Modern Culture

A… magic mushrooms legal guide

…magic mushrooms. Some countries are debating overturning decades-old psilocybin bans in favor of a policy of decriminalization… legalization… Magic mushrooms are a general term for any mushroom with hallucinogenic properties. These mushrooms can be found naturally. In many countries, magic mushrooms are technically illegal, although these laws are loosely enforced. Law enforcement may have a…

READ MORE
Modern Culture

To decolonize drugs, start with [understanding]…

…this kind of internalized prohibition “shows how the process of colonialism colonizes not only the land, but the people as well, to become a perpetual machine of oppression against themselves.” …research points to implementation of drug prohibition and penalization policies as a way to “civilize” Indigenous peoples [and “others”]. Over time, these ideas have been…

READ MORE
Modern Culture

Psychedelic drugs will follow pot’s path to legalization

…the old arguments against psychedelics are obsolete, grounded as they were in a fundamental fear of the experience of altered consciousness… indeed, when local municipalities vote to “legalize” [ie, decriminalize, ie, home production, non-commercial grow, gather, gifting, etc.] mushrooms, as several Massachusetts cities (including my own hometown of Cambridge) did in early 2021, they are…

READ MORE
Modern Culture

Psychedelics don’t deserve the stigma

It’s time to destroy the stigma surrounding psychedelics and educate ourselves on their effects. Just like any drug that is used irresponsibly, psychedelics still pose a risk to users, but when used safely, they are undeserving of the false, overexaggerated effects people ascribe to them. Thankfully, psychedelics are gradually breaking out of the taboo. Last…

READ MORE
Modern Culture

Psilocybin magic mushroom dispensaries… a reality in North America

Fast forward a few years and many thousands of marijuana dispensaries later and the same questions are beginning to arise in the new psychedelics space regarding… legal retail “shroomeries”. Recent positive developments in the psychedelics industry have left many wondering if we’ll see [additional] dispensaries selling substances like psilocybin mushrooms in the future. In California,…

READ MORE
Modern Culture

The public’s perception of the harms of magic mushrooms is in line with science – but not with the law

The study, which appears in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, found that psilocybin-containing mushrooms are considered less dangerous than alcohol, tobacco, and other substances. For their study, the researchers asked 151 participants to rank the dangerousness of ten different substances: alcohol, tobacco, prescription opiates, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, magic mushrooms, cannabis, LSD, and GHB… participants considered magic…

READ MORE
Modern Culture

Michigan prosecutor won’t pursue most marijuana or psychedelics cases, ‘regardless of the amount’

A county prosecutor in Michigan announced on Tuesday [Jan 12, 2020] that his office will not be pursuing charges over possessing marijuana or entheogenic substances like psilocybin and ayahuasca — “regardless of the amount at issue.” For entheogenic substances, [Prosecuting Attorney] Savit’s notice similarly says it is ending prosecutions for possession or use of the…

READ MORE
Modern Culture

Ethical concerns about psilocybin intellectual property

It is critical to reconsider the neoliberal pharmaceutical approach, including basic science to clinical science, and the implications of its stated goals. In the case of psilocybin, for which there are now at least 24 registered patent processes… bioprospecting and biopiracy often cause conflicts, tensions, disconnection, poverty, and suffering in the communities… Depression is considered…

READ MORE
Modern Culture

…in praise of magic mushrooms…

It’s the latest wrinkle in the burgeoning food-as-medicine movement… …and the ongoing rollback of the war on drugs. In November [2020], [Oregon decriminalized personal possession of psilocybin]. Investors, for one, are tripping, pouring funds into more than 200 mushroom startups in the U.S. Original Article (Forbes):Forbes food & drink awards 2020: In praise of magic…

READ MORE
Modern Culture

2020 was the [first of many years of] psychedelics [ahead]…

2020 recorded the highest number of published psilocybin research to date, with the NIH’s pubmed registering 118 publications on the drug, almost double from the 68 publications recorded in 2019… “This is going to lead to a constitutional challenge, which is actually how cannabis came about…” …[that] means you’re going to have de facto legalization,…

READ MORE