States like Colorado and Oregon have already made huge strides in the world of Marijuana, and are currently working on doing the same for psychedelic mushroom use. While many believe the idea of legalizing ‘shrooms’ is quite controversial many tout the benefits regarding anxiety and depression.
Denver recently went so far as to have almost 10,000 signatures submitted to get the measure of legalization on the upcoming ballot. While this has to be reviewed, it is a step towards real change. While the current measure would not technically ‘legalize’ the sale or use of shrooms, in general, it would cut down the possession charges and place it lower than any other ‘drug.’ This a step towards really getting things done.
Psilocybin (magic mushrooms/naturally occurring fungi) can reduce stress on a psychological level, reduce opioid use, and is not addictive. Studies have shown that its use can benefit those with their anxiety, depression, or in some cases withdrawals. In Oregon, advocates are working to also get the issue on a ballot for the 2020 election according to Fox13.
Another state to make their voice heard on this topic is California, and they are also trying to decriminalize this trippy fungus and make it more available to those who need it. The group/movement in Oregon taking a stand to really bring forth a big difference is the Psilocybin Service Initiative and they do not seem to be backing down anytime soon.
“The intent of the 2020 Psilocybin Service Initiative of Oregon is to advance a breakthrough therapeutic model currently being perfected in research settings at top universities around the world. The service model involves a sequence of facilitated sessions, including assessment and preparation, psilocybin administration, and integration afterward. We envision a community-based framework, where licensed providers, along with licensed producers of psilocybin mushrooms, blaze trails in Oregon in accordance with evolving practice standards.”
Currently, the possession of psychedelic mushrooms here in the US is a felony and lowering that down is the first move towards legalization. As the years pass, it becomes apparent how much more open people of the US are becoming and with that also taking the benefits of different things into account. While its legalization or at least decriminalization on some level would change a lot of things it would bring about both positive and negative.
Regarding the use of psychedelic mushrooms the NY Times reported as follows:
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have recommended that psilocybin, the active compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms, be reclassified for medical use, potentially paving the way for the psychedelic drug to one day treat depression and anxiety and help people stop smoking.
The suggestion to reclassify psilocybin from a Schedule I drug, with no known medical benefit, to a Schedule IV drug, which is akin to prescription sleeping pills, was part of a review to assess the safety and abuse of medically administered psilocybin.
Their article went on to note just how popular something called microdosing has become and how productive it makes people. Sure, many will be against it but it seems far more are all for it. What do you think in regards?