10 Apr PSYCHEDELIC DRUGS “AS SAFE AS RIDING A BIKE” | THE INDEPENDENT
A feature article in The Independent profiles a Norwegian married couple and their goal of providing access to quality psychedelics. Clinical psychologist Pål-Ørjan Johansen and his wife Teri Kreb, a research fellow in the Department of Neuroscience at the Norway University of Science and Technology, aim to reform drug policy in the interest of scientific research and human rights. They established a non-profit foundation, EmmaSofia, to manufacture pharmaceutical-grade MDMA and psilocybin.
“Speaking on the website of the organisation the couple founded, Johansen, who has experience in providing treatments for anxiety disorders said: ‘Psychedelics often produce profound experiences while at the same time having a safety risk profile comparable to many activities of daily life, such as riding a bike or playing soccer.’
“Johansen says that through the use of MDMA and magic mushrooms he was able to treat his own alcohol addiction and, in an interview with Newsweek, highlights a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry which supports the idea that psychedelics could be useful in the treatment of heroin addiction.”