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Decriminalizing and Legalizing Magic Mushrooms is Well Under Way Across U.S.A

UNITED STATES – Citizens in the U.S. call for the decriminalization of Psilocybin, commonly referred to as “Magic Mushrooms” or “Shrooms.” Medically legal now seems possible with Colorado passing decriminalization by a tight margin.

What Are Magic Mushrooms

Psilocybin may have been depicted as early as the Stone Age in rock art in Europe and Africa. It is most famously represented in the Pre-Columbian sculptures and glyphs discovered through Central and South America.

Psilocybin has a history of being used in ancient world cultures for ceremonial, religious, and medicinal purposes.

“Magic Mushrooms” are a hallucinogenic or psychedelic drug. People who “Trip” on shrooms report that colors become more vibrant and seem glowing. They notice surfaces glittering or an unusual richness of texture. It is expected that people in shrooms will smile uncontrollably and feel giggly. Along with all this, users have reported seeing geometric shapes.

Magic Mushroom Prohibition

Psilocybin mushrooms were first made illegal in the U.S. in 1968 because of “the excessive amounts that were being abused.” 

However, even though Psilocybin and psilocin were made Schedule I Drugs in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, the mushrooms themselves are not scheduled. But, possession of mushrooms that contain Psilocybin is illegal because they include Schedule I drugs.

The spores, however, are not illegal in most states because they do not contain the active drug ingredient found in mature “Magic Mushrooms.”

Denver, Colorado and Magic Mushrooms

An activist group in Denver, Colorado, collected more than 8,000 ballot petition signatures back in January, possibly nearly 9,500 signatures for an initiative to have the people of Denver vote to decriminalize Psilocybin, or “Magic Mushrooms.”

The group’s campaign raised around $45,000 on Monday evening on May 6 and didn’t face much-organized opposition in Denver to their pro-Psilocybin initiative.

Initiative 301 was held to a vote on Tuesday, May 7, and it passed with a narrow margin of 50.56% in favor and 49.44% opposed.

It passed, and the initiative made Denver the first city in the U.S. to decriminalize the hallucinogenic plant for people 21 or older and made it,

The lowest law enforcement priority in the City and County of Denver.

Denver will initialize a review panel on the effects of decriminalized Psilocybin, similar to how Colorado has a review panel for marijuana in that way.

Decriminalizing Denver’s primary goal is for people not to be arrested and go to jail for using the drug.

In 2012, Colorado voters approved legal marijuana and possession for those over 21; legal cannabis sales began in the state on New Year’s Day in 2014.

It looks like the Psilocybin initiative may have gone too far for those opposed, even for people in Mile High City, where voters passed legislation to decriminalize cannabis possession back in 2005. However, it did pass by a slim margin and could catch on in other U.S. states to do the same.

Oregon and Magic Mushrooms

Oregon activist groups will need to collect 112,200 valid petition signatures by July 2020 to place Petition 12 on the state ballot in 2020.

The initiative would be a first for the U.S. and would legalize the use of Psilocybin, but only when taken under the supervision of therapists.

However, as wweek.com reports, there has been some controversy surrounding this, and it isn’t coming from ordinary voters but the pro-Psilocybin groups themselves.

The chief petitioners behind the initiative, Beaverton therapists Tom and Sheri Eckert, have filed two complaints with Oregon’s secretary of state.

The Eckerts allege that a disgruntled former campaign employee named Christopher Abrahamsen has been improperly soliciting what would otherwise be campaign funds and hiding away valid signatures needed to put “Shrooms” on the ballot.

Abrahamsen runs a non-profit named Mushroom PAC 2020 and says the group is another avenue for the legalization of Psilocybin.

The Eckerts say the group is an effort to siphon away their fundraising and to undermine the campaign to collect signatures.

For a long time, Oregon has been a haven for people who prefer the state’s relaxed stance towards mind-altering substances. Oregon decriminalized cannabis back in 1973, and in recent times the state first legalized medical cannabis, then recreational use.

In 2017, Oregon generated $78 million in tax revenue from recreational cannabis. They are expected to get a heavy boost in Mushrooms tax revenue if the legislator is passed.

California and Magic Mushrooms

The California Psilocybin Mushroom Decriminalization Initiative (#17-0024) could not qualify to appear on the state ballot on November 6, 2018, but that hasn’t slowed down supporters on the initiative.

