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Psychedelic, [entheogenics & ethnobotanicals are] going mainstream. Will it be accessible to all?

The politics around psychedelics are changing as well: With great effort from advocates, various measures to decriminalize possession [and cultivation] of certain entheogens have passed in Oakland, [Ann Arbor, Michigan], Santa Cruz, Calif., as well as Denver [Colorado], and similar campaigns are underway in… other cities, [such as Portland, Oregon]. Sara Reed, study coordinator of…

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Can psychedelics treat physical pain?

…suffering from chronic Lyme disease, I tried all kinds of treatments… psychedelics can… increase awareness of what’s happening inside someone’s body.  After my first iboga ceremony with a shaman in Mexico, I was shocked that not only did my Lyme symptoms completely lift, but the pain that I’d been feeling in my knees after falling…

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Hopkins launches clinical trial for psilocybin mushrooms

Psilocybin is a naturally occurring compound… it is found naturally in several species of mushrooms, it has been widely documented in a variety of cultures. [Reporters] reached out to the lead researchers [at Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness, which collaborates with the non-profit, Unlimited Sciences] of the clinical trial, but the institutional review board…

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Study: adult-use legalization associated with decline in youth treatment admissions

The enactment of adult-use cannabis legalization laws is not associated with an increase in marijuana-related youth drug treatment admissions, according to data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Separate studies have reported a dramatic and consistent decline in the prevalence of so-called cannabis use disorder over the better part of the past two decades. Self-reported use of marijuana…

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Cannabis stores are now essential businesses…

[Some] store operators say it’s about time regulators began treating marijuana stores on par with comparable retailers. An estimated 243,000 full-time-equivalent employees worked in the legal marijuana industry across the U.S. as of January 2020… that’s up 15% in a single year. In comparison, the politically popular coal mining industry employs just about 50,000, according…

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Cannabis can decrease risk of digestive disorders in those with schizophrenia

A new Danish research study, recently published in the Psychological Medicine journal, found that cannabis can reduce the risk of digestive disorders and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) among individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia. The researchers found that patients with schizophrenia were more likely to develop digestive organ disorders, including IBD and gut-brain interaction disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)…

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Psychedelics in addiction recovery: taking a deep look at sober communities that use psychedelics

Although taking psilocybin in a clinical trial context is a bit different than taking mushrooms at home or out in nature, the insight psychedelic experiences provide, including the lasting motivation to prevent relapse, is a major reason folks in recovery are turning to psychedelics.  The recovery community is huge and diverse, but the thing most…

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