“Psychedelics: The Next Wave For Investors?
It’s a wild time to invest in alternative medicine — just think about how much wealth has come from the widespread legalization of CBD and expanded access to full-spectrum cannabis in recent years. As we observe the successes and failures from these first-wave ventures, investors are now identifying a natural link to the early (yet potentially explosive) world of commercial psychedelics.
Why? Similarly to how people are using cannabis and CBD to treat themselves, these compounds are positioned to become the next big thing in mental health treatment.
Psilocybin, LSD and MDMA are being recommended as potential treatments for anxiety, depression and C/PTSD by a growing number of reputable institutions, with research indicating that these compounds could also have far-reaching effects for people struggling with substance abuse, smoking addiction or processing grief. The psychedelic-psychiatric breakthrough happens when you take one of these drugs, resulting in a dissolution of the ego, which can lead to a new perception of reality and one’s place within it.”
“An investing gold rush is coming for psychedelics.
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.
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.
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.