California activists are now trying to find legislative assistance for such an initiative to appear on the state ballot in 2020. Similar to the group in Denver’s name, the pro-Psilocybin group in the state goes by Decriminalize California.

The 2020 measure would also establish a ten-member review board which would be able to provide,

Guidance on the formulation of dosage guidelines and testing protocols, and establish the groundwork for the drafting of future regulations.

Before the organizers can start gathering signatures on the measure, they will need to put together the proposed language certified by the state attorney general’s office.

After that, 623,212 valid signatures from voters would be needed for the measure to qualify to be on the ballot.

A formal initiative is in the works, and Ryan Munevar of Decriminalize California says that,

Once the draft is done, we will give it to other states that might want to do something.

The most significant factor for why the initiative didn’t make it to the ballot in 2018 was the unrealistic expectation that Marina, California mayoral candidate Kevin Saunders proposed to allow the sale of Psilocybin.

Legalize It?

“Magic Mushrooms” is a much more complex plant than cannabis. Although it has been proven to have several documented medical benefits, research has shown Psilocybin to help cancer patients with depression and anxiety, relieve symptoms for people who experience cluster headaches, treat addiction, and could be an alternative to typical depression treatments. They can also treat or possibly cure PTSD; it may come with some unsafe risks.

Even though the 2017 Global Drug Survey found that Psilocybin is the safest recreational drug, the present psychology of the user must be taken into account, especially for those who have been diagnosed with psychosis.

Some subjects have been known to experience anxiety, nausea, paranoia, and DE-personalization when taking unsupervised and unregulated amounts of Psilocybin. A fraction of users has reported violent behavior and even suicidal thoughts. This means that Psilocybin should be used carefully in a clinical setting or with an experienced guide.

According to a 2016 study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, it showed that “bad trips,” experiences with Psilocybin that when taken in a hostile or paranoid state of mind, are beneficial for many people after using the drug, with 76 percent saying that as a result of their bad trip, they had an improved sense of well-being and outlook on life.

In essence, the “bad trip” was a reflection of themselves at that present moment. Most bad trips occur when experiencing Psilocybin in an uncomfortable setting or not having the support of a trustworthy person to guide them through their journey. This would not be of concern in a licensed facility with proper medical staff on hand to act as their guide through their psychosis, which has been proven in medical journals to produce satisfactory results.

In Conclusion

Looking at the research, it would be easy to see why it should be decriminalized and legalized. Like marijuana prohibition, decriminalizing then legalizing lowers crime rates, arrests, and jail sentences related to an unregulated and highly profitable business. 

Decriminalizing Shrooms would stop wasting the public resources pumped into the legal system to address harassment of the power, aka the war on drugs, similar to marijuana.

Although, even when decriminalized, users would still be getting their Shrooms from unregulated sources, making a case for medical use and legalization.

Decriminalized magic mushrooms seem to be, as many would agree, a step in the right direction until additional guidelines and regulations can push it to the next steps.

 

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The Benefits of Microdosing Magic Mushrooms

People around the world from many different cultures swear by the effects of magic mushrooms. For centuries, the meditative quality of psychedelics has been known to humans. However, they were demonized and banned from research in the early ’70s. Today, they are once again under scrutiny and scientific testing.

From having intense spiritual experiences to solving internal problems troubling you for years, shrooms have been reported to do whatever you want them to. Let’s explore the reason why so many people are microdosing psilocybin.

Instead of going about a regular day at home and work, how would you like to experience everything more?

People who microdose on psilocybin report that they can do dull, everyday things with increased enjoyment and satisfaction. Whether it’s playing with the kids or getting the groceries with your spouse, you will do it all without a yawn!

Microdosing means consuming 1/10th or 1/20th of a typical ‘trip’ dose of a psychedelic substance—in this case, magic shrooms! These mushrooms contain a compound called psilocybin, one of the several different types of psychedelics.

This imperceptible 10-20 microgram dosage will not make you Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, but it sure will benefit you in more than subtle ways.

So, how can a tiny amount of a chemical be so revolutionary and game-changing?

Effects of Magic Mushrooms

Once digested by the body, psychedelics cross the blood-brain barrier and attach themselves to dopamine receptors, making them fire repeatedly. This affects everything from the perception of your five senses to your perception of yourself. Many admit that their world exploded into color, and they saw patterns that they had never seen before. This allows you to experience your reality uniquely, in a way unimagined.

