Anthropology

[Medicalisation]… sociological… psychedelic

A major concern for researchers, medical professionals and commentators alike is the potential disjuncture between for-profit business models and public health… both Democratic and Republican legislators have been submitting measures to support more research into psychedelics, with some even presenting resolutions for the decriminalization and/or legalization of psychedelics for therapeutic purposes. Medicalisation refers to social…

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Anthropology

‘Magic’… ‘shroom’ capital

Collecting psilocybe mushrooms in Washington and Oregon remains illegal, punishable with fines and potential felony charges… the sheer abundance of mushrooms in the Pacific Northwest has been well documented, but the plethora of magic mushrooms… naturally in… the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S… grow… vigorously within this habitat. “In my research of growing… and…

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Anthropology

At Harvard, psychedelic drugs’ tentative renaissance

…even small fines continue to stigmatize psychedelics use and are a major cost for the economically disadvantaged, who are most likely to get arrested for drug possession… at the local level, however, decriminalization is more feasible… larger scale legalization can only be done at the state and federal levels. Currently, the federal punishment for psychedelic…

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Psychedelics industrial [medical] complex… psychedelic religions…

The Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board has been warned that the rise of a new psychedelics industrial complex could put psychedelic religions in jeopardy if Oregon fails to act… Concerns were also raised regarding lobbyists meddling in Oregon’s psilocybin programme… …the industry has already begun engaging in aggressive tactics… proposed a partnership between the Oregon Health…

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…psilocybin… movement… explained

…the scheduling of drugs under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) is largely political rather than scientific [or even historical]. This is unsurprising given the… roots of the War on Drugs… the perception that the War on Drugs is over is an illusion… [with entheogen-based] grassroots campaigns in over 100 U.S. cities… there are religious freedom,…

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Mushroom rabbi grows ceremonial psilocybin for Denver congregation…

Scenes like this have become more commonplace… much like cannabis, it’s taken decades to reverse the stigma around psychedelics and investigate their benefits… as shrooms and other psychedelics have experienced increased exposure… police raided… cultivation facility in north Denver… where the group grew more than 35 strains of mushrooms for use at its events… …pushes…

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…former latter-day saint… started a psilocybin church

…founder and “protector” of The Divine Assembly, a Salt Lake City-based psilocybin church. Rather than a religious sect as typically envisioned, such as a building where worshippers gather for meetings and to partake of the sacrament, Urquhart sees the Divine Assembly as a revival-esque religious deconstruction, where members, in their own particular ways, lead in their…

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Anthropology

One year on, Oregon drug decriminalization…

 …there were 60 percent fewer total drug arrests in state over the 10 months after February 1, 2021, compared with the same period the previous year. 16,000 Oregon residents have already accessed services… the largest portion – over 59 percent – have received harm reduction services, like sterile syringes, naloxone and associated training, or safe…

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