Spirituality

What’s next for psychedelic decriminalization?

The movement to decriminalize entheogenic plants—psychedelics—is young, but has already succeeded in three cities… The force behind this tide is an organization called Decriminalize Nature (DN), who uses an open-source format to help communities all over the world start healing. Believing that entheogens should be legal and the exchange of them regulated, DN reverses the profit model…

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Politics

Oakland city council effectively decriminalizes psychedelic mushrooms [and other entheogenic plants]

Oakland’s resolution is broader than Denver’s. Denver’s initiative decriminalized the use and possession of mushrooms containing the compound psilocybin, whereas Oakland’s refers to “entheogenic plants” in general, which includes the mushrooms and other plants and fungi containing psychoactive substances. The resolution says city money will not be used “to assist in the enforcement of laws…

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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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Politics

Scientists and veterans file lawsuit challenging DEA’s marijuana rescheduling denials

The Scottsdale Research Institute (SRI) filed suit… in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, asking for a review of DEA’s scheduling determinations in 2020, 2016 and 1992… they… argue that another statutory policy DEA says necessitates marijuana being strictly controlled is unconstitutional. In terms of valid therapeutic value, the agency (DEA) has said there…

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Anthropology

We are harvesting the ayahuasca vine at an alarming rate

Gatherers, intermediaries, processors and exporters based in Iquitos, the capital of the Peruvian jungle, or in the indigenous communities near Pucallpa, the other major production center, are in agreement about the overexploitation of wild ayahuasca. …one of the first people who dedicated himself to the business of exporting ayahuasca, warns that if the extraction continues…

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Science

Psychedelics [& entheogens/ethnobotanicals] may relieve chronic pain via changes in brain neuroplasticity

…studies have shown that over time, acute pain transforms into chronic pain via neuroplasticity. 5-HT2A receptor activation by psychedelics may lead to rewiring in the brain + reduced inflammation = reduced nociception (the perception of a painful or injurious stimulus). Original Article (Psychedelic Science):Psychedelics may relieve chronic pain via changes in brain neuroplasticityArtwork Fair Use: Borsook…

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