Dissolving the Ego—A Oneness with Everything

One commonly reported experience is the feeling of ‘oneness with everything, which is the root of the spirituality this drug is significantly associated with. With newer research, we know that this happens because all psychedelics can dissolve the ego- our experience of our self. Once we understand that the difference between our inner and outer world is self-created, we can connect more fully with nature.

Improved Mood

Many people gravitate towards microdosing because they want that lift in their mood. Where they felt under the weather every morning, now they wake up with a kick in their step. This sets the tone for their entire day and brings in positivity.

Boost in Creativity

People in creative fields swear by microdosing. On dry days when no ideas are coming through, microdosing psilocybin can open up new avenues. These artists feel a significant surge in creativity and find new inspiration where there was none before.

Psilocybin could take you somewhere completely new, or you may find yourself finally completing and executing the ideas you have had for ages. It all depends on what mindset you’re going in with.

Better Focus

Do you find yourself getting distracted every few seconds by something new? Microdosing psilocybin gives you the kind of focus you always wanted—razor-sharp and unmoving. You can sit down to perform any task, be it work-related or creative, and feel your mind become at one with the job at hand. Many celebrities, musicians, and artists combine creativity and focus on creating their next big masterpiece!

A Cure For Addictions and Phobias

Recent neuroscience studies have reported that shrooms can help you create new neural pathways in the brain. Mental illnesses like anxiety, depression, and phobias tend to strengthen negative thought patterns in your brain, eventually making them the only ones you can access. With shrooms, neuroscientists claim that you can achieve a fresh field of snow to create new thought patterns—the ones that can help you excel in life.

Assuaging Anxiety and Stress

Psychedelics have shown tremendous promise in cutting-edge research in neuroscience science. Researchers find that one total dose of psilocybin can assuage anxiety, depression, chronic phobias, and many other kinds of psychological illnesses. One dose—no other drug shows this kind of results, and, shockingly, it was kept out of medical research for so long.

Microdose on magic shrooms so that you can take advantage of the powerful qualities of psilocybin that can transform your life. Keep in mind setting an intention matters a whole lot—a subject we will get into later.

A Shift in Personality

Because psychedelics create new pathways in the brain that stay valid after the drugs wear off, you may find yourself feeling ‘different’ after the experience. Your set and setting and your intention when taking the drug will decide if the change is for the better or worse.

Spiritual Connections

For some, the experience of microdosing can bring out their spiritual side. These people report a higher level of ‘connection’ to their higher self and heightened senses. This can be especially useful to people who are interested in the mystical and the divine.

Other Benefits

Besides being a fantastic cure for illnesses, psychedelics have many other benefits. For instance, they can incredibly enhance your ability to be creative. Our brains are thought machines that combine the data we perceive in several different ways.

With shrooms, we get the chance to re-perceive and re-combine data that we already have with different conclusions. This could mean solving problems you have been stuck on for ages or changing your negative outlook of the world.

Once you microdose on magic mushrooms, we guarantee that you will never come out the door the same person you went in—it will forever be an experience of a lifetime. Don’t forget to always test your mushrooms before microdosing and use an Ehrlich Reagent testing kit to check for pureness.

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The Complete Guide on DMT

DMT, also known as N, or N-dimethyltryptamine, is a hallucinogenic drug. This hallucinogenic drug produces similar effects to other psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin.

DMT is also refferred to as:

  • Spiritual molecule
  • Fantasia
  • Dimitri
  • Businessman’s special
  • Businessman’s trip
  • 45-minute psychosis

Despite the research being done on the possible medicinal benefits, DMT can have, it is still classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance in the United States. This means that it is illegal to buy, possess, or distribute it. However, some cities have decriminalized DMT, but it’s still illegal under federal and state law.

DMT Facts

Some essential facts about DMT are:

  • DMT has been used for thousands of years.
  • Known as a “spirit molecule” drug
  • DMT has been used in Shamanic rituals in South America.

The History

DMT has been used in many religious ceremonies in South American countries and naturally occurs in many plants. Not only that but DMT can also be made in a lab.

Many users use this hallucinogenic drug for its psychoactive and hallucinogenic effects.

One of the most positive reported effects from users is a sense of “spiritual insight.”

Is DMT and Ayahuasca The Same?

Yes and no. DMT is the active ingredient in Ayahuasca. The difference between the two is that Ayahuasca is prepared using two plants called the Psychotria Viridis and Banisterioposis. At the same time, DMT contains MSOIs, that prevent the breakdown of DMT in the body.

Does DMT Natually Exist in The Brain?

