Spirituality

Psychedelic salon looks to the possibility of sacred healing

“We’re seeing the emergence of a psychedelic religion or religious culture,” said Gary Laderman, a religion scholar at Emory University in Atlanta who teaches a popular course called “Sacred Drugs.”  The first EntheoCon, advertised as a “psychedelic salon,” held Aug. 20, 2022, was organized by a new network of advocates… who aim to create awareness about…

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Anthropology

Aspen, Colorado activists pursue psychedelics decriminalization for 2023 ballot as voters prepare to decide on statewide 2022 legalization measure

…the brainchild of a working group that was formed last year after the Aspen City Council met to discuss possible psychedelics reform… …while local lawmakers declined to take action, advocates drew lessons from other cities across the U.S. that have decriminalized psychedelics and created their own ballot measure that was certified for signature gathering earlier…

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Spirituality

Psychedelics as a sacrament? Lawsuit says drugs are a religious right

Jesse Choper, another law expert at UC-Berkeley, [said] that the religion argument might work. …church has about 60,000 members… “a nondenominational, interfaith religious organization that supports the use and safe access” of certain natural psychedelics, according to its website. In the lawsuit, it outlined what it calls the “sacramental use” of cannabis, mushrooms and other…

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Psychology

Addiction recovery services receive funding from M110

Dave: And you’re saying that there’s going to be more access to services like this, which actually does seem to be helpful in terms of meth addiction more from Measure 110 directly as a result? Tera: Contingency management, at the core, basically encourages and incentivizes folks to stay off of meth by offering sometimes financial…

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Modern Culture

The rise of casual shrooms

Many mushroom users are treating them less as self-growth substances, and more as some fun… how has this happened and what does it all mean… I dived into the rise of the casual mushroom user to find out. James Morsh… tells me that, “Mushrooms have almost become a staple in the ‘sesh diet’ in certain social…

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Modern Culture

Booze traded for psychedelics at weddings

…interesting trend – trading mushrooms for booze. Lots of folks… don’t want that awful champagne hangover the next day, so they’re choosing to party with mushrooms… usually in the form of tasty chocolates. …for lots of folks it’s just a pleasurable experience… within limits. Beats getting drunk. The rub, of course, is that when someone…

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Biography/Memoir

You can buy magic mushroom candy bars over the counter…

In the wake of… decision to decriminalize naturally occurring psychedelics – including psilocybin, the active… compound found in shrooms – the options for obtaining the popular psychedelic have grown considerably.  For example, acquiring a chocolate bar stuffed with dried psilocybe cubensis mushrooms was as simple as driving to one of the… retailers listed on the website……

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Biography/Memoir

Replacing prozac with…

It took 30 years for the chemical imbalance in the brain causing depression myth to be fully recognized as pseudoscience and dangerously misleading to consumers… When “effective,” [Danielle Schlosser, psychologist and senior vice president of Compass Pathways, and Thomas R. Insel, former director of the U.S. National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) and consultant to…

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Biography/Memoir

The Black mothers finding freedom in mushrooms: ‘They give us our power back

Sunumi Jackson, an entheogen educator, wants to change the thinking: “Mushrooms have no race,” she said. On a typical day, she said, she consumes .1 to .2 grams of mushrooms. She primarily uses mushrooms to decrease symptoms of depression. Jackson believes that microdosing should be used to address intergenerational trauma… like many women in the… microdosing community,…

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Science

Psilocybin… promise for treating alcohol addiction…

Alcohol misuse kills around 95,000 people in the U.S. every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, shortening lives by an average 26 years. “One of the reasons is to prevent it from being grabbed by other people who might use it to get a monopoly and make it harder for people to receive this treatment,”…

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