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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Science

Shrooms and lsd linked to lower heart disease and diabetes risk

“The findings suggest that lifetime classic psychedelic use is associated with lower odds of having had heart disease or diabetes in the past year,” lead study author and Oxford sociologist Otto Simonsson, [said]. A team of scientists identified the unexpected trend after poring over ten years’ worth of data from the National Survey on Drug…

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Anthropology

…psychedelic… rush

The future of psychedelic therapy is also uncertain. While it seems likely that at least some psychedelic drugs will be approved for certain medical conditions in the years to come, it’s also possible that recreational use could be widely decriminalized or legalized. The status quo could also stay in place. The companies and people hoping…

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Biography/Memoir

Psilocybin is like penicillin for the brain, rewiring it to generate new neurological pathways

“Very much like how penicillin can treat a multitude of infectious diseases, we’re seeing that now psilocybin portrays very similar qualities for the treatment of mental health, addictions, and things of that nature,” Welsh said. Welsh noted these results seem to signal that investigators may be going down the right path with their research exploring…

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Anthropology

…psychedelic mushrooms grow

Though Oregon is the only full state to decriminalise magic mushrooms, these are all of the cities or counties in the United States where psilocybin is currently decriminalised… Denver, Colorado – May 2019 Oakland, California – June 2019 Santa Cruz, California – January 2020 Ann Arbor, Michigan – September 2020 Oregon – November 2020 District…

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Medicine/Healing

GOP Pennsylvania lawmaker files psilocybin research bill for veterans and first responders

…would establish “a framework for research in this Commonwealth to discover innovative methods to optimize the public health benefits of psilocybin.” It would prioritize studies that focus on veterans, retired first responders and their families. Under HB 1959, which was formally filed with 19 cosponsors on Wednesday [Oct. 6th], the state Department of Health would authorize…

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Politics

[US City of] Arcata decriminalizes psychedelics

The City Council of Arcata made the decision unanimously to decriminalize the personal possession and growing of psychedelics… Danielle Daniel, Lead Organizer of Decriminalize Nature Humboldt… “The Arcata City Council’s decision to decriminalize entheogens within city limits was both courageous and honorable.. with decriminalization more Arcata residents will have access to the support they need to heal…

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Modern Culture

You can now consume, cultivate non-commercial psychedelics without arrest in Seattle

The city had already taken decriminalization steps when it comes to personal drug possession, having a policy to not arrest or prosecute in those situations. The new resolution aims to protect those who cultivate and share psychedelics for “religious, spiritual, healing or personal growth practices.” While the resolution passed, it is not an ordinance, which…

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