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A Beaverton couple is about to gather signatures to legalize the therapeutic use of psychedelic mushrooms in Oregon

In Oregon, possession of psilocybin is a misdemeanor offense, downgraded from a felony last year.

“Psilocybin addresses huge issues such as depression and addiction,” Tom Eckert said then. “Psilocybin works for smoking cessation better than any other. This is a revolutionary thing. We have to be careful with it. We don’t want to screw it up.”

Psilocybin azeurescens/astoriensis in Oregon Culture:The history of Psilocybe azurescens is very new and mysterious. The mushroom was only recently discovered. In 1979, Boy Scouts found and unusually large and strongly blueing Stropharia near the city of Astoria in the state of Oregon, close to the majestic Columbia River. Stem lengths of up to 20 cm and caps as broad as 10 cm were no rarity. By 1981, the mushroom was being grown outdoors on woodchips or cow mulch, methods that were originally developed for Psilocybe cyanescens and have been described in detail elsewhere (Gartz 1994).  Soon these “new” mushrooms, which proved to be potently psychoactive, were called “Psilocybe astoriensis” (Gartz, in Rippchen 1993{**}),

Psilocybin cubensis names across cultures: *Champinon, derrumbe de estiercol de vaca (Spanish, “abyss of the cow patties”), di-ki-sho-lerraja, dishitjolerraja (Mazatec, “divine dung mushroom”), divine dung mushroom, golden top, gold top, gottlicher dungerpilz, hed keequai (Thai), hongo de San Isidro, hongo maravilloso, honguillos de San Isidro Labrador (mushroom of Saint Isidro the Farmer” [= the saint of agriculture]… kubanischer kahlkopf, kubanischer trauschling, lol lu um (Yucatec Mayan, “flowers of the the earth”), magic mushroom, nocuana-be-neeche (Zapotec), nti-xi-tjolecha-ja (Mazatec, “mushroom like that which grows on cow patties”), San Isidor, San Isidro Labrador, tenkech (Chol), tenkech (Chol: Panlencano), teotlaquilnancatl (modern Nahuatl, “the sacred mushroom that paints in colors”), zauberpilz.*

Original Article (Willamette Week):
A Beaverton Couple Is About to Gather Signatures to Legalize the Therapeutic Use of Psychedelic Mushrooms in Oregon
Artwork Fair Use: ECfES Public Lending Library (not an identification guide) and Text from “The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants : Ethno-pharmacology and It’s Applications”
*note: due to our limited funds and technological capacities, were were unable to reproduce certain linguistic characters with 100% accuracy*

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