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Five Companies Developing Second Generation Psychedelics for Mental Health

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Along with the psychedelic renaissance came a new type of drug: second generation psychedelics. Developed from classic psychedelics molecules, these upgraded compounds could offer improved therapeutic profiles with reduced side effects. For some companies in the psychedelics space, second generation psychedelics could be the key to success in an increasingly competitive market.

What Are Second Generation Psychedelics?

Although the health benefits of psychedelics such as psilocybin, MDMA and LSD are widely recognized (and more with each passing day), there are also plenty of reasons to be cautious of their repeated use. The long-term effects of some psychedelics may not be totally clear and their regular use could have some unknown consequences, especially for those that agonize serotonin 5-HT2B receptors, which have been linked to heart valve disease.

In the case of longer-acting psychedelics like psilocybin, time can also be a problem, since therapy can take up to 8 hours a day and become an exhausting process to both patient and provider. Moreover, not all patients are crazy about the “trip” and its hallucinogenic effects, but could still benefit from the anti-depressive and anti-anxiety effects of the drugs.

Psychedelics 2.0 enter the picture to solve those problems: artificially developed molecules with the same benefits as traditional psychedelics, but without the drawbacks. Of course, there is also a financial incentive to these substances—since current psychedelic drugs cannot be patented, proprietary compounds mean a more than interesting investment opportunity.

That is why the biggest names in the industry are bringing new drugs into the game. In no particular order, meet 5 of those companies:

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Cybin (NYSE: CYBN) is widely known for being …

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Congress Under Pressure: Colorado Officials Push for Cannabis Banking Reform

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With the end of Congress’ session just around the corner, marijuana advocates, stakeholders and lawmakers continue to push for marijuana banking policy change.

This time, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) joined forces with Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera (D), Attorney General Phil Weiser (D), Treasurer Dave Young (D) and Department of Public Safety (DPS) Executive Director Stan Hilkey in urging congressional leaders to revisit the issue, reported Marijuana Moment.

In a letter sent on Monday to both House and Senate leaders, Colorado officials focused on the impact which a bipartisan marijuana banking bill will have in terms of public safety and industry equity,

“The lack of safe banking and financial services for the cannabis industry in the State of Colorado has become a dire public safety issue for highly regulated cannabis businesses operating in compliance with state …

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New Data Shows Weed Legalization a Boon for Real Estate, New Jobs and Tax Revenue

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A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank shed light on the economic impact marijuana legalization has had in recent years, reported Marijuana Moment. Policy changes on the state level have resulted in increased commercial real estate demand, as well as a surge in tax revenues while creating more jobs.

According to an analysis from the Kansas City arm of the Central Bank, which collected data from several states under its jurisdiction, the Tenth Federal Reserve District, the cannabis industry has become one of the main economic sectors positioned to grow substantially in the coming period.

“Overall, the marijuana industry has had a significant effect on the economies of Tenth District states in the initial years after legalization,” the report said. “The emergence of the industry has …

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Will Missouri Legalize Cannabis? Amendment 3 Suffers Another Attack This Time by State NAACP

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Cannabis legalization efforts in Missouri are under attack once again, this time by The Missouri State Conference of the NAACP.

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The Missouri NAACP, breaking with chapters in the St. Louis area is urging its members to vote against Amendment 3 on the Nov. 8 ballot, reported the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch.

The group announced Thursday that it believes recreational marijuana legalization, as it is proposed under Amendment 3, would prevent minorities from entering the cannabis industry. 

“Marijuana possession should not be a constitutional crime. Additionally, for years now, Black people, other minorities, and people who have been criminalized by marijuana laws in the past have been unable to enter the medical marijuana market,” the Missouri NAACP wrote. “That is not right. In an effort to prevent the permanent exclusion of minorities from the cannabis industry in the state of Missouri, the NAACP calls upon every voter to reject the criminalization of marijuana possession, de facto racist regulation of the cannabis market, and the wool being pulled over our eyes by the supporters of Amendment 3.”

Under Amendment 3, the first “comprehensive” cannabis business licenses would be provided to existing medical marijuana companies. 

The state’s chapter highlighted that the amendment “does not increase the number of available full market licenses” and claims that giving “micro” business licenses to disadvantaged groups makes a “very limited” program. 

According to Nimrod “Rod” Chapel Jr., president of the Missouri NAACP, members agreed last week …

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