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Tim Ferriss just helped launch the world's first research center dedicated to turning psychedelics into medicines

Tim Ferriss just helped launch the world's first research center dedicated to turning psychedelics into medicines
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The world's first research hub dedicated exclusively to psychedelics opens on Friday with backing from author and entrepreneur Tim Ferriss.




Located in London, the new center will be ground zero for studying the potential of turning drugs like ecstasy and magic mushrooms into medical treatments.




It's called the Imperial Center for Psychedelic Research, and it was funded with nearly $4 million from donors.




Scientists at the center will focus on using psychedelics to treat thorny brain diseases like depression, anxiety, and anorexia.




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One podcast episode was all it took to hook the best-selling author and investor Tim Ferriss on the topic of psychedelics.
For one of his recent shows, Ferriss interviewed author Michael Pollan about his latest book, "How to Change Your Mind," which details Pollan's experiences trying several psychedelic drugs including magic mushrooms and LSD. After talking through Pollan's trips and diving into the science of how the drugs appear to impact the brain, Ferriss' interest was piqued.
On Friday, with Ferriss' financial backing, researchers will open the doors to the world's first research hub dedicated exclusively to psychedelics.
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