Psychology

…psychedelics: what’s next for wellness’ mushroom…

Like cannabis, the first step toward legalization of psychedelics is to allow them for medical use. As a result, a host of medical startups have sprung up to develop psychedelics for mental health treatment. As for the prospect of becoming legal recreationally… people might have thought, ‘Cannabis is never going to be legal,’ and here…

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Psychology

Does smoking cannabis make you dumber?

Although I could start with some of the typical effects people usually experience from smoking cannabis, I think that, at this point, it is more important to note what the science says – both in the short and long run… Yes, cannabis affects your brain, but nobody knows how exactly. Basically, there is evidence to…

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Psychology

…for macrodosing

Would you care for a drop of LSD in your morning tea? A capsule of psilocybin-mushroom dust with your daily vitamins? But, can you really call yourself a “psychonaut” — a savvy explorer of psychedelic terrain — if you’ve never actually tripped? It’d be like saying you know what weed is like, even if you’ve only ever tried…

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Psychology

How psychedelics could become the “new weed”

Although weed currently remains the preferred non-prescribed drug to people who suffer from different mental & physical illnesses, psychedelics are on their way to taking its place.  The same could be said about psychedelics, as well – numerous studies and personal stories so far have shown that substances such as ayahuasca… and… “magic mushrooms”… have…

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Psychology

Canada is allowing people with [depression to consume & those with terminal illness to possess & consume] psychedelic mushrooms

The Canadian government is allowing patients who are not terminally ill to legally consume psychedelic mushrooms… Psilocybin, the active ingredient in mushrooms, is illegal to produce, possess, and sell in Canada; typically the only exception is for approved research purposes. But this summer [2020], Health Canada granted exemptions to people with terminal illnesses, allowing them to possess…

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Psychology

What psychedelic mushrooms are teaching us about human consciousness

Published in NeuroImage, their breakthrough study used real-time brain scans in humans to show that psilocybin reduces activity in the claustrum by up to 30 percent. This coincides with people’s subjective feelings of ego dissolution and oneness with their environment while under the influence of the drug. The less active the claustrum, the stronger the psychedelic effect…

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Psychology

US drug laws set for sweeping overhaul as voters choose decriminalization

Thanks to a push by drug reform advocates, in every state where the ballot was proposed, people voted to abolish criminal penalties for possession. In Oregon, all illegal drugs – including [LSD, MDMA] heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines – will be decriminalized, meanwhile psilocybin, or psychoactive mushrooms, will be legalized for therapeutic use – a historic first……

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Psychology

After permitting psilocybin for terminal patients… could open the door to psychedelics

Now, having sided with science and compassion, the Canadian government approved Tobin’s [56(1)] exemption – although the patients will still have to secure their own psilocybin on the black market.  But there’s an interesting parallel here: Section 56 is the same segment of Canada’s drug laws that allowed for an exemption of medical marijuana back in 1999.…

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Psychology

Oregon… research… [neurodiversity exclusionism]

Some advocates… worry the use of the drug will be contorted for profit… the measure does not allow home use of psilocybin. “Oregon does tend to be the catalyst,” Dustin Marlan, an assistant law professor at the University of Massachusetts School of Law, said… psilocybin is a naturally occurring compound found in more than 200…

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