Spirituality

District Attorney drops felony drug charge against… mushroom [church], citing voter legalization of psilocybin

At an arraignment hearing, a representative of the… District Attorney’s Office said the case was being dismissed against Ben Gorelick “in the interest of justice.” Carolyn Tyler, a spokesperson for the DA’s office, said the dismissal came about “in light of the voters’ decision”… Gorelick was arrested in February after police raided a warehouse in…

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Biography/Memoir

…implications… shops selling psilocybin mushrooms

No retail mushroom stores are permitted under the [Oregon M109 or M110] law. But… Shroom House has at least demonstrated that such a business can exist without hastening the end of civilization. “We haven’t seen any people admitted to hospitals or arrested; it shows hundreds or thousands of people can purchase psilocybin, go do it…

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Biography/Memoir

Oregon congressman… the trend will ‘continue’

“I still think these are the greatest thing since sliced bread,” Marty Clements says about the mushrooms. He takes a prescription bottle out of his bag, opens it and takes a couple of squares of psilocybin chocolate into his hands. He puts the chocolate back in the bottle and snaps the lid shut. Since Marty…

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Medicine/Healing

US Department of veteran affairs (VA)… psychedelic… guidance to protect veterans who use… psilocybin

Ilse Wiechers, deputy executive director of VA’s Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, provided insights into the department’s thinking on psychedelics… …says the agency is keeping a “very close eye” on psychedelics research and policy amid the growing reform movement, and that includes exploring issuing new guidance to ensure that veterans are protected from…

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Psychology

What psychedelics can teach us about human connection…

… there is a new, tsunami-like wave of interest in the use of psychedelic[s]… as a compliment to traditional therapy, with new studies published weekly and research centers opening worldwide. This energy is picking up where research left off prior to policy changes in the 1970s, before which psychedelics had been intensively studied for the treatment of…

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Biography/Memoir

Oregon psilocybin bills… [three in 2023]

[Three] psilocybin [related] bills [two psilocybin cubensis related (SB’s) and one psilocybin related (HB)] introduced for 2023… [SB 302, SB 303] & [HB 2831] which would repeal Oregon’s pioneering drug decriminalization law, and affect [Oregon’s] psilocybin program… [Rep. Kim Thatcher’s SB 302]… in the psilocybin context, the new law would only apply to manufacturers. [Psilocybin…

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Science

The microbiome and psychedelics: it’s not all in your head

Dr. John Kelly of Trinity College in Ireland suggests interventions to the microbiome could be used as preparation and integration phases of psychedelic journeys. The theoretical framework he presents even hints the microbiome’s established effects on mood might only be part of the story, [saying,] “It is conceivable that certain gut microbiota configurations and associated…

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Biography/Memoir

A word about Oregon… value

[Sen. Elizabeth Steiner is] seeking to enact legislation to require data collection [through an addition to Measure 109 called SB 303]. I do not know enough to comment on certain details, but on the whole, I share Mason [Marks] discomfort… even if data is “de-identified” or anonymized. As Mason points out, de-identified data still poses risks “because one’s…

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Anthropology

…counterculture wisdoms… the open source…

…counterculture wisdoms for whom these… were never “fringe,” but always foundational. In place… the emergence of well-capitalized biotech companies offering multimillion-dollar IPOs/pursuit of standardization… we emphasize the care and wisdom of the Indigenous and countercultural teachings – traditions that have made psychedelics available to the emerging corporate/research partnership in the first place… Original Article (Anthropology…

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