…cities… psychedelic mushrooms… advocates praise…
…a shroom tender… psilocybin is still astoundingly just like cannabis, a schedule one controlled substance… criminal penalties for people who are just trying to help themselves and heal themselves. There’s no reason to get law enforcement involved with any of this.
Now, I can see both sides of the argument about the benefit of doing it in a medicalized context with a psychiatrist who knows about it, a therapist or two who can help you integrate it. All that’s great, assuming you can get someone to pay for it. We need the insurance companies to step up. But I also see the utility of people being allowed to use these ancient substances that humans have been using for thousands of years without needing to be able to afford it. I work in an inner city clinic. None of my patients are going to be able to afford this psychedelic therapy. That doesn’t mean it should be off limits to them. It shouldn’t be illegal. I’m a big advocate of having people able to make their own choices, and I do think they should be legal… psilocybin does not have a high abuse liability. It’s not even addictive. It may have low potential abuse liability. The other qualification for schedule one is no medical utility. Now, as I mentioned before, we’ve known about their medical utility for hundreds, if not thousands of years and with all these new studies coming out, it’s beyond a shadow of a doubt that for some people, they are incredibly effective.
Original Article (WGBH.org):
As Mass. cities decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms, advocates praise their health potential
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