Alternative Medicine, Wellness / Self-Care

PSA: Oregon legalizes magic mushrooms

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words by: Natasha Marsh
Nov 23, 2021

The climate of CBD and mushrooms has changed drastically within the last five to ten years. We went from some cities and states making it illegal to sell lattes with CBD to Oakland, California decriminalizing magic mushrooms known to cause hallucinations in 2019. And similarly in 2019, Denver, Colorado voting to make possession and consumption of psilocybin mushrooms (aka: shrooms) the lowest law enforcement priority — it’s still a felony if you sell them though.

 

How it happened

Although these were all considered steps in the right direction for magic mushroom fans, Oregon state took it a step further recently when they passed a measure to legalize psilocybin. In fact, more than half (56.12%) of the state’s population voted in favor of psilocybin. Because so much movement has been around magic mushrooms lately, people in favor are starting to wonder if they will get the same treatment as marijuana — as in the ability to use it recreationally in every state.

 

Opinions on it

Of course, it’s no surprise that the medical community is undecided on the safety of  psilocybin mushrooms. In fact, some experts even say there are really health benefits to obtain with these substances. The professionals are speaking about how psilocybin mushrooms can help with anxiety and depression, chronic pain, and irritable bowel syndrome. Of course, there are some medical experts that are only thinking about the psychotic episodes or engagement with reckless behavior that the magic mushrooms could lead too. So the decision is quite split.

 

No one really knows when the decision will be made, in large part because the medical community and the United States government for that matter, refuse to study magic mushrooms and other psychedelic compounds. However, research is being conducted by independent research companies like The Beckley Foundation, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), and the Heffter Research Institute.

 

And that’s just the government and medical community views. American citizens are also conflicted on how they view and feel about consumption of psychedelic mushrooms. In 2017, a survey conducted by TIME Magazine discovered that 53% of the people asked said they would be happy for medical research to be done on psychedelic drugs. Which was a huge increase from a 2016 Vox survey that found 22% of people supporting the decriminalizing of psilocybin mushrooms.

 

Of course as the hold starts to lift on magic mushrooms, more and more people could potentially become curious and want to experiment with them. Experts are concerned about abuse, irresponsible use, and carrier risks — especially from those who falsely claim magic mushrooms provide therapeutic services.

 

If you want to learn more, check out our first person account of micro-dosing magic mushrooms for mental health.

 

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