Oregon Issues First License to Manufacture Psychedelic Mushrooms

Β The Oregon Health Authority gave the first licenses to companies making psychedelic mushrooms this week. The first went to Satori Farms PDX on Wednesday, 22 March 2023, and the second to Satya Therapeutics on Thursday, 23 March 2023.

Since voters approved a plan for legal psilocybin use in the state in 2020, this is the next step in a program the state has been building from the ground up. Earlier this month, students began to graduate from psilocybin facilitator programs.

According to ORDHS, Oregon’s psilocybin law allows people to take the substance created by a licensed facility in a licensed service center under the watch of a certified facilitator.

Oregon Issues First License to Manufacture Psychedelic Mushrooms

So far, the Oregon Health Authority has not given licenses to any service centers, facilitators, or laboratories needed to test the substance. But they are coming soon.

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Angie Allbee, manager of Oregon’s Psilocybin Services Section, said Thursday that they plan to give licenses to a lab, a service center, and facilitators in the next few weeks.

In a statement, Allbee congratulated Tori Armbrust, the owner of Satori Farms PDX β€œfor being issued the first psilocybin license in Oregon’s history and for representing women leading the way for the emerging psilocybin ecosystem.”

β€œWe are committed to fostering an inclusive partnership with our regulated community to ensure safe, effective and equitable psilocybin services throughout the state,” Allbee added.

Tori Armbrust holds some psilocybin at Satori Farms, the first legal producer in Oregon.

Armbrust said Thursday that her facility in Southeast Portland was about 1,000 square feet.

She is the only one working for the company right now, and she said she plans to keep it that way for a while. Unlike cannabis, growing psilocybin leaves a smaller footprint and takes less time.

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Armbrust said, “From start to finish, the process takes about a month and a half.”

The size of Satya Therapeutics in Medford is about the same. The only person who works for the company is its owner, Andreas Met.

“We are in a 100-plus-year-old barn,” he said, “about 4,000 square feet.” But he said, “This barn’s 1,200 square feet are the “licensed premises.”

After the mushrooms are harvested, they are dried. Then, a third-party lab will have to test them. Both Satori and Satya are only selling dried mushrooms for the time being. Satya also wants to make gummies and chocolates in the future.

Met said it was still unclear how big the industry would get, but he thought it would be smaller than cannabis, where he said, “I started a company from scratch and ended up with over 100 employees.”

Still, he said he thought he would have ten workers in a year.

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