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Belleville’s Loyalist College has jumped into the research, becoming the first college in Canada to receive a licence from Health Canada to work with psilocybin.
“This was a natural extension of our cannabis license and it gave us the opportunity to make an impact in the research community in psychedelics,” said Carly Kelly, senior manager of applied research and innovation at the college.
But what does applied research at the college level look like for students?
They’ll get to take part in and get credit for supporting real-world research to help companies who are developing products.
Loyalist College’s labs will focus on two key pillars.
“Safety and consistency. There is a very large gap in research that needs to be addressed, and we hope to play a part in that,” Kelly said.
Safety and consistency are especially important with psilocybin, according to Kelly, because the psychoactive chemicals are quite unstable, which makes it difficult to nail down dosages for clinical use.