Why Police Officers Should Use Psychedelics

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Why Police Officers Should Use Psychedelics

Why Police Officers Should Use Psychedelics

The idea that a police officer should use psychedelics may seem silly to you at first and I can't blame you. On the surface, it seems like a preposterous idea. I'm guessing you are imagining officers eating mouthfuls of mushrooms on the job and goofing off but this is not what I mean. Police officers have one of the most stressful jobs that can lead to ptsd and trauma. Ptsd can lead people to make poor and dangerous choices.  If we dig a little deeper, we will see psychedelics could potentially help treat ptsd from on-the-job trauma, treat addiction caused by ptsdit could make them more empathetic, lower the chance of domestic violence, help them process their emotions, and lead to more mentally healthy officers who make more rational decisions. It could make officers more mentally healthy so that they can react to situations in a healthy manner in order to keep themselves and citizens safe. When psychedelics are legal, officers will be able to go to a trained professional in a safe setting in order to use psychedelics to heal from the trauma they face from on the line duty. Psychedelics could prevent excessive force and save tax payers millions of dollars in settlements due to abusive behavior from officers. Officers go through a lot and deserve to use a medicine that is helping so many other people. 

Of course I’m not implying that ALL officers should use psychedelics and it’s not certain that this is something for everyone because everyone reacts differently to everything. It might not be for everyone but everyone deserves to be able to use this medicine without having to worry if their freedom will be taken for using something to heal. With Oregon collecting signatures to get psilocybin mushrooms on the ballot in 2020 it is only a matter of time for this medicinal tool to be normalized and integrated into our society so it can be used in a safer way. Denver, Colorado is also working on an initiative to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms. If these initiatives are successful, it will pave the way to end the war on drugs so law enforcement can focus on more important violent crimes.

MDMA-assisted psychotherapy

I became interested in this subject when I was at a MAPS event about MDMA trials to treat ptsd. There was a police officer there who told us his heart breaking story about his ptsd and trauma that he endured as an officer. It was the first time I heard things from their perspective and it allowed me to see the bigger picture. His ptsd was taking over his life and making it hard for him to continue working. His trauma was making it hard for him to live a normal life. He had suicidal thoughts and didn't want to face life anymore. He was involved in a gang shootout and his life was never the same. He told us that he was at the point in his life where he was willing to try anything to deal with his trauma. That officer deserves to use a tool like psychedelics to heal from the mental trauma that was keeping him from the job he loved. He deserves the chance to try something that is helping so many other people. Mental health must be a higher priority for everyones sake. 

MAPS studies with MDMA:
Preliminary studies have shown that MDMA in conjunction with psychotherapy can help people overcome PTSD, and possibly other disorders as well. MDMA is known for increasing feelings of trust and compassion towards others, which could make an ideal adjunct to psychotherapy for PTSD.

We are studying whether MDMA-assisted psychotherapy can help heal the psychological and emotional damage caused by sexual assault, war, violent crime, and other traumas. We also sponsored completed studies of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for autistic adults with social anxiety, and MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for anxiety related to life-threatening illnesses.”

Ending the stigma against psychedelics will end the stigma against mental health

Unfortunately, most people just picture psychedelics as just some goofy thing that weird hippies do. In reality, we are doing our society a great disservice to write-off the many benefits of psychedelics. They aren't just for hippies- they are for people who need to heal..the cops, the doctors, the fire fighters, the nurses...they could all be benefiting from this medicine. The studies being done with psychedelic therapy are showing potential in treatments for addictions, ptsd, trauma, and anxiety. Psychedelics are linked to reduced domestic violence which is a big problem in law enforcement and also plays out into abusing citizens in a similar way. Psilocybin mushrooms are also linked to lower crime rates which is good for everyone. More studies need to be done but their implications need to be taken seriously because mental health is a big problem for everyone in our society and needs to be addressed. 

Writing this blog was very emotional for me. I thought it would be a healing experience to learn more about the person who made me feel like I was not worth serving and protecting. In a way, it was healing and heightened my sense of compassion for them because now I realize how much trauma they go through but at the same time it has made me realize the many many problems that come from the way the police department is set up. They don't value mental health and belittle and ridicule the good officers who feel remorse and sympathy for the things they've had to witness. 

This mindset that having emotions is negative and a sign of "weakness"  is plaguing our society and needs to end in every area of our lives. Admitting you need help should be seen as a sign of strength because once you admit you need help, that's when you can get better and perform at your best in all areas of your life. Admitting you suffer emotional trauma from horrific things you've witnessed is the greatest sign of strength. Only a sociopath wouldn't feel remorse for some of the things police officers have to be involved in and yet they are told to "tough it out". The desperate need to be "tough" to the point officers suppress their emotions is leading to suicides, addiction, and leads to officers escalating situations instead of de-escalating them which puts the officer at a higher risk for injury or death.


FUCK THE POLICE

Many of you reading this may not have the best relationship with police officers. It is not hard to see the public has had it with police corruption. People chant "Fuck the Police" and there are various groups dedicated to exposing police brutality. To be honest, one of the reasons that I suffer from ptsd and use psychedelics to treat it is because of abuse from a corrupt police officer. You should be able to feel safe around officers but my experience has not been this way. At first, I felt like I hated the police. I felt betrayed and I felt unsafe. I felt like I had no one to go to if I ever needed help. No one should feel this way about someone who we pay to keep us safe.  If they want us to respect them then we need to see change in the way the department is set up. 

Even if you don’t like them, you have to admit that it would be better for everyone if they were mentally healthy. Most of you might not like them because of the epidemic of police corruption and brutality that we see far too often in the news. But if officers were more mentally healthy, perhaps these issues wouldn’t happen in the first place. If we put more focus on their mental health, we might create officers that are respectable, empathetic, and non-violent. Maybe that officer would have treated me with more respect and empathy if he had a psychedelic experience.

Instead of saying Fuck the Police and hating these people, we should show them compassion if we ever want them to get better. If we want their system to change, we have to put ourselves in their shoes and see things from their perspective. Hating the police will not get us anywhere. If police officers are mentally unhealthy, they will be more likely to over-react and cause the situations that people are hating them for. In order to stop police corruption we have to first focus on mental health. Police officers are just human beings and human beings are not without flaws. We need to get to the root of the problem and that is exactly what psychedelics can help with. 


Hippies create police. Police create hippies.

The graphic below sums up this idea. Police corruption is creating people who hate authority and laws. And then the 'Fuck the Police' crowd are creating officers who are overly-aggressive and in the mindset that the public is their enemy. The only way to break this cycle is by having compassion for your adversaries. Police need to have compassion for us and we need compassion for them. We are just Humans on this Earth trying to figure things out together and we are more progressive when we work together. 

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Police officers put their lives on the line every day

As a police officer, they have to deal with a lot of dangerous situations that even the toughest person would be scarred by. They deal with murders, deaths of children, severe abuse, and more heinous crimes that we might not even be able to imagine. Everyday that a police officer wakes up, they don't know if they will be shot at or have to shoot someone. Whether you like them or not, these people put their lives on the line everyday.

After everything they have to go through, they are told to "tough it out" and suppress their emotions to the point that it is leading to suicides, addiction, and poor decisions while on the job. If an officer witnesses abuse of children and gory murders and they aren't emotionally effected by it, they are by definition a sociopath. Sociopaths should not be police officers but it seems like the department encourages sociopathic behavior and this is the biggest problem. Good officers are the ones who have a coincidence and care about the traumas they've had to witness. We need to give more support to the good officers. 


Psychedelics can treat PTSD from on the job trauma


Being a police officer has to be one of the most stressful jobs and I can imagine it is hard to react properly in every single situation. Many officers are suffering from their own ptsd and trauma. Many of them are negatively reacting from experiences from their past and this is where psychedelics can help out. Psychedelics can "rewire" your brain to make it easier to deal with trauma and ptsd. In a study with mice, psilocybin mushrooms showed potential for facilitating the extinction of the classically conditioned fear response. 

Responding out of fear is dangerous not only to the officers but to the general public. Reacting out of fear from past experiences could cost an officer or civilian their life. Psychedelics are showing great potential to treat many mental health problems which law enforcement should be benefiting from. Perhaps, psychedelics could help officers deal with trauma and help them perform their jobs better. Perhaps, it could help them deal with the stressful situations they have to deal with every day. Having officers with a healthy mindset will only improve the safety of citizens as well as the officers themselves. 

I'm not saying that any and every officer should use psychedelics. But they should have the option to be evaluated to use psychedelics in a safe and controlled environment in order to treat their ptsd and trauma. If it is showing potential to treat mental illnesses then officers should be first in line for its treatment. These people are the protectors of our society and their mental health should be a huge priority. It can improve their own well-being as well as citizens so why can't we at least give it a chance? It could end up saving us millions of dollars and thousands of lives...


Interview with Police Officer, Chad Thomas, on the effects of PTSD

This interview with officer, Chad Thomas was eye-opening and changed my perspective on who police officers are. Ten minutes into the video and I bet you can't help but tear up. He tells of his experience where he tried to save a little boy and was unsuccessful in his efforts. Thomas was feeling remorse because he couldn't do anything to save him. Police officers have to deal with these things all the time.

Imagine seeing children die in front of you and being expected to just shake it off and go back to work. When a police officer is shot, the whole department will be there to back him up. They care about their physical health but why not their mental health? When an officer goes through mental trauma, the whole department should be there to back him up just like they do when there is a physical threat. Being mentally unhealthy can be just as dangerous as physically unhealthy. Ptsd is a big reason police officers are committing suicide and getting addicted to drugs. 

At the 29:40 mark, Officer Thomas goes into detail about how the stress led him to drug addiction.
"I was looking for anything to numb the pain". 

"I remember looking at my gun and for that brief moment I thought to myself I'm going to pull that gun out of my holster. I'm gonna stick it in my mouth and I'm gonna let these people come in and clean up the mess for the grief that I'm going through right now. And just as I was thinking that, I'd look to my left and I see the can sitting on my desk and I knew that inhaling the air from that would make the pain go away and for that brief moment I picked up the can and I took two puffs out of the can. That's the last thing I remember until two other officers came in and found me in my office I didn't try and hide it I didn't try and exclude myself it wasn't for my pleasure it wasn't for my fun, at that moment I felt very desperate."

Ptsd and trauma are contributing factors to the cause of addiction in too many people. If people can't deal with their pain, they use pain numbing drugs. But psychedelics are not pain numbing. Psychedelics make you look into yourself and can help you get to the root of the problem instead of just covering it up. Psychedelics are being used to treat all kinds of addictions from heroin to cigarettes. But we must remember that addiction is a symptom of a much bigger problem. Psychedelics not only help take care of the symptom, they also help get to the root of the problem.



"There's officers that have been through a heck of a lot worse than me and for them to tell me that these things don't bother them...that they don't have problems inside... I'm gonna tell you right now from my experience they're not telling the truth, their not honest with themselves, they're in denial and they're afraid for the same thing that I was. They don't want to lose their job they don't want to be ridiculed" -Officer Chad Thomas

The symptom is drug addiction but the disease is the way the police department treats mental health. They take no consideration for how the stresses of their job will effect their well-being. Officers risk their jobs and being able to take care of their families by admitting they have issues with their ptsd. They are told to "man up" and push their emotions to the side but human beings cannot do this. Human beings are not meant to deal with such intense situations constantly. Whether they consider using psychedelics or not, mental health still needs to be a higher priority. 


People in power who have our lives in their hands need to be mentally healthy


The mental health aspect of our job is something we need to focus more on
— Detective Rob Davis

Another video of a police officers experience with ptsd and addiction:

"The symptoms of PTSD came roaring back and his job performance took a direct hit. My anger went through the roof and it's not a good thing to have an angry cop out there when you have to deal with different incidents happening. I realized that my anger was so bad that it might lead to use-of-force issues and so that was one of the big reasons why I had to step back and leave law enforcement was I didn't want to end up in prison with some of the people that I had put there."
 

"I think lives are at stake. It can only help the public. Happier healthier officers means a better interaction with the public and better customer service..."

"How can it not help to take care of the people that take care of you"


Tax Payers Pay Millions of Dollars in Police Misconduct:

Denver tax payers paid over $12 million dollars due to allegations of excessive force by police officers

Millions of tax payer dollars are being spent on awarding families who were physically abused by police officers. Videos of officers abusing civilians is so common that you could do a quick google search and find thousands upon thousands of videos showing officers blowing up and acting out of fear and anger. In one case, a disabled veteran was beaten so badly that he was almost killed. 

Blind man wins $400,000 in excessive force case against Denver police officer

- -https://www.denverpost.com/2015/10/30/blind-man-wins-excessive-force-case-against-denver-police-officer/

 

Police officers are resorting to unnecessary violence more and more and it needs to end. These are people that are supposed to protect us, not kill us. We should feel safe around them but how can we do that when they resort to violence so easily? 

This is where psychedelics come in again. A lot of times, officers are reacting out of fear from past trauma and using psychedelics to heal from that trauma might help them react properly. If you've ever taken a psychedelic, you might agree that they make you a more calm and loving person. New studies may show that psychedelics might make you less likely to commit violent crimes. More research needs to be conducted but this could mean that officers who use psychedelics could be less inclined to use excessive force. This could save tax payers millions of dollars, make our citizens feel safer, and prevent officers from losing their jobs. 


Psychedelics might make officers more empathetic 

A study with psilocybin mushrooms showed that they could enhance emotional empathy which is something that would help officers react in a more professional and calm manner. 

Effect of Psilocybin on Empathy and Moral Decision
"Empathy is important for the maintenance of social relationships and plays a crucial role in moral and prosocial behavior. This study investigated the acute effect of the serotonergic hallucinogen psilocybin in healthy human subjects on different facets of empathy and moral decision-making. Psilocybin significantly increased explicit and implicit emotional empathy, compared with placebo, whereas it did not affect cognitive empathy nor moral decision-making. These findings provide first evidence that psilocybin has distinct effects on social cognition by enhancing emotional empathy but not moral behavior."

This article from The New Yorker shows that when cops choose empathy it can keep officers safer and help them make safer decisions:

"From their earliest days of training, many recruits are steeped in a so-called warrior mentality, in which routine patrols resemble combat and citizens pose a potentially mortal threat. Last year, the Santa Fe New Mexican obtained a draft of instructional materials from the state law-enforcement academy that offer a striking example of this philosophy. According to the proposed curriculum, cadets would be taught that, during traffic stops, they should “assume that … all the occupants in the vehicle are armed.” Expectations like these encourage a volatile mindset, and they play directly into the tendency to see weapons where there are none, especially in the hands of black men. The warrior mentality also instills chronic anxiety."


"Rahr sees empathy as more than window dressing. “It’s a safety strategy that gives officers a tactical advantage,” she told me.
“When you know why someone is acting a certain way, you also know how to best react.”


An example of emotional intelligence:

I love this video of a police officer defusing a hostile situation and then even hugging the man who came in with a knife. An officer with a "warrior mentality" would have made the situation worse and it could have ended up in death or brutality. Officers need to remember that this person with the knife is someone who feels desperate and is going through something that they know nothing about. Being calm, rational, and empathetic will keep officers and citizens safer. Emotional intelligence is under-valued and can save lives.


Psychedelics may reduce domestic violence

Domestic violence is a big problem in law enforcement. According to the National Center for Women and Policing: "Two studies have found that at least 40% of police officer families experience domestic violence, in contrast to 10% of families in the general population". Abuse to their partners and children is connected to how they are treating the general public. It is the same "warrior mentality" that is creating liabilities in their careers. Studies are showing that psychedelics may reduce domestic violence which means it might reduce violence towards the general public as well. 

Alcohol Abuse, PTSD, and Officer Committed Domestic Violence:

“Because police officers face the effects of murder, community disasters, child abuse, and horrific accidents, researchers have suggested a link between resulting PTSD and such ills as alcoholism and domestic violence”
”In addition to these general theories of domestic violence, researchers have attempted to explain domestic violence in law enforcement by suggesting that police skills designed to physically and psychologically establish control over another person, along with training emphasizing the use of authority can sometimes “spill over” at home, resulting in the crime”
https://diginole.lib.fsu.edu/islandora/object/fsu:205325/datastream/PDF/view

From the Journal of Psychopharmacology
Hallucinogen use and intimate partner violence: Prospective evidence consistent with protective effects among men with histories of problematic substance use

"Evidence suggests that hallucinogens may have therapeutic potential for addressing a variety of problem behaviors related to the externalizing spectrum of psychopathology, such as substance misuse and criminality. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a prevalent form of criminal violence that is related to externalizing pathology. However, the association between hallucinogen use and IPV has not been comprehensively examined. In this prospective study, we examined the association between IPV and naturalistic hallucinogen use among 302 inmates at a US county jail. Cox regression analyses indicated that hallucinogen use predicted reduced arrest for IPV independently (β=−0.54, SE=0.20, χ2=7.19, exp(B)=0.58, p<0.01) and after accounting for covariates (β=−0.48, SE=0.23, χ2=4.44, exp(B)=0.62, p<0.05). These results add to a growing literature suggesting distinct therapeutic potential for hallucinogens to assist in the attenuation of problematic behavior."


Psychedelics will never be the ONLY answer to becoming mentally healthy.

Meditation and other mindfulness practices could also lead to more mentally healthy and stable officers. Psychedelics will never be the ONLY answer to becoming mentally healthy. Mental health is a recipe and psychedelics are just the main ingredient. Their are many other ingredients such as being encouraged to talk about your problems with people you trust, taking care of your body, learning to control your emotions, meditation/mindfulness, and many more.  Officers are taught to be physically strong but now its time we help them be mentally strong as well. 

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In Conclusion

To wrap up all my ideas, mental health needs to be a bigger priority in all areas of our lives. You can't just tell officers to "tough it out" when they experience traumatic events because their need to be "tough" is making them weak and leads to deaths and addiction. If we want less police corruption, there needs to be a bigger focus on officer's mental health. Officers with a healthy mindset will be less likely to be overly aggressive and hostile towards citizens. It helps everyone, it's a win-win situation. Psychedelics may not be the answer for every officer but for many of them it can help with ptsd, addiction, trauma, stress, and can make officers more empathetic so that they can keep themselves and citizens safer. Psychedelic therapy needs to be an option for officers who have dealt with trauma. I look forward to the future where psychedelics are legal and our society puts more value in mental health care.


Resources for further information:


Badge of life:

Badge of Life is a non-profit whose mission is to raise awareness of the dangers of police stress and they are aware that mental health needs to be a bigger priority: 

"It is clear, however, that when efforts are focused on mental health, instead of the narrower “suicide prevention,” there can be be benefits that include not only suicide prevention, but fewer:

 

  • officer deaths from shootings and accidents

  • lawsuits

  • complaints

  • sick leave

  • alcoholism

  • substance abuse

  • criminal/other behaviors

  • On and off-job injuries

  • divorces

  • grievances

  • resignations

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Masturbating on Mushrooms

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Masturbating on Mushrooms

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WARNING: This post mentions healing from sexual assault using psychedelics and masturbation


Fun Masturbation Facts:

  1. One of the first vibrators was hand-cranked
    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mvpy4b/fucking-hysterical-a-timeline-of-vintage-vibrators

    2. Doctors used to prescribe women with genital massage to treat “female hysteria”. They called their orgasm a “paraoxysm”. Men couldn’t fathom the idea that women had a sex drive so when ladies got sexually frustrated, they considered it a disease that needed treatment.
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/all-about-sex/201303/hysteria-and-the-strange-history-vibrators

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3. The founder of Kelloggs cereal hated masturbation and apparently created his boring cereal to decrease the libido of his consumers. His other treatments to curb masturbation included threading silver wire through the foreskin to stop erections for boys and for girls he prescribed rubbing carbolic acid on the clitoris.
https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/cereal-masturbation.aspx


Masturbating on Mushrooms

“I think of going to the Grave without having a Psychedelic Experience is like going to the Grave without ever having Sex. It means that you never Figured out what it is all about. The Mystery is in the Body and the way the Body Works itself into Nature.” -Terence Mckenna

Why is it that all the good things in life are seen as taboo? From exploring your body by yourself or with others to exploring your consciousness with psychedelics, we are disillusioned to believe these things are shameful but in reality they can make life beautiful. Why is it that everything that is natural, is seen as taboo? I believe that being disconnected from such natural instincts is damaging our society and perverting our ideas about sex and love. Perhaps, if our society had a healthier relationship with sex then there would be less instances of sexual assault. I do not think it a coincidence that the groups that demonize sex the most, have the biggest problems with rape and sexual assault. Repression leads to aggression. Instead of demonizing our natural sexual selfs, we should be embracing sexuality and providing better sexual education.

Some of you may know that i have ptsd from sexual trauma and being on mushrooms while orgasming was a healing and beautiful experience. I felt like i connected to "god", i felt like i deserved love again. I felt like i was queen of the universe! Connecting with myself in this way was healing because I was in control. I had power and control over my body.

A rapist steals your power and sense of self-worth. After the attack, I felt shame and disgust towards myself and my body. Masturbating is a way to remind yourself that you are worthy of respect and love. That your body is a temple and should be treated as such. I am a powerful Goddess when I practice self-love.

Realizing you’re capable of sexual satisfaction after rape is an incredible, powerful feeling. The day I realized that I didn’t need to feel guilty for wanting pleasure was the day I was liberated from my past. Being unapologetic about my sexuality was my way of healing. I deserve to feel good. I deserve pleasure. I deserve to have my boundaries and consent respected. It was a way to practice being comfortable and safe with my sexuality again. At the time of the assault, I didn’t have control of my body, but when I masturbate- I am in complete control. Masturbation is pleasure on your terms and only your terms. I use self-pleasure as a tool for declaring ownership of my sexuality. It is a way to figure out what makes you feel