Politics

Pot prohibition continues collapsing, and psychedelic bans could be next

…people might use psychedelics for fun. Judging from the election returns so far, Coloradans have decided… they can live with. Colorado seems to be forging ahead. If its lead holds up, Colorado’s Proposition 122 will eliminate civil and criminal penalties for a wide range of noncommercial conduct related to consumption of five natural psychedelics: psilocybin, psilocyn, dimethyltryptamine,…

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Anthropology

Colorado voters will soon decide whether to decriminalize 5 natural psychedelics

If successful, the Colorado initiative would represent the broadest liberalization of psychedelic policy ever approved in the United States. The covered activities, which would not be subject to criminal or civil penalties, include “growing, cultivating, or processing plants or fungi capable of producing natural medicine for personal use.” Also protected: possessing, storing, using, transporting, or…

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Biography/Memoir

Psychedelics are exploding in the startup community as founders say it makes them better leaders

A small 2019 study in Psychopharmacology found that after taking ayahuasca, people showed better emotional regulation. That is, they were less prone to negative judgment and knee-jerk emotional reactions in response to triggering situations. When Zaharo Tsekouras drank ayahuasca at a retreat in Oregon, on the second night, she saw a grandmother figure holding a…

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Politics

Will medical insurers agree to cover psychedelic trips?

…the most important reason to have insurers onboard isn’t just to save society money on treating costly mental ailments – it’s to make sure the benefits are distributed to more than just affluent individuals who can afford hours long psychedelic journeys integrated by therapy. “Governments and corporations are selfish. Our job is to fight the bastards…

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Science

Large national survey suggests that the use of psychedelics is not associated with lifetime cancer development

When controlling for confounding variables, the results revealed that lifetime psychedelic use was not associated with lifetime cancer diagnosis nor hematologic cancer diagnosis. This was true for each of the three classifications of psychedelics: tryptamine (5-MeO-DIPT, AMT, DMT), lysergamide (LSD), and phenethylamine (2C-B, mescaline, MDMA, peyote, and San Pedro). “Beginning in the late 1960s, concerns were raised by laboratory experiments that…

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Politics

What is Colorado proposition…

…the supervised therapeutic use of psilocybin and psilocin, two psychoactive compounds in magic mushrooms, for adults ages 21 [&] decriminalize the personal possession, growing, use and sharing of those substances, as well as ibogaine, mescaline and dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, for adults 21 years old and up. Denver became the first city in the U.S. to…

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Politics

Colorado Revised Statutes… Article 170

12-170-109. Personal Use. (1) Subject to the limitations in this Article 170, but notwithstanding any other provision of law, the following acts are not an offense under State law or the laws of any Locality within the State or subject to a civil fine, penalty, or sanction, or the basis for detention, search, or arrest,…

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Psychology

Why taking psychedelics is a lot like scuba diving…

…how about the mental healthcare therapists and psychiatrists who work with psychedelics, in clinical trials and beyond – shouldn’t they also be experienced psychedelic divers before they work with these substances? Well. This is a sensitive question, I’ve come to realize. I have been hesitant to speak my mind about it… There are many parallels…

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Politics

Colorado’s… access to natural psychedelic

Coloradans will vote on a… ballot measure… …decriminalize for personal possession, growing, sharing, and use—but not the sale—the natural psychedelic fungal and plant… containing psilocybin; DMT, ibogaine… by individuals aged 21 and over… Original Article: ChacrunaWhy Colorado’s natural medicine health act is the right measure to access to natural psychedelic medicine: responding to critics of…

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