In the 1950s and 1960s, plenty of psychedelic research took place in France. Today, however, all psychedelics are classified as illegal in France. In some cases, ketamine can be prescribed to treat PTSD and depression.

Psychedelics in France: A Brief History

Roger Heim is one of the most well-known French contributors to the world of psychedelics. Heim was a botanist that specialized in mycology and famously studied alongside R. Gordon Wasson in Mexico in the 1950s. While in Mexico, Heim collected and identified many species of psilocybe mushrooms. Upon his return to France, Heim was the first person to cultivate psychedelic mushrooms in the lab. Thanks to his work, Albert Hoffman was later able to isolate and identify psilocybin and psilocin from these mushrooms at Sandoz Labs.

In 1958, the world’s first clinical trials with psilocybin took place at the Sainte-Anne hospital in Paris and were led by Professor Jean Delay. A case study investigating the use of psilocybin in a woman with anorexia and comorbid depression by this research group was recently translated to English.

Psychedelics in France Today

Clinical research with psychedelics in France is yet to reach the heights that we are seeing in other countries. However, there are a number of researchers exploring psychedelics in France through the lens of anthropology and sociology. Some researchers of note Zoë Dubus, Martin Fortier, Élise Grandgeorge, Vittorio Biancardi and Vincent Verroust.

Key Organisations

The Société Psychédélique Française (French Psychedelic Society) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to disseminating information on psychedelics throughout French society and culture. The organisation was founded by Vincent Verroust in 2017 and provides important information on psychedelic publications, opinion pieces and the running of events in order to increase the probability of a wider cultural acceptance of psychedelics, and finally, clinical research on psychedelics in France.

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