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

Jury holds pharmacies responsible for role in opioid crisis

The committee of lawyers for the local governments suing the drug industry in federal courts called Tuesday’s verdict [11/23/21] “a milestone victory” and “overdue reckoning.” Not only were the drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.)… but the D.E.A. also set the annual limit on how many opioids could be produced in the…

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Biography/Memoir

…provide psychedelic… to marginalized communities

“It’s time for psychedelic medicine to climb down from the ivory tower and into the community,” said Dr Belser. A recent survey… of adults in Oregon – the first state in the United States to legalize the therapeutic use of psilocybin mushrooms – found that on average, people would be willing to pay $100 for a psilocybin therapy…

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Science

The most common pain relief drug in the world induces risky behavior, study finds

Despite the seriousness of those findings, acetaminophen nonetheless remains one of the most used medications in the world, considered an essential medicine by the World Health Organization, and recommended by the CDC for pain relief at home… the findings are reported in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. “Acetaminophen seems to make people feel less negative emotion when they…

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Science

Psychedelic use is associated with reduced daily opioid use among people who use illicit drugs…

Among 3813 PWUD at baseline, 1093 (29%) reported daily use of illicit opioids and 229 (6%) reported psychedelic use in the past six months. Over study follow-up after adjusting for a range of potential confounders, psychedelic use remained independently associated with a significantly reduced odds of subsequent daily opioid use (Adjusted Odds Ratio: 0.45; 95%…

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Politics

D.C. hearing… marijuana… anticipation of end to federal ban

D.C. voters legalized the possession, home cultivation and gifting of adult-use cannabis in 2014, a congressional rider has blocked the District from using its tax dollars to implement a regulated system of sales. They heard numerous recommendations on the legalization proposal, ranging from enhancing social equity provisions to ensuring that medical cannabis patients continue to…

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Modern Culture

Are we being exposed to psychedelics more…

…study published in The Journal of Psychedelic Psychiatry has attempted to measure the change in public sentiment regarding psychedelics and the frequency of their mentions over time in American newspapers… …the decriminalization movement across the United States, particularly Oregon decriminalizing drug possession and legalizing supervised psilocybin sessions, has allowed people to speak more openly about psychedelics… narrative and…

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