Psilocybin and the “Right to Try Act”

Psilocybin and the “Right to Try Act”

On Wednesday, May 29th, 2018, President Donald Trump signed the “Right to Try Act,” a measure aimed at helping terminally ill patients access to drug treatments that are yet to be fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). How does the newly passed “Right to Try Act” affect psilocybin?

Psilocybin is an “Eligible Investigation Drug” under the Right to Try Act

Notably, the new law allows those with life-threatening diseases to use an “eligible investigation drug” that has not received full approval from the FDA. The term ‘eligible investigational drug’ as defined by the new law means a drug:

“. . .(A) for which a Phase 1 clinical trial has been completed . . . [or several other criteria have been met].”

Phase 1 clinical trials have been conducted for psilocybin

Phase 1 clinical trials have been conducted for each of psilocybin, cannabis, and MDMA. (MDMA has also gone through Phase 2 trials.)  These substances appear to be eligible investigation drugs under the new law. Accordingly, terminally ill patients would be able to access those drugs.

What does this mean?

Obviously the new law does not bring psychedelic drugs into mainstream culture. Rather, the new law only provides access to a small group of terminally ill patients. Either way, the passage of this law represents a significant departure from the Fed’s position that psilocybin, cannabis, and MDMA are “substances, or chemicals … with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”  See DEA Drug Scheduling.  For many, this is perceived as the first step in correcting mistakes made in scheduling several promising drug treatments.

What do you think?

Please feel free to provide your feedback below — especially if you have some perspective on how this law may be interpreted in the future.  For example, are “magic mushrooms” eligible under the new law — or only psilocybin (there’s a difference).

6 thoughts on “Psilocybin and the “Right to Try Act”

  1. Fran Ephgrave Reply

    If you are terminally ill or have any condition that has no cure or current drugs offer no relief you should have the right to ANYTHING!

    • Michele Reply

      Jay; you can try whatever the ‘F’ you want. The way I see it, you’re not in midlife holding a career while raising a family under the umbrella of “staying clean, healthy eating etc”
      Post retirement or entering into the “terminally ill” age should be a time to experiment with any drug you wish. When else is the right time? Really. I’m 50, and have only tried edible THC in small doses.
      My motto is as soon as I feel I’m close to the end, bring out the Heroin! LOL.
      Peace be with you Jay.

  2. Beverly Stoneman Reply

    This is fantastic!!! I believe it is our right as human beings to try whatever we want, especially if we are terminally ill. My experience may help someone else…that is amazing. I suffer from severe depression and anxiety to the point that I cannot live a normal life. If there is something out there that could help me, why would I be denied trying it?!?! The medications that I have tried over the years have caused horrible side effects that were worse than the panic attacks. Therapy helps but what happens when you cannot afford therapy?! Please continue these studies for all human kind.

  3. Michele Reply

    Aren’t diabetics dependent or addicted to their insulin? – think about it

  4. Laurie Randall Reply

    I am dieing because I have COPD and I also suffer from chronic pain in my knee from knee replacement. Am I eligible to try magic mushroom nasal spray? Or pills? I am 66 and I also have anxiety and severe depression.

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