Psychology

Why taking psychedelics is a lot like scuba diving…

…how about the mental healthcare therapists and psychiatrists who work with psychedelics, in clinical trials and beyond – shouldn’t they also be experienced psychedelic divers before they work with these substances? Well. This is a sensitive question, I’ve come to realize. I have been hesitant to speak my mind about it… There are many parallels…

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Biography/Memoir

…to help you trip…

…the San Pedro cactus… LaManna graduated from Central Michigan University in 2013 with a BA in business administration – as well as two felony convictions for selling psilocybin. “That freed me to go an alternative route in life,” he said. “I can’t get jobs in corporate America. It pitted me against the system. That led…

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Science

…alter your understanding…

…the social ramifications engendered by taking psychedelics have alarmed state security apparatuses, historically speaking… only 26 percent of participants attributed consciousness to plants prior to their psychedelic experience; afterwards, that number jumped to 61 percent. The jump for fungi was comparable. These impacts persisted with survey respondents reporting an average of eight years after the…

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Anthropology

Missouri… proposes adding access to LSD, MDMA, peyote, and psilocybin as treatment options

HB 2429 would expand access for right-to-try to not only those with terminal illnesses but also those who are afflicted with debilitating or life-threatening conditions as well. Missouri has had its own version of right-to-try since 2014… “Eligible patient”…has a debilitating, life-threatening, or terminal illness… …proposal reads, “The offense of possession of more than ten grams but…

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Psychology

Could magic mushrooms be the next marijuana?

Hudson Valley Psychedelic Society (HVPS) was founded in January 2021… “We wanted to provide local advocacy, education and community support to foster the safe, equitable integration of psychedelics into our region,” Grauer said. “We want to make sure it’s decriminalized, regulated and legalized, and we also want to make sure everyone is as safe as…

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Anthropology

Activists file Colorado ballot initiatives… psychedelics…

A national advocacy group recently filed two separate psychedelics reform initiatives for Colorado’s 2022 ballot, both of which are titled the Natural Medicine Healing Act… “It’s really important to advocate for full decrim first and foremost,” Nicole Foerster said at a December 16 virtual meeting of the group she leads, Decriminalize Nature Boulder County… “If…

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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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Spirituality

Seattle becomes largest U.S. city to decriminalize psychedelics

Further, it expresses the council’s intent “to determine what changes would be necessary to protect from arrest or prosecution individuals who cultivate entheogens” [ie, cultivating ayahuasca/iboga/psilocybe/san pedro, etc] and to make those changes through a subsequent ordinance. The legislation, passed by a unanimous vote, declares “that the investigation, arrest, and prosecution of anyone engaging in…

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