DEA Proposes Significant Increase in Psilocybin, Ibogaine, and THC Manufacturing for Research

Hey there, fellow enthusiasts! Today, we’re diving into an exciting development that’s shaking up the world of weed – the DEA’s proposal to dramatically boost the production of psilocybin, ibogaine, and for research purposes in . Buckle up, as we explore this game-changing move that’s poised to take the cannabis industry to new heights.

A Closer Look at the DEA’s Bold Proposal

So, what’s all the buzz about? The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has laid out an ambitious plan to crank up the production of various marijuana compounds and psychedelics, such as psilocybin and ibogaine. Why, you ask? Well, it’s all in the name of advancing research and clinical trials surrounding these substances.

The Magic Mushroom Marvel

Let’s start with the beloved magic . The DEA is aiming to nearly double the production of psilocybin, psilocyn, and delta-9 THC for 2023. That’s right, folks, we’re talking about an increase from 8,000 grams to a whopping 15,000 grams of psilocybin. And that’s not all – psilocyn gets a boost from 12,000 grams to 24,000 grams. Now that’s what I call a fungi-filled future!

Ibogaine’s Moment in the Spotlight

But wait, there’s more! Ibogaine, the lesser-known psychedelic, is also getting its time to shine. The DEA wants to produce a staggering 150 grams of ibogaine, which is five times more than what was proposed in December 2022. It seems like this unique compound is making waves in the world of research.

The THC Twist

While the DEA isn’t changing its 6.7 million-gram quota for marijuana in 2023, it’s calling for the manufacturing of 628,460 grams of delta-9 THC, a 63 percent increase from the previous proposal of 384,460 grams. That’s a whole lot of THC, my friends!

Going Beyond with Tetrahydrocannabinol

Hold onto your hats because we’re about to dive into the world of “other tetrahydrocannabinol.” The DEA is eyeing a colossal 2,233 percent increase, with a proposed quota of 350,000 grams. This unexpected surge in production showcases the ’s commitment to supporting research with schedule I controlled substances.

Why the Surge in Production?

You might be wondering why the sudden increase in manufacturing quotas for these substances. Well, it all ties into the ongoing administrative review of cannabis’s scheduling status. The DEA is actively considering a from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule III under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). With potential federal approvals for psychedelics like psilocybin and MDMA for mental health treatments on the horizon, research is more critical than ever.

DEA’s New Quotas: The Big Picture

DEA’s proposed increases in production quotas aren’t just about meeting demand; they reflect the estimated needs of the U.S. in terms of , scientific, research, and industrial purposes. These changes demonstrate the agency’s dedication to advancing research with schedule I controlled substances.

What the Numbers Say

To give you a clearer picture, let’s break down the proposed quotas for some key substances:

  • Psilocybin: 15,000 grams (up from 8,000 grams)
  • Psilocyn: 24,000 grams (doubled from 12,000 grams)
  • Delta-9 THC: 628,460 grams (a 63 percent increase)
  • Ibogaine: 150 grams (five times the previous proposal)
  • All other tetrahydrocannabinol: 350,000 grams (a massive 2,233 percent increase)

These numbers reflect the growing interest in researching psychedelics and the changing landscape of the cannabis industry.

The Cannabis Connection

While the spotlight is on psychedelics, it’s worth noting that the cannabis industry is also experiencing significant growth. The 6.7 million-gram quota for marijuana in 2023 is more than double what it was in 2022 and a significant leap from 2021. This increase can be attributed to the authorization of additional cultivators at the beginning of the year, allowing for more research and federal marijuana supply contracts.

DEA’s Commitment to Research

DEA often cites its schedule I drug production quotas as evidence of its support for rigorous research into these substances. However, the agency has faced criticism in the past for actions that some view as hindering research efforts. Fortunately, there have been recent positive developments, such as the withdrawal of a proposed ban on psychedelic compounds with research value.

Challenges on the Horizon

As the DEA reevaluates marijuana’s scheduling, bipartisan House lawmakers have urged the agency to consider congressional and legalization efforts. They emphasize the limitations of simple rescheduling and advocate for a complete of marijuana from the CSA. On the other side of the aisle, some Republican lawmakers have pushed for maintaining the most restrictive classification for marijuana.

The Future of Cannabis Research

In conclusion, the DEA’s proposal to increase the production of psilocybin, ibogaine, and THC for research purposes marks an exciting turning point for the cannabis industry. As we move forward, the landscape of cannabis and psychedelic research is poised for transformation, with potential breakthroughs on the horizon. It’s a thrilling time to be part of this ever-evolving journey.


Before we wrap things up, I’d like to extend our appreciation to Kyle Jaeger for bringing us this insightful report. Thanks to his dedication to cannabis news, we can stay informed and excited about the future of research in the cannabis world.

And there you have it, my friends – a comprehensive look at the DEA’s proposal and its implications for the cannabis industry. Until next time, stay informed, stay curious, and keep blazing those trails of knowledge.

Rosemary Puffman
I'm Rosemary, a staunch supporter of cannabis legalization and its potential benefits. My roles as a writer, cannabis entrepreneur, and informed investor allow me to contribute to the evolving narrative around cannabis. Through my writing, I aim to destigmatize and educate, while my business ventures and strategic investments align with my belief in the positive impact of responsible cannabis use.

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