Medicine/Healing

FDA’s kratom ban would harm the public and damage the agency’s credibility

If the FDA secures a global kratom ban, countless people could die by suicide and unintentional overdose… why does the FDA vilify [whole botanical] kratom when so many stakeholders identify deficiencies in its arguments? Could it be that drug companies are commercializing synthetic versions of kratom and banning the plant would protect their interests? Companies…

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GOP Pennsylvania lawmaker files psilocybin research bill for veterans and first responders

…would establish “a framework for research in this Commonwealth to discover innovative methods to optimize the public health benefits of psilocybin.” It would prioritize studies that focus on veterans, retired first responders and their families. Under HB 1959, which was formally filed with 19 cosponsors on Wednesday [Oct. 6th], the state Department of Health would authorize…

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Santa Cruz removes peyote from psychedelics decriminalization law and [re-criminalizes] other mescaline-containing cacti

“It is unfortunate that the Santa Cruz City Council has taken a position to recriminalize… all cacti which contain mescaline,” [said Larry Norris, PhD] The change, he argued, will “increase the likelihood of… increasing the potential of arrests for possessing common household plants such as San Pedro and Peruvian torch cacti.” Original Article (Marijuana Moment):Santa…

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[Psilocybe mushroom]… love and fear

“The opportunity there is for patients to consolidate aspects of themselves or their lives that have been repressed,” says Liknaitzky [co-coordinator of the St Vincent’s psilocybin terminal-illness trial], “to gain new and helpful perspectives on old problems, and to feel, emotionally, a much stronger alignment with their values and what’s important in life — and…

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…comments on kratom

…the FDA said the comments will be reviewed as it prepares a response to the World Health Organization (WHO), which is considering whether to place international restrictions on kratom and six other psychoactive substances. Under international treaties, WHO is required to assess the use of psychoactive substances and advise the United Nations on whether they…

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Mindfulness… psychedelics

The subject of integration is an important one. Many people experience some kind of spiritual enlightenment when in a psychedelic state, but are then subsequently dropped back down into their daily lives and find themselves at a loss for how to unite the two. The similarities between a mindfulness practice and psychedelics boil down to…

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Cancer patients extralegally seeking psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy amid DEA suit

Without giving endorsement to these unregulated practitioners, Dr… indicated that some within the underground “certainly know what they’re doing” while others “probably don’t”. Giving a stern warning to the clinicians attending, Dr… advised that those who interact with underground practitioners do so “at their own risk” given the illegality of the practice. By way of…

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