Anthropology

Trained civilians, not sworn police officers, could better respond to hundreds of 911 calls

Trained civilians, not sworn police officers, could better respond to hundreds of 911 calls. The good news is that other cities are paving the way forward with trained civilian community responders. In Eugene, Oregon, the CAHOOTS program has been operating for 31 years. CAHOOTS dispatches de-escalation experts to 911 calls related to mental health, substance…

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Understanding the [psilocybe mushroom] supply…

For millennia, mushrooms were the only available source of psilocybin for human consumption. These days, they remain the most propagated way of taking psilocybin in informal circles outside of clinical trials. Critics of chemically-isolated psilocybin argue that psilocybin-producing mushrooms contain a number of other compounds that could contribute to their overall therapeutic effect. “The biggest…

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Inside the movement to decolonize psychedelic pharma

There’s no question that the psychedelic renaissance is in full bloom. As psychedelic medicine goes public, researchers, advocates, and members of the psychedelic community are calling for innovative and “decolonized”… models… one[s] that avoid… recreating the mistakes of the past. After a decades-long battle to push through regulatory barriers and overcome long-enduring stigmas, psychedelics are…

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…clean sweep for drug policy reform suggests that prohibition may collapse sooner than expected

Oregon, meanwhile, became the first jurisdiction in the United States to… decriminalize possession of all drugs and the first to [allow legal use of] psilocybin. The first [measure]… which was supported by nearly three-fifths of voters, makes low-level, noncommercial possession of controlled substances, which was previously a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in…

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Magic mushrooms [in North America]

Magic mushrooms… a higher number of countries either have a more lenient stance toward them or are gradually opening up to the idea of decriminalization. These include: Canada- although psilocybin mushrooms are scheduled substances, there is an option to purchase psilocybin microdoses from a private dispensary that the government is as of yet not seriously…

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Why are shrooms illegal?

Psilocybin [mushroom] prohibition could fade away, effectively ending the “bad trip” that is the War on Drugs – at least as it pertains to shrooms. Prohibition hasn’t stopped American psychonauts from enjoying shrooms over the last 50 years though. [However, it’s Europe in] 2008, when the Dutch government launched a crackdown on magic mushrooms. That abrupt…

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Government urged to sell… ecstasy [MDMA] in pharmacies

In a book – with a foreword written by the former prime minister of New Zealand Helen Clark… cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines should be “nationalised” and sold legally in government-run pharmacies to undermine global drug-related crime, a UK drugs reform charity has recommended. Only a single adult use dosage of the drugs would be available…

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