Politics

With map of cannabis legalization, activists plot course to magic mushrooms

“Or will they create The Psilocybin Act? And psilocybin regulations? With licensed producers?” Dana Larsen asks, laughing at the absurdity of history repeating itself. He suggests the smartest and easiest transition would be to add psilocybe mushrooms to Canada’s [and United States] natural health products, which includes herbal remedies and traditional medicines. John Conroy, a…

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Politics

Santa Cruz City Council approves psychedelics decriminalization measure

Activists celebrated their city becoming the third in the U.S. in less than a year to decriminalize certain psychedelic substances. The word “cultivation” was also removed from provisions specifying the measure’s scope. But before the full Council vote on Tuesday, several advocates used the public comment portion of the meeting to urge that it be…

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Science

Drinking ayahuasca can increase mindfulness and cognitive flexibility…

A new study in the journal Psychopharmacology suggests that drinking ayahuasca generates lasting improvements in mindfulness and cognitive flexibility, which may explain its therapeutic properties. Based on these apparent lasting increases in both mindfulness and cognitive flexibility, the study authors state that the ayahuasca afterglow period “could be therapeutically significant because a loosening of ‘cognitive grip’ may…

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Anthropology

…kratom culture…

“A third of our clientele are looking for a caffeine-free alternative to get them through their day,” Day says. “I’m talking soccer moms.” The image of wealthy moms slurping kratom tea in lieu of a cappuccino, or trendy Bay Area residents popping kratom pills socially just for its mild, mellow body high, cuts strangely against…

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Modern Culture

Could psychedelics help us resolve the climate crisis?

We increasingly live in an age of extinction. Nature is in retreat, urbanism and everyday alienation from nature is establishing itself as the norm, and we are confronting loss on a scale we find difficult to acknowledge and process. In such unprecedented times, we can find ourselves trapped in dissociative psychological states, knowing about environmental crisis while doing…

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Politics

Behind the scenes… cannabis charities

“It appears as though the desire to provide veterans and sick patients with access to deeply discounted medicine… is less of a priority than getting a bus with your logo to drive down the strip, sadly.” -Madisen Saglibene, founder and Executive Director of the Las Vegas and Nevada chapters of NORML Like so many other…

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Anthropology

Decriminalize Nature Portland announces launch of 2020 initiative to decriminalize psychedelic plant [and fungi]

The Congress… reiterates the organizational belief that entheogenic plant medicines must be treated as a sacred and individually considered category… “Oregon is in the middle of a peak in its mental health and homelessness rates,” said chief petitioner and DNP organizer Holly Sullivan. “And the last thing we need to be doing is locking up more…

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Modern Culture

[Cannabis] edibles are just as safe as [was] thought

Private enterprise, despite its promises to self-regulate, will never self-regulate sufficiently, since regulations and warnings often get in the way of making profits. And that begins with open, fair communication and education campaigns with as wide and persistent a reach as any message regarding alcohol or tobacco products. The report [on cannabis edibles] notes that edibles…

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