As far as research goes, no one knows for sure. However, some experts believe that the pineal gland produces DMT in the brain and gets released when we dream.

Other experts believe that it’s released during birth and death. Some even go as far as claiming that the release of DMT at death may be the cause of near-death experiences many of us hear about.

What Does DMT Feel Like?

Experiences with DMT can vary; some may enjoy the trip while others may be overwhelmed or frightened.

A trip from DMT is described as “breaking out of a simulation” by many users. The effects are said to be more intense than other psychedelics. Users also report being able to access their inner minds and a feeling of being launched into other dimensions. Some describe traveling at high speeds through a tunnel of shapes and bright lights. Some may even feel like they have transformed into entirely different beings.

Language and time are not perceived or recognized during the trip. Users may experience telepathic communications with beings. DMT is regarded as having a completely different trip than LSD and magic mushrooms because users are taken into a whole other world instead of facing their problems or enhancing their mood.

How is DMT Consumed?

DMT usually comes in a white powder and can be either smoked, snorted, vaporized, or injected. 

In religious ceremonies, vines and plants are boiled to create tea.

How Long Does it Take to Feel The Effects of DMT?

The effects of DMT are rapid and occur within 5 to 10 minutes.

Plant-based tea brews, however, take as long as 20 to 60 minutes to take effect.

How Long Does DMT Last?

The duration and intensity of DMT depend on a few things:

  • How you took it: Inhaled, injected, or snorted last for 30 to 45 minutes.
  • The amount you use
  • Whether you took other drugs
  • Whether you have eaten

Drinking DMT in a brew like Ayahuasca will have long and lasting effects, up to 2 or 6 hours.

Harm Reduction Tips

Even though DMT exists naturally in many plant species, it is still a potent drug. So if you are going to try it for the first time, I suggest that you take a few precautionary steps to reduce any adverse reactions.

Don’t forget to keep these tips in mind when tripping on DMT:

  1. DO NOT trip on DMT alone. Do it with people you trust.
  2. Make sure to have at least one sober friend just in case anything goes wrong.
  3. Be sure to trip in a place you feel most comfortable in.
  4. It is better to sit or lie down during a DMT trip to avoid falling and injuring yourself.
  5. DO NOT combine DMT with other drugs so that you can avoid any adverse reactions.
  6. Pick a time when you feel positive to trip on DMT as the effects are pretty intense.
  7. DO NOT take DMT if you are taking antidepressants or have a heart condition or high blood pressure.
  8. And last but not least, DON’T FORGET to Test before using!

Conclusion

Like I’ve said before, DMT is a naturally occurring substance in many plant species and is extensively used in religious ceremonies in South America. Today, it’s used for its hallucinogenic effects.

If you plan on using DMT, do not forget to follow all the steps above to reduce your risk of any adverse reactions.

Moreover, as with all psychedelics, the “set” and “setting” are important factors determining whether the user will have a pleasant and positive experience or a bad trip. Set is the user’s mental state before tripping on DMT; these are your thoughts, expectations, and mood. The setting is the social and physical environment in which DMT is consumed. So being in a comfortable environment and with people, you trust will reduce the risk of a bad trip.

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How Psilocybin Can Change Your Life

Psilocybin changes everything. For those not familiar with psilocybin, it is the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms” that induces a hallucinogenic state and has a powerful and lasting impact on the human brain.

Recent research shows it could be helpful in the treatment of depression, PTSD, addiction, and other conditions and a tool to help terminal patients come to terms with death.

All well and significant, but how does this impact the average person who doesn’t struggle with any of the above conditions? That is what I have set out to discuss today. First, however, I want to talk about a few common misconceptions about psilocybin.

The History of Psilocybin

Despite its classification as a Schedule 1 narcotic, psilocybin is one of the safest psychoactive substances. Historians have traced its use back to some of the earliest known societies, and it has remained a key component of shamanistic rituals across the globe even to this day.

There is even pretty convincing evidence of cave paintings depicting the consumption of psilocybin mushrooms dating back tens of thousands of years.

The only non-theologian researcher on the initial team dedicated to studying the famous Dead Sea Scrolls concluded that early Christians ritualistically consumed psilocybin. He wrote a book about it called “The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross.”

Psilocybin is Far Safer Than Any Other Substance

You can argue that past societies may not have been aware of any potential harm elicited from the substance, but modern statistics lean in the mushroom’s favor as well. You can scour the internet and find maybe one or two fatalities EVER recorded, and those individuals had a pre-existing condition that made consumption of psilocybin dangerous.

