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The trip of a lifetime: women across the country are self-treating their depression and anxiety with mushrooms

Just as the majority of the country [in particular the women featured in this article] has begun to embrace medical and recreational marijuana, though, the tide may be shifting for psilocybin-containing mushrooms.

1. Amy Jackman, co-owner of a cannabis consulting business in Alaska, isn’t waiting around for a scientific seal of approval. She takes a microdose of mushrooms a few times a month when “I start feeling myself getting down or notice patterns I’ve been in all my life…” she says.
2. “When I do have bad days, I’m able to separate myself from a feeling of worthlessness and stop telling myself the story that I shouldn’t try to connect, shouldn’t be curious, shouldn’t create,” Audra says. “Microdosing helps me recognize that I’m still whole.” The dried and ground magic mushrooms she takes in a gelatin capsule aren’t a magic bullet; she’s not “cured” of her decades-long battle with depression and anxiety. Yet her lows aren’t as devastating.
3. Microdosing, combined with other self-care practices such as yoga and mindfulness, has been “transformative,” Mercedes says. She points to a recent trip she took to London that triggered feelings of overstimulation and exhaustion: “How I would have handled that in the past was to drink or distract myself. But I didn’t do that. Instead of dwelling on my issues for weeks and succumbing to obsessive thoughts, I processed my emotions and let them go in a few hours.”

Original Article (Marie Claire):
The trip of a lifetime: women across the country are self-treating their depression and anxiety with mushrooms
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