Modern Culture

Scientists confirm taking psychedelics at music festivals makes you happier

“We are encouraged that our study is consistent with previous laboratory findings showing mood benefits of psychedelics in healthy people and in patients suffering from anxiety and depression,” Crockett said. Those who drank alcohol or under the influence of drugs like cocaine and opioids didn’t report the “transformative experiences” psychedelic users did, nor did they…

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Politics

A report from the rocky path to… psychedelics/[entheogens/ethnobotancials]

The movement to end psychedelic prohibition goes far beyond Oregon. Activists in more than 100 cities and counties are working toward decriminalizing mushrooms and other psychedelic plants, while a handful of research institutions are pushing to get these substances approved as prescription therapy tools on the federal level. Field coordinator for Decriminalize Denver, calls anything other…

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Biography/Memoir

Everything you should know about the campaign to decriminalize naturally occurring psychedelics

The focus of the Decriminalize Nature movement, Plazola insists, should come from a place of compassion rather than fear. He believes our relationship with nature has been tainted by over-regulation: Since humans and plants both come from nature, our connections to these substances should not be inhibited by the law. In other words, prohibition has…

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Medicine/Healing

…pouring ayahuasca

The reluctant shaman is the safe one. The one who rushes the process and is arrogant enough to assume they can bypass the protocol that’s existed for thousands of years—he/she is dangerous. This is in no way meant to discourage anyone from doing this sacred work. We need as many sincere and strong beings answering…

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Anthropology

Oregon is the only State on the west coast that lets you smell your [cannabis] before buying it

Head north or south of Oregon’s borders, and the consumer experience is far more limited. The ability to smell before you buy isn’t just a regulatory quirk: In cannabis, fragrance—or lack thereof—can indicate freshness, flavor and, if you know your terpenes, effects. In California and Washington, state law dictates that cannabis flower must be sold…

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Politics

Washington lawmakers [to propose] ban, cannabis concentrates

This bill proposal would ban vape cartridges, dabble extracts, and other concentrated products. Washington state saw almost half of its legal cannabis sales at 40% in 2019 from these cannabis infused products. Leo Beletsky, a professor of law and public health at Northwestern University, said, “If 40% of the market is toward these products and then you ban them,…

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Politics

First government psychedelics decriminalization panel holds historic meeting in Denver

*eco-system regions giving rise to naturally occurring psilocybe mushroomsRepresentatives from the city attorney’s office, sheriff’s office, district attorney’s office and the harm reduction community all participated in the meeting. It was led by advocate Kevin Matthews, who ran the successful decriminalization campaign… It was an opportunity that many residents took advantage of, with a turnout…

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Anthropology

Nepal’s… legalize weed and ban booze

Nepal was one of the only nations to fight against the US and the international communities’ campaigns to criminalize weed worldwide. In fact, Nepal had a robust recreational marijuana industry with licensed pot shops, cultivation sites, and public consumption lounges until 1973, when the government canceled commercial weed licenses under international pressure.  Original Article (Merry…

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Anthropology

Massachusetts… magic mushrooms

I know what you’re thinking, but the idea is actually not as crazy as it sounds. In the past [9 months], Denver, Oakland, and Santa Cruz have each voted to decriminalize natural psychedelics, including mushrooms … momentum is building, and we will likely continue to hear more about this. When we do, we shouldn’t be afraid. “I think that…

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