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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Virginia lawmakers propose decriminalizing psychedelic mushrooms

The legislation would reduce the penalty for possession – currently a Class 5 felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison – to a $100 civil fine. Three Virginia lawmakers introduced new bills to decriminalize the possession of psychedelics… have introduced legislation that would end felony penalties for possession of psychedelic mushrooms, citing the drug’s growing acceptance in…

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Psychology

Inside the growing wellness trend of psilocybin mushroom microdosing

…much like cannabis’ transition from stigmatized plant to decriminalized cash cow, today’s wellness industry is now embracing mushrooms as another form of nature’s medicine… …she sees the allure of psychedelics as being about “connection to the heart, period. It’s been seriously lacking. And that’s the thing that I feel like ancient cultures [understood] — the…

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Modern Culture

…magic mushrooms makes music more emotional to our brain

They found that the psilocybin increased the participants’ reported emotional response to the music by an average of 60 per cent. “This shows that combination of psilocybin and music has a strong emotional effect, and we believe that this will be important for the therapeutic application of psychedelics if they are approved for clinical use,”…

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Medicine/Healing

…ayahuasca healing ceremonies… [and neuroticism]?

Results showed that neuroticism declined substantially the week following the ayahuasca ceremony and remained substantially below baseline levels three months following the ceremony. “We found substantial changes in personality traits, particularly neuroticism, following ayahuasca use,” says Brandon Weiss, a psychologist at Imperial College London and the lead author of the paper. “These changes persisted over…

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Medicine/Healing

Bipartisan congressional group calls for psilocybin access

…patients’ call for medical access only bolsters the potion of the lawmakers making the push, regardless of whether the wider population understands the efficacy of psychedelic medicine.  The same thing was seen with cannabis. Its scope of value was seen as very narrow in a medical setting at first. But the years would prove it…

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Psychology

[Science and] adult use… psychedelic… psilocybin…

In the Netherlands, the Dutch Ministry of Health commissioned a scientific study to evaluate the risk of retail psilocybin sales, and it concluded that they posed little risk to individuals or public health. Though retail cannabis sales are available in many states, the retail sale of psychedelics does not currently exist in the United States… In contrast, in the…

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