Vicente LLP's Psychedelics & Emerging Therapies Update: January 2024

Sep 11, 2023

State News & Insights


Newly Decriminalized Psychedelic Shows Significant Promise With PTSD

Colorado's recent decriminalization of ibogaine, a natural psychedelic drug, sheds light on its therapeutic capabilities for PTSD and addiction. A Stanford study has demonstrated encouraging initial results, with veterans treated with ibogaine experiencing significant improvement in cognitive function.

Colorado Natural Medicine Health Act Tracker Produced by Vicente LLP and Psychedelic Alpha

Colorado's Natural Medicine Advisory Board met in January to formally adopt its first set of recommendations. This is a monumental step forward for Colorado’s Natural Medicine Health Program. Visit the Vicente LLP Natural Medicine Health Act Tracker to learn more.

Join the Movement to Support Safe, Equitable Access to Psychedelic Medicines in Colorado 

Healing Advocacy Fund Colorado (HAF) exists to support safe, equitable and effective implementation of the Natural Medicine Health Act, with the hope that Colorado can serve as a model for thoughtful and ethical reform. Grounded in values of safety, inclusivity, equity and responsibility, the organization intends to foster opportunities for community participation as this implementation journey unfolds. 

  • Sign up for HAF’s newsletter for news, updates, events and research around the implementation of the NMHA 
  • Interested in being a part of the Proposition 122 Implementation Coalition? Fill out this brief survey from HAF 
  • Donate to HAF. Your charitable donation supports safe, equitable access to psilocybin therapy for those who need it. 

Federal News & Insights

New Psychedelic Bill Introduced in California to Permit Access to Psychedelic Therapy

The bill would set up a board of psychedelic facilitators to oversee the program. The program seems to be similar to Colorado, except there are no personal use provisions and the bill includes the addition of MDMA as a potential substance. Click here to read more.

International News & Insights

A New Collective Statement from the Curanderos and Curanderas of North Peru

The Huachuma Collective, a Peru-based nonprofit association that cares for the bio-cultural sustainability of the San Pedro Cactus (Huachuma), recently released a statement calling “on practitioners of San Pedro ceremonies in Peru and around the world to stop using wild San Pedro and instead start cultivating the plant en masse from cuttings and seeds.” 

Huachuma Collective is raising funds to build their wild seed bank, establish a nursery, and plant 100,000 San Pedro seeds in Peru. Donate now to support their efforts. 

Miscellaneous News & Insights

Microdosing Collective Chronic Headaches Study Seeking Participants 

Are you 18 or older, suffer from chronic headaches, and have used psychedelics during the period when you’ve experienced these headaches? You may be eligible to participate in an observational research survey on chronic headaches and psychedelics supported by The Microdosing Collective. The study aims to understand how people are using psychedelics to treat their chronic headaches.  

Click here to learn more and register as a participant! 

Support Microdosing Research and Advocacy Efforts

The Microdosing Collective is leading a coordinated strategy around changes to state and federal policy to support the legalization of microdosing, starting with psilocybin. The public health potential of microdosing is undeniable, but your support is needed. Support research and advocacy efforts with a donation to the Microdosing Collective today. 

HAF Releases Client Education Guide: Empowering Prospective Clients for Improved Safety

The Oregon Psilocybin Services Client Guide is an introduction to Oregon’s state-regulated psilocybin services program. This guide has been designed for individuals interested in accessing psilocybin services. It contains information on the basics of the Oregon program, understanding the limits of psilocybin usage and adverse events, mental health, family history, and medical considerations, resources to find and assess service centers and facilitators, and more. Click here to access the guide.


February 29 | Colorado Natural Medicine Update: Tea, Cookies and Community

You're invited to Colorado Natural Medicine Update: Tea, Cookies and Community on February 29! We are co-hosting this gathering with the Healing Advocacy Fund (HAF) on Thursday, February 29, 2024, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. MT. Let’s connect, dig in, and learn more about the latest updates with the Colorado Natural Medicine Health Act and what to expect in the upcoming legislative session. Click here to register.

March 9 | SXSW 

Vicente LLP psychedelics attorneys Joshua Kappel and Shawn Hauser were selected to speak on separate panels on March 9 during the Psychedelics Track at SXSW 2024. Click here to learn more about their sessions.

April 27-28 | Psychedelic Culture 2024 

Chacruna Institute's Psychedelic Culture 2024 welcomes Vicente LLP as a sponsor this year! Look out for our attorneys Joshua Kappel and Barine Majewska who will be attending the conference to represent the firm. Click here to register for the conference.  


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