Biography/Memoir

[US marshals office] incinerates 28 tons of kratom

The U.S. Marshals Office paid a hazardous waste company… to transport the kratom from South Carolina to Florida, where it was incinerated at an energy-from-waste facility… Scott Gottlieb resigned as FDA commissioner in March 2019 and weeks later joined the board of directors at Pfizer. Over 28 tons of the herbal supplement kratom were recently…

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Biography/Memoir

…psilocybin retreat[s]…

Yang advocates for a far less regulated approach to psilocybin, however, than that envisioned by the Oregon statewide initiative, which would legalize only medical access to psilocybin. He says his company believes that decriminalization, deregulation, and legalization are the path forward. “…do not require government intervention to work, and psilocybin is safer than any other controlled…

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Anthropology

The secret lives of fungi

Psilocybin [containing mushrooms have] already been decriminalized in Santa Cruz, Oakland, and Denver [including the right to grow at home for personal consumption in Denver and human/ecological rights-centric non-commodified sharing models, such as “grow, gather, gift”, in Santa Cruz and Oakland (with at least one of those cities developing a community-based [city-level] framework for local…

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Anthropology

…perspectives on the globalization of psilocybin mushrooms

The situation was further complicated when Huautla was included in a government program of “Magical Towns,” as the Mexican state attempted to appropriate local cultures to promote tourism. This commodification of sacred heritage resulted in the rise of autonomous neoshamans who worked for tourists, and sacred mushrooms gaining a monetary value for foreign tourists as…

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Politics

Ayahuasca [& entheogens]… grief and hope

No matter who or where we are, we are witnessing something no one has ever seen. The first topic of conversation everywhere on the planet seems to be that no one knows what’s going to happen… surety and predictability have vanished into thin air. We are being asked to make sacrifices: to isolate ourselves, to…

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Science

Marijuana may not lower your IQ [while possibly enhancing your EQ?]

In Jackson and Iacono’s analysis, marijuana use and IQ were completely uncorrelated, and IQ measures fell equally in both the users and abstainers. Subsequent twin studies, including one performed with U.K. data by the Dunedin team, corroborated these findings of no relationship between marijuana use and a falling IQ. Next, investigators uncovered shared underlying vulnerability factors that explained…

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Science

The psychedelic research hiatus and its relevance today

[In the 1950’s and 60’s] psychedelics were of little interest to pharmaceutical companies as the intervention seemed to treat illness, rather than alleviate symptoms. Consequently, the financial imperatives were lacking; fully recovered patients would not require continued medication… Sandoz was reluctant to share such proprietary and patented data (Bonson, 2018). When required by the FDA, the company…

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Biography/Memoir

…[should] magic mushrooms..?

Similar to cannabis compassion clubs that served medical cannabis consumers prior to legalization… microdoses of psilocybin [mushrooms] to Canadians who can provide medical documentation with qualifying diagnoses… “Mushrooms are incredibly safe as long as you’re taking it at a good dosage and you’re in a good situation,” [Dana Larsen] says on the phone from Vancouver. “They’re…

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Science

[Does synthetic psilocybin]… cause nausea?

Some participants in studies using pure, synthetic psilocybin report nausea as a side effect of their treatment. This points the finger at [synthetic] psilocybin as a possible cause of nausea… Also, because the body quickly converts psilocybin to its active form psilocin, this suggests that psilocin may play a role in nausea. Original Article (Psychedelic…

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