Considering the estimate that millions of people use psilocybin each year in America alone, we are looking at a substance far safer than alcohol, tobacco, and the large majority of prescription medications. And no, it is not food poisoning. A small percentage of people who ingest psilocybin experience stomach discomfort, but the neurotoxicity rates for psilocybin are almost negligible.

An Eye-Opening Experience Like No Other

Of course, there is always the possibility of a “bad trip.” For those of you not familiar with this term, it is when the psychedelic experience becomes unpleasant or overly intense. It can happen when people take too large of a dose without proper mental preparation or enter with negative emotional baggage. A person’s setting or surroundings can even trigger it, so adequate preparation is so necessary.

However, all bad trips end, and although the experience may be unpleasant during its duration, many experienced psychedelic users have stated that bad trips can be seen as positive events as they often force people to confront their demons or negative thoughts.

Bad trips can happen, but most people who ingest psilocybin enjoy a pleasurable and reflective experience.

The Growth of New Brain Cells

Enough with the grim and gritty. Why should anyone even bother with psilocybin? The most profound benefit of psilocybin is neurogenesis. Neurogenesis is the growth of new brain cells.

In adults, this can only occur in a few select areas, the hippocampus being the most prominent and essential. What is critical is that neurogenesis in the hippocampus plays a significant role in learning and memory.

This is one reason why psilocybin is being researched to combat depression and PTSD. Suppose new neural pathways can be developed in patients struggling with particular traumatic memories or stagnant learning loops. In that case, we may fight the problem by bypassing the old connections in favor of new ones.

The best part about this type of therapy is that it could be achieved over just a few sessions instead of being on prescription drugs for the bulk of your remaining life. It could be a fix, as opposed to a Band-Aid.

What does this mean for you? Ever been in a tough mental rut? We all have. We suffer from the same external stimuli as everyone else.

Traumatic or unpleasant events can happen to us, and we often allow negative people or thoughts into our lives. This invariably affects us, decreases our focus, and can cause us to plateau or even regress.

Neurogenesis could be the solution. New neurons in the hippocampus mean new neural pathways and ultimately new ways of learning and analyzing past and future memories.

Why are depressed people encouraged to go out and try new things? For this exact reason. If you can develop a new pattern and a new mental pattern, you can bypass all kinds of negative thoughts, emotions, and habits.

This is why psilocybin has also shown to be wildly successful for those individuals trying to break stubborn habits like smokers trying to quit.

Benefits of Psilocybin

Neurogenesis alone is convincing evidence in favor of psilocybin use. However, it does not stop there. Low doses of psilocybin (doses too low to invoke hallucinations) increase visual acuity. Some theories maintain that early hominids took advantage of this to improve their hunting and survival skills.

In addition, psilocybin increases the stretch reflex of muscle tissue, unlike other substances like alcohol that harm your muscular system.

Other benefits of psilocybin:

  • Invokes natural curiosity and creativity,
  • Induces mystical experiences and
  • It has been known to diminish or destroy the ego temporarily.

All of these components help you experience the world in a brand new way, provide perspective and foster deep introspection. It is no surprise that many people who have tried psilocybin consider the experience the single most profound and spiritual experience of their lifetime.

Despite the benefits, many people are not able to distinguish the difference between illegal and immoral. Just because a substance is a Schedule 1 narcotic does not mean that its use is immoral and that those who partake in it are looked down upon. Instead, it is time to take a more critical eye to a select few of the substances on the Schedule 1 list and determine if the benefits of their use outweigh any potential physical or mental harm.

Psilocybin seems to be a clear-cut case to me, and fortunately, there is a growing movement in favor of its legalization. With marijuana blazing the way, the state of Washington has a large support base that is pushing for psilocybin to be the next state-legalized drug currently listed by the federal government as Schedule 1.

A New Era

Only time will tell if psilocybin will follow in the footsteps of marijuana. In the meantime, researchers at John Hopkins University and other renowned establishments will continue to study the substance and determine what long-term medical benefits exist.

So far, the results are promising. I know many of you will look at this information in a skeptical light as it probably runs counter to many of your ingrained belief systems. But I urge you to give this fungus a chance. Open up your mind to just the possibility that psilocybin might have a lasting and positive impact on select individuals and society as a whole.

Be cautious, be skeptical. But go and do your homework. Check out the excellent research that is being performed, and once educated, make your own decision.