Imagine beginning your day with a fresh, steaming cup of psilocybin-infused coffee. Before long, such a routine could be possible – at least in the city of Denver, Colorado.
Following the historic decriminalization of psilocybin, or “magic mushrooms,” Sträva Craft Coffee has taken steps to normalize safe, regular, and sub-perceptual psychedelic use. As the company’s press release says, “By incorporating microdoses of psilocybin into coffee and tea, Sträva aims to empower consumers with access to natural compounds which may offer life changing benefits.”
Sträva has past experience delivering on-trend beverages to the public. The company already serves a CBD-infused coffee. However, infusing coffee beans with psilocybin is a first. As The Third Wave reports, the move fits neatly into Sträva’s ethos which is based on responsible, sustainable cultivation and the delivery of innovative, infused coffee.
Sträva’s CEO, Andrew Aamot, views the launch of the coffee is an opportunity to begin a larger discussion on the use of psilocybin. Similar to cannabis, stigma surrounding the psychedelic fungi has lessened in recent years following scientific research concluding magic mushrooms to be a potential remedy for PTSD, anxiety, and even depression. By serving psilocybin-infused coffee, says Aamos, both wellness and principle are promoted.
“Just as cannabis has been misunderstood and controversial for decades,” he says in the press release, “psilocybin from mushrooms has been equally polarizing, yet proponents of both suggest they each can contribute meaningfully to the human experience. As the research is showing, with measured consumption, cannabis and psilocybin can both promote physiological, mental, and spiritual health.”
“Some of these botanicals [hemp, CBD, and now psilocybin] belong in these daily habits,” Aamos continues. “They present an opportunity for a beverage that is approachable and familiar and allows us to deliver more value to the consumer, to help them live a better day.”
Research continues to illustrate the potential of microdosing. For instance, a study organized by the Dutch Psychedelic Society linked microdosing of psilocybin with an increase in reactive problem solving. Researchers discovered that after a single microdose of psilocybin, both convergent thinking (standard problem solving) and divergent thinking (complex problem solving) improved in most participants. Intriguingly, research also suggests that one microdose of psilocybin can have an immediate and positive effect on how we organize and process information.
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While regulatory matters still need to be addressed, Sträva aims to begin offering coffee and tea with a psilocybin microdose as soon as late 2020 or early 2021. “I see my role and the role of Sträva,” Aamos explains, “as incorporating psilocybin into a conversation that makes it easier for people to relate to. We want the conversations around psilocybin to mirror those around marijuana — what are the benefits?”
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