One of the United States’ most respected medical institutions has announced that it will be sinking its teeth into the field of psychedelics research. Johns Hopkins University will form the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research, funded by $17 million in donations from private sources. It may well be the largest research facility in the world to focus on the study of psychedelics.
“Our scientists have shown that psychedelics have real potential as medicine, and this new center will help us explore that potential,” said Paul B. Rothman, who is the dean of the medical faculty at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine.
The school has maintained a group to research psychedelics since 2000, but this latest move will allow it to conduct more substantial investigations.
Primary among its study priorities will be the effects of psilocybin on the brain and body — specifically, to see whether the substance could be of help in treating health conditions like opioid addiction, Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, post-treatment Lyme disease, and anorexia. The center will also explore whether there is a link to treating depression-concurrent alcoholism with medicinal psilocybin.
2019 has been a banner year for expanding access to psychedelics. In May,