Modern Culture

Denver mushroom cooperative holds free psilocybin exchange

In true holiday fashion, the Denver Mushroom Cooperative held a Gifting Portal for psilocybin enthusiasts… The Gifting Portal was free to attend and didn’t allow any money to change hands. Participants were encouraged to share their homegrown mushrooms as well as cultivation advice, supplies and more… the free event had a full RSVP list with an approximate…

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Spirituality

[Psilocybe mushroom church… 106,000 members]

In five years… Church of Ambrosia has amassed 106,000 members across its two locations in Oakland and San Francisco. Ambrosia members pay $10 to join and $5 to enter the church… granting them access to church sacraments… magic mushrooms… It is thought there are now anywhere between 200 and 2,000 psychedelic churches in the US…

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Medicine/Healing

Psychedelics could treat some of the worst chronic pain in the world

Here’s another… under-studied prospect of psychedelics: a world without severe chronic pain. And… around the internet or psychedelic conferences, a whole subterranean trove of similar stories opens up. An estimated 51 million Americans suffer from chronic pain – excruciating conditions like migraines, phantom limb pains, or fibromyalgia – and often go without effective treatments. But psychedelics like psilocybin mushrooms and LSD seem to…

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Medicine/Healing

The VA’s high hopes for psychedelics

Why the VA matters: It’s the largest health system in the country and serves a population with disproportionately high rates of PTSD. The VA announced in January [2024 that it would fund research into psychedelics like MDMA, also known as ecstasy, and psilocybin as potential treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. While outside groups have…

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Science

How cannabis and psilocybin might help some of the 50 million Americans who are experiencing chronic pain

I want to help understand how to effectively use cannabis and psilocybin as potential tools for pain management. …lethal overdoses from cannabis are almost unheard of. This is remarkable considering that nearly 50 million Americans use it each year… a group of cannabis and pain specialists published a proposed guideline for clinical practice in early 2024 to…

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Science

Psilocybin enhances insightfulness in meditation: a perspective on the global topology of brain imaging during meditation

…in which a novel topological data analysis (TDA) method is applied to the neurophysiological study of the synergistic effects of meditation and psychedelics. …intriguing evidence of similarities in the phenomenology and neurophysiology of meditation and psychedelics has been found… recent reviews suggest that meditation and psychedelics exhibit similarities and complementary differences, which may indicate potential…

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Medicine/Healing

Do dying people have a ‘right to try’ magic mushrooms? 9th Circuit weighs case

That question is now before one of the nation’s highest courts… …pitting the DEA’s law enforcement authority against state powers to regulate medicine… Washington, Washington D.C., Delaware, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon and Pennsylvania… have weighed in directly… the state coalition filed a brief that accused the DEA of reaching far beyond its law enforcement…

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