After two decades in the legal cannabis world, the co-founder of Tokyo Smoke will announce his first foray into psychedelics on Monday. Mr. Gertner will become chairman of a new company devoted to producing pharmaceutical products with psilocybin - the psychoactive (and still broadly illegal) substance that occurs naturally in certain mushrooms - as a core ingredient.
Study participants at some of the country's leading medical research centers are going through intense therapy and six-hour psychedelic journeys deep into their minds to do things like quit smoking and worry less.
Drugs are powerful. This is one reason we, as a culture, like to place each drug into a specific category: healing or harming, licit or illicit, medicine or poison.