Biography/Memoir

…exemption to use ‘magic mushrooms’

In August 2020, the federal government began allowing patients with a terminal illness access to… [psilocybe mushrooms] through exemptions to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act [through Section 56, which was the first step in starting Canada’s medical marijuana program]… “These are patients that are dying,” said Minister of Health Patty Hajdu. Dr. Ryan Patchett-Marble,…

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Medicine/Healing

Marijuana: truly the gateway…

The catalyst… was the section 56 class exemption which opened avenues furthering the universality of Canadian access to marijuana. But what does this have to do with the legalization of psychedelic drugs? In making this decision, the Canadian government had set a… precedent: If illicit drugs can be shown to have significant medical benefits they…

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Medicine/Healing

Parallels between psychedelic and digital mainstreaming

…no stranger to the psychedelic scene having collaborated with Timothy Leary, Robert Anton Wilson, Terence McKenna, Ralph Metzner, Mark Pesce, and Erik Davis. …the mental health epidemic as an externality of capitalism, and placing our trust in… cures [that generate profits at the expense of individual and natural rights]. Will [the current pandemic] be to…

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Medicine/Healing

Psychedelic, [entheogenics & ethnobotanicals are] going mainstream. Will it be accessible to all?

The politics around psychedelics are changing as well: With great effort from advocates, various measures to decriminalize possession [and cultivation] of certain entheogens have passed in Oakland, [Ann Arbor, Michigan], Santa Cruz, Calif., as well as Denver [Colorado], and similar campaigns are underway in… other cities, [such as Portland, Oregon]. Sara Reed, study coordinator of…

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Medicine/Healing

Can psychedelics treat physical pain?

…suffering from chronic Lyme disease, I tried all kinds of treatments… psychedelics can… increase awareness of what’s happening inside someone’s body.  After my first iboga ceremony with a shaman in Mexico, I was shocked that not only did my Lyme symptoms completely lift, but the pain that I’d been feeling in my knees after falling…

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Psychology

…just handed a major opportunity to the movement

He is ready, on the basis of an alleged therapeutic use reported in preliminary research, to cause federal law to defer to a popular vote (under local law, not even state law) that changes the legal status of a psychedelic substance. That is the length and breadth of the proposed amendment in its true effect.…

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Medicine/Healing

Study: adult-use legalization associated with decline in youth treatment admissions

The enactment of adult-use cannabis legalization laws is not associated with an increase in marijuana-related youth drug treatment admissions, according to data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Separate studies have reported a dramatic and consistent decline in the prevalence of so-called cannabis use disorder over the better part of the past two decades. Self-reported use of marijuana…

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