Spirituality

Oregon 1st in US to soften on hard drugs, ‘magic’ mushrooms

“Measure 110 [in Oregon] is arguably the biggest blow to the war on drugs to date.”, says Kassandra Frederique, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, which was behind the hard-drugs measure. It received 59% yes votes and 41% no votes, with roughly 1.9 million votes counted, according to unofficial partial results from the secretary…

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Politics

D.C. psychedelics decriminalization initiative officially takes effect

“It is declared the policy of this act to make investigation and arrest of adults [18+] for non-commercial planting, cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, possessing or engaging in practices with entheogenic plants and fungi among the lowest law enforcement priorities for the District of Columbia…” this is a notable accomplishment for advocates, as Congress has previously…

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Biography/Memoir

Peter Thiel-backed psychedelics… brain-control interface… techno-libertarians… who want to live forever… praying for dystopia

Would you like to live forever? Some billionaires, already invincible in every other way, have decided that they also deserve not to die. If you believed that the necessary next step in our species’ evolution was to merge with artificial superintelligence, and to thereby transcend our animal condition and become immortal, what effect might that…

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Politics

‘Magic’ mushroom delivery service advertising in Ann Arbor raises legal questions, officials say

Arbor Shrooms maintains it’s not a business… Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit has also taken measures to decriminalize mushrooms. He announced in January [2021] that his office would not charge anyone for the use, possession or small-scale distribution of entheogenic plants, including magic mushrooms. The policy focuses on prosecuting larger scale distribution. “We have a…

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Politics

A resolution decriminalizing… cultivation and distribution of psychedelic plants

WHEREAS: the so-called War on Drugs has led to the unnecessary penalization, arrest,and incarceration of vulnerable people, particularly people of color and people of limited financial means… WHEREAS: that American cities have long possessed an inferred constitutional right to regulate commerce and public safety within their jurisdictions, a principle acknowledged by the U.S. Department of…

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Science

Psilocybin produces an immunology-related genetic response in the prefrontal cortex of pig brains

In the study [University of Copenhagen]… examined brain tissue from pigs, the researchers first conducted tests to establish the proper dose to produce psychoactive effects in the animals. Pigs were used because their brains are anatomically similar the brains of humans. Immune-related genes constituted the largest group of genes impacted one week after psilocybin administration,…

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Science

Psychedelic use linked to 20% decreased hypertension risk, study finds

New research from the University of Oxford found a link between use of psychedelics and a decreased risk of hypertension. The findings are published in the recent issue of the journal Hypertension. “These findings may prove valuable for understanding the physical health outcomes of classic psychedelic use, with rigorous randomized controlled trials warranted to investigate…

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Anthropology

$1 billion for CAHOOTS Act…

…recently there’s been interest from other cities in creating similar programs. States who want to set up CAHOOTS programs can get an 85% match in Medicaid funds from the government totaling about a billion dollars. Original Article (MSN):$1 billion for CAHOOTS Act included in American Rescue PlanArtwork Fair Use: Rod Waddington

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