The first-ever venture capital firm dedicated to psychedelics

just launched
. Investors claim it’s the “next wave” after the
cannabis boom, which has quickly turned into a
$50 billion
industry. Often thought of as
a party drug
, a wave of research is finding that in clinical
settings, the hallucinogens can be
tremendously therapeutic
in the way they reshape (self)
perception.

A while back, I
interviewed
Enzo Tagliazucchi, now at the Goethe University in
Germany, one of the neuroscientists driving
the research revolution in psychedelics.

He explained to me that a psychedelic experience, like with LSD
or psilocybin (the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms”), has the
power of “extracting the patient from his or her usual patterns of
thought,” which in turn allows them to contemplate “them from a
vantage point.” 

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The category of drugs has been used with many clinical
populations, including people with substance dependencies or mood
disorders. Perhaps most poignantly, it’s been shown to be a
powerful treatment for people facing
terminal cancer,
research that reveals one of the key
mechanisms by which the drugs help people. (Still, research in the
US remains woefully slim — the government lists psychedelics as
Schedule 1 drugs, making them illegal for consumption, possession,
or medical study.)

Patients go through what’s technically called “ego
dissolution,”
and it’s a life-changing experience.

Tagliazucchi continued:

The user feels the boundaries between his or
her body and the rest of the universe dissolve, and becomes ‘one’
with the surroundings … This might lead to feelings of
transcendence or permanence in the patients, making them realize
that even after their death they will still be part of something
‘larger.’

And with that, everything can change.


Anxiety abates.


Smoking cessates.


Depression lifts.

How to
change your mind
, indeed.

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just launched the first VC dedicated exclusively to psychedelics,
which they call the ‘next wave’ after the cannabis
boom


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An investing gold rush is coming for psychedelics. One line from a neuroscientist on their life-changing power explains why.