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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Psychology

Controversies… psychedelic

The concept of social sharing or decriminalized shared use is essential in psychedelic policy reform for several reasons. First, simple decriminalization for personal possession is insufficient to protect the most common dynamic of psychedelic use: a small group of people sharing psychedelics, often with a guide or group leader facilitating the experience… …the bill now…

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Modern Culture

…frontiers in the law of psychedelics

The state of the law on psychedelic substances is in flux. Not only are more and more jurisdictions decriminalizing the use of psychedelics for recreational purposes, but it appears that psychedelic substances are the new horizon… Psilocybin is a naturally occurring compound produced by over 200 species of mushrooms. Psilocybin is currently categorized as a…

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Politics

The fight for medical use of magic mushrooms is moving to the courts

“They’ve got an option,” Hawkswell says. “Create regulations or take dying patients to court. You know, which one of those futures should we be living in?” “Minister, I also qualify for MAID [medical assistance in dying],” he wrote in one letter. “Perhaps we should weigh the two applications simultaneously? I am not quite sure how…

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Anthropology

Decriminalization of psychedelics bill met… legislature

…the legislation would also repeal provisions in the California criminal code that prohibit the cultivation and transportation of spores of mushrooms associated with the psychoactive ingredient. …note that police unions and their lobbyists opposed marijuana legalization vociferously, making several claims about how the legalization of the drug would lead to an increase in crime and…

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Science

Just one dose of magic mushroom… regrows lost brain connections…

…triggered an immediate, long-lasting increase in neuronal connections after just a single dose. “We not only saw a 10 percent increase in the number of neuronal connections, but also they were on average about 10 percent larger, so the connections were stronger as well,” said neuroscientist Alex Kwan of Yale University. Original Article (Science Alert):Just one dose…

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Politics

…legal questions around psychedelic…

How will patents on psychedelics affect cost or access in the future?… Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) scheduling of psychedelics… “Many companies will have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo,” he said. “If a company can get permission from DEA to conduct trials on various psychedelics and at the same time potentially have certain…

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Science

Microdosing psychedelics and its effect on creativity… three double-blind placebo controlled longitudinal trials

In the final analyses we found that active microdosing increased the ratio of original responses (originality/fluency)… First, independent samples t-tests and chi-square tests were conducted on demographic data to see whether randomization to placebo and active condition was successful and groups were comparable before the start of the interventions. Next, the subjective effects of microdosing…

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Modern Culture

A… magic mushrooms legal guide

…magic mushrooms. Some countries are debating overturning decades-old psilocybin bans in favor of a policy of decriminalization… legalization… Magic mushrooms are a general term for any mushroom with hallucinogenic properties. These mushrooms can be found naturally. In many countries, magic mushrooms are technically illegal, although these laws are loosely enforced. Law enforcement may have a…

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