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Since my favorite mushrooms are illegal for now, I grow edible mushrooms like this Cordyceps militaris instead! 


My name is Teresa and I am a soil science student who would like to use my education to grow/study cannabis and mushrooms. I started my journey in the cannabis industry in 2013 and I instantly knew this is where I belonged. I knew I wanted to be more than a bud-tender so I started doing research on making bubble hash. I became obsessed and would spend hours everyday learning more.

Eventually I decided that if I wanted to make amazing hash then I would have to learn how to grow amazing cannabis too! So then came my obsession for learning more about life in the soil and how tiny little creatures in the soil could make such a big impact. Once I saw Elaine Ingham's video: "Soil, Not Dirt" my whole perception of reality was turned upside down!

This was also around the time that I discovered Paul Stamets and his TedTalk on 6 Ways Mushrooms Will Save the Earth. There is a whole universe right under our feet and I had to learn more! I realized that a degree in soil science would allow me to learn about both mushrooms, cannabis, and life in the soil so it was perfect for me. I'm now halfway through my degree and excited to share everything I'm learning. I am most interested in learning about the symbiotic relationship between microbes and fungi and cannabis. I would like to study the microbiome of psilocybin mushrooms to better understand how microorganisms can effect the growth and psychoactive properties.

 

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This is one of the many reasons I support the normalization of psychedelics because science should not be stifled just because it can give you the giggles. Psychedelic research and therapy should be taken seriously. 

Around the same time that I discovered Ingham and Stamets was when I also discovered Terence Mckenna. He inoculated my heart with his theories and ideas for a better world. He made me realize that psychedelics weren't just some arbitrary drug, they were a tool to be used for personal growth. 

Mckenna was my inspiration to learn more about using psychedelics to heal from trauma. I deal with ptsd from sexual trauma and psilocybin mushrooms have saved my life in so many ways. Living with ptsd is debilitating and was destroying my life. I started to learn about the mental health benefits of mushrooms and microdosing.

Microdosing means taking such a small amount so you only receive the medical benefits without the high. I started microdosing and noticed that my mood stabilized and I was free from negative thought patterns. I didn't have to "trip" and I could go about my day normally. Microdosing helped remind me to appreciate the little things in life. It helps you see things from a new perspective. When I'm at my lowest, I have reoccurring negative thoughts and flashbacks but psilocybin helps me get out of this loop of negativity that was destroying my life.

This study with mice could explain how psilocybin mushrooms can be used to treat ptsd:

"Psilocybin facilitates extinction of the classically conditioned fear response, and this, and similar agents, should be explored as potential treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder and related conditions."

Research is limited because psilocybin is mistakenly a schedule I drug. Ending the war on drugs will progress science and the mental health field. I shouldn't have to feel like a criminal for using something from nature to treat my trauma and no one else should either. It is an obscene abuse of power to lock up a good citizen for simply putting something in their own bodies. I started my Herbal Vision as a way to inoculate your hearts with my ideas for a better world. A better world means cognitive freedom and respect for nature.  

I hope to use my Herbal Vision to encourage people to be more open about talking about the benefits of psychedelics in order to normalize it for research and therapeutic use. 

Mushrooms have just as much healing power as cannabis and should be legal.
Check out my essay on why we should legalize psychedelics.