Q: I want to study schedule I controlled substances. I want to study marijuana (cannabis), peyote, MDMA, psilocybin, LSD, ayahuasca/DMT and ibogaine, to start.
A: All of that is possible, but you should choose just one.
Q: OK, I want to study cannabis.
A: That’s actually one of the hardest. Please choose a better one.
Q: What’s so hard about cannabis?
A: Most cannabis research applications are ignored, or swatted away after being ignored and litigated and ignored some more. And if you somehow get approved, you will likely have to request the cannabis by and through the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), which provides all schedule I drugs. Here is a giant catalogue.
Q: OK, can you just confirm that cannabis is in there?
A: Yes. And I can tell you that cannabis is grown for NIDA on contract with the University of Mississippi. This is being done in violation of international law and the quality is famously poor, in any case (it’s more like hemp).
Q: OK, I want to study psilocybin then.
A: Good. People are doing that. And the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for one, is really into it.
Q: So it’s easy?