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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The emerging magic mushroom monopoly…

Magic mushrooms… cannot be patented. In December 2017, one of the godfathers of the contemporary psychedelic renaissance, Bob Jesse, penned a manifesto for the commercial era of hallucinogens, one that echoed as far and wide as when Timothy Leary famously evangelized, “Turn on, tune in, drop out,” in 1966. Jesse delivered a very different kind of…

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Legalized homegrown psilocybin mushroom act of 2022

WHEREAS, The provisions of this act shall be known as the “Legalized Homegrown Psilocybin Mushroom Act of 2022,” [and] would amend state statute to make it so it “shall not be a violation” of state law “to cultivate psilocyn or psilocybin.” Under the proposal, possession of more than 50 grams but less than 100 grams…

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The gentrification of consciousness

…a gentrification of consciousness, a brave new world of psychedelic haves and have-nots… the gentrification of consciousness often involves stripping the journeys to altered states of all their historical, cultural, and religious significance and commodifying them in the mill of mass consumption… “The trauma we’re dealing with most is the trauma that comes from the…

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Scratching the surface of medical misogyny

The technocratic model of medicine… mind-body separation allows for us to subconsciously develop the idea that our bodies are property of an institution, and are reliant on medical intervention for survival. The issue of medical misogyny is one that is deeply rooted in technocratic medicine… industrialized medicine is reliant on the technocratic model, for it…

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World Health Organization Expert Committee on Drug Dependence [ECDD] recommends against critical review

“The Committee concluded that there is insufficient evidence to recommend a critical review of kratom.” While the decision was based on a scientific review of the risk of dependence, abuse potential and therapeutic applications of kratom, advocates also touted the fact that about 80,000 people submitted comments to the panel, sharing their perspectives and experiences…

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