Psychology

Canada is allowing people with [depression to consume & those with terminal illness to possess & consume] psychedelic mushrooms

The Canadian government is allowing patients who are not terminally ill to legally consume psychedelic mushrooms… Psilocybin, the active ingredient in mushrooms, is illegal to produce, possess, and sell in Canada; typically the only exception is for approved research purposes. But this summer [2020], Health Canada granted exemptions to people with terminal illnesses, allowing them to possess…

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Psychology

What psychedelic mushrooms are teaching us about human consciousness

Published in NeuroImage, their breakthrough study used real-time brain scans in humans to show that psilocybin reduces activity in the claustrum by up to 30 percent. This coincides with people’s subjective feelings of ego dissolution and oneness with their environment while under the influence of the drug. The less active the claustrum, the stronger the psychedelic effect…

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Psychology

US drug laws set for sweeping overhaul as voters choose decriminalization

Thanks to a push by drug reform advocates, in every state where the ballot was proposed, people voted to abolish criminal penalties for possession. In Oregon, all illegal drugs – including [LSD, MDMA] heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines – will be decriminalized, meanwhile psilocybin, or psychoactive mushrooms, will be legalized for therapeutic use – a historic first……

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Psychology

After permitting psilocybin for terminal patients… could open the door to psychedelics

Now, having sided with science and compassion, the Canadian government approved Tobin’s [56(1)] exemption – although the patients will still have to secure their own psilocybin on the black market.  But there’s an interesting parallel here: Section 56 is the same segment of Canada’s drug laws that allowed for an exemption of medical marijuana back in 1999.…

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Psychology

Oregon… research… [neurodiversity exclusionism]

Some advocates… worry the use of the drug will be contorted for profit… the measure does not allow home use of psilocybin. “Oregon does tend to be the catalyst,” Dustin Marlan, an assistant law professor at the University of Massachusetts School of Law, said… psilocybin is a naturally occurring compound found in more than 200…

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Psychology

…[natural] psilocybin the new CBD…

Psilocybin’s natural origins make it more desirable versus the chemical psychedelic compounds. The… landscape for psilocybin [mushrooms], is rapidly changing. Several municipalities in the United States have decriminalized it including Denver Colo., Oakland and Santa Cruz, Calif. The latest to join this small group is Ann Arbor, Mich. Original Article (Thestreet):Is psilocybin the new CBD?Artwork…

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Psychology

Cannabis offers a path away from opioids, B.C. studies find

“It’s an exit ramp and not a gateway like all the drug war propaganda has led us to believe,” she said… And a second complementary study suggests that for youth in particular, cannabis can be an important alternative way of coping with mental health challenges, physical pain and trauma. Regular cannabis users also appear to…

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Psychology

Mindfulness meditation enhances positive effects of psilocybin

Researchers of the University of Zurich have now shown that mindfulness meditation can enhance the positive long-term effects of a single dose of psilocybin, which is found in certain mushrooms. “Our findings shed light on the interplay between pharmacological and extra-pharmacological factors in psychedelic states of mind,” says Vollenweider. “They indicate that mindfulness training enhances…

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Psychology

Decriminalization is just the start of real reform – and… users need to be part of the conversation

For… users, the potential pitfalls of [blanket] decriminalization are frightening and all too likely to happen. One fear they have about decriminalization is that authorities will drop criminal punishments, only to raise an oppressive regime of civil penalties – specifically, issuing tickets and fines… a fear is that… decriminalize [all] drugs, that’s where the experiment…

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