Anthropology

Magic mushrooms [in North America]

Magic mushrooms… a higher number of countries either have a more lenient stance toward them or are gradually opening up to the idea of decriminalization. These include: Canada- although psilocybin mushrooms are scheduled substances, there is an option to purchase psilocybin microdoses from a private dispensary that the government is as of yet not seriously…

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Anthropology

Why are shrooms illegal?

Psilocybin [mushroom] prohibition could fade away, effectively ending the “bad trip” that is the War on Drugs – at least as it pertains to shrooms. Prohibition hasn’t stopped American psychonauts from enjoying shrooms over the last 50 years though. [However, it’s Europe in] 2008, when the Dutch government launched a crackdown on magic mushrooms. That abrupt…

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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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Biography/Memoir

Compass Pathways… a psychedelic monopoly

COMPASS patent… compared to proprietary insulin formulations and asthma inhalers created to increase corporate profits… will share similar issues to “big pharma, big tech, big ag [agriculture], and other monopoly-heavy industries.” COMPASS’s attempt to dismiss the dispute against their patent… “Although Patent Owner does not address the substance of Petitioner’s challenge, after considering the arguments…

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Science

UC Berkeley launches new center for psychedelic science and education

The center plans to collaborate with the Graduate Theological Union, an independent consortium of religious schools and theological institutes based in Berkeley and the larger San Francisco Bay Area, in the development of an immersive learning program on psychedelics and spirituality. The new… Center for the Science of Psychedelics will conduct research using psychedelics to…

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Medicine/Healing

Can psychedelics treat physical pain?

…suffering from chronic Lyme disease, I tried all kinds of treatments… psychedelics can… increase awareness of what’s happening inside someone’s body.  After my first iboga ceremony with a shaman in Mexico, I was shocked that not only did my Lyme symptoms completely lift, but the pain that I’d been feeling in my knees after falling…

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Medicine/Healing

Hopkins launches clinical trial for psilocybin mushrooms

Psilocybin is a naturally occurring compound… it is found naturally in several species of mushrooms, it has been widely documented in a variety of cultures. [Reporters] reached out to the lead researchers [at Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness, which collaborates with the non-profit, Unlimited Sciences] of the clinical trial, but the institutional review board…

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Spirituality

…key for [relationships with] psilocybin and psilocin levels

…seminal research studies on the mushrooms themselves serves as a reminder of the intricacies and adaptability of nature. …study analyzed the amounts of psilocybin and psilocin in P. cubensis grown under three conditions: bright, indirect lighting, dim lighting, and in the dark… The analyses were done using GC-MS (gas chromatography-mass spectrometry)… Knowing that the amounts of light and…

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Psychology

…just handed a major opportunity to the movement

He is ready, on the basis of an alleged therapeutic use reported in preliminary research, to cause federal law to defer to a popular vote (under local law, not even state law) that changes the legal status of a psychedelic substance. That is the length and breadth of the proposed amendment in its true effect.…

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