Introducing Enthea

Enthea is a research project assessing the hypothesis that the world would be better if more people had experiences with psilocybin.

Psilocybin is the active compound in psychedelic mushrooms; it causes powerful hallucinogenic effects when ingested.

At the start of the project, my belief is that psilocybin is a useful drug. I believe that more psilocybin use would be good, both for the individuals using it and for society at large. The meat of this project is figuring out whether this belief is correct.

My initial positive impression comes from a first-pass look at the literature. In particular, Dos Santos et al. (2016) is a recent systematic review that notes the utility of psilocybin as a treatment for depression, anxiety, and alcohol & nicotine addiction. Griffiths et al. (2006) and its 14-month follow-up show psilocybin use to have powerful, enduring, positive effects on healthy subjects.

The first step of Enthea is a deeper dive into the literature about psilocybin's medical and super-medical impacts. If psilocybin still seems promising after this review, I'll consider paths to increased psilocybin usage (likely decriminalization or legalization). This second step will be less focused on evidence review, focusing instead on learning from members of the psychedelic and drug policy communities.

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