Spirituality

Oregon 1st in US to soften on hard drugs, ‘magic’ mushrooms

“Measure 110 [in Oregon] is arguably the biggest blow to the war on drugs to date.”, says Kassandra Frederique, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, which was behind the hard-drugs measure. It received 59% yes votes and 41% no votes, with roughly 1.9 million votes counted, according to unofficial partial results from the secretary…

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Politics

D.C. psychedelics decriminalization initiative officially takes effect

“It is declared the policy of this act to make investigation and arrest of adults [18+] for non-commercial planting, cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, possessing or engaging in practices with entheogenic plants and fungi among the lowest law enforcement priorities for the District of Columbia…” this is a notable accomplishment for advocates, as Congress has previously…

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Spirituality

Jews, Christians, and Muslims are reclaiming ancient psychedelic practices, and that could help with legalization

 …impulse [discernment, intelligence, calling, etc.] to take a psychedelic for a spiritual reason is often overlooked as a reason to lift prohibition for psychedelic substances. …we’ve already begun to see two main routes to ending psychedelic prohibition: medicalization and decriminalization. But what this binary paradigm of medicalization versus decriminalization conceals is a third way of using…

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Modern Culture

Psychedelics don’t deserve the stigma

It’s time to destroy the stigma surrounding psychedelics and educate ourselves on their effects. Just like any drug that is used irresponsibly, psychedelics still pose a risk to users, but when used safely, they are undeserving of the false, overexaggerated effects people ascribe to them. Thankfully, psychedelics are gradually breaking out of the taboo. Last…

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Biography/Memoir

Birmingham to pardon 15,000 with marijuana convictions

The pardons will eliminate convictions for marijuana possession from criminal records from 1990 through 2020 but do not affect pending cases, said a news release. A pardon also does not cancel fines, fees or other costs linked to a marijuana conviction. “Reforming policy surrounding cannabis not only serves our state in producing hundreds of millions…

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Anthropology

There is a lot of fungus among us

Inside a state-of-the-art lab, tucked in an industrial neighborhood… employees wearing protective suits move around two clear boxes, careful not to disrupt the tubes and sensors that keep temperature and humidity constant. Inside the boxes are… “magic”… mushrooms. Oregon became the first state to legalize… Frustration with traditional drugs that did little to address… longtime…

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Spirituality

…bill to legalize [personal] possession of psychedelics clears second senate committee

While the bill is being described by lawmakers and advocates as simple “decriminalization,” the official legislative analysis of the proposal states that it would “make lawful” the personal possession and social sharing of these substances. In Oakland, the first city where a city council voted to broadly deprioritize criminalization of entheogenic substances, lawmakers approved a…

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Science

Spontaneous and deliberate creative cognition during and after psilocybin exposure

Following a double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group design, we demonstrated that psilocybin (0.17 mg/kg) induced a time- and construct-related differentiation of effects on creative thinking. Although usually opposing neural processes, the DMN and FPN have been found to interact during creative cognition, suggesting a dynamic shift between these networks facilitates the shift between idea generation and evaluation across…

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Biography/Memoir

Stay trippin’

…used the relatively new tactic of testing the amount of the active ingredient psilocybin in hallucinogenic mushrooms, much in the same way marijuana is now tested for THC, as a way to bring a host of communities involved in mushroom cultivation, decriminalization of hallucinogens and the legalization of all drugs, together. …decriminalization, community and citizen…

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