Biography/Memoir

…psychedelic surge

“I am an advocate for psychedelics. I can’t help it,” explains 57-year-old Jacqueline Lopez, “I mean, it wasn’t that long ago that I thought to myself, ‘What are you thinking, Jackie? These are Schedule I drugs. You can’t just go around talking about them.’ But the science behind it is superb and I had seen too many good things happen. It was time to speak up.”

…illegality be damned, a wellness revolution… at hand… to anyone paying attention, it quickly became clear that psychedelics were no longer exclusive to the counter-culture. A population that was already obsessed with bio-hacking and improving human performance had merged with a much larger group that was suffering badly from pandemic-esque levels of poor mental health, stress, and wide-ranging traumas… many of them exploring the potential of micro-dosing psilocybin or LSD… it is not uncommon for pills or dropper bottles… to be available via places like Instagram or Reddit and for it to arrive at your house packaged like it was meant to be sold in a store. The majority, however, is still sourced from chemists and mushroom growers via real-life social networks, word of mouth, and friends of friends.

Original Article (Santa Barbara Independent):
Santa Barbara’s psychedelic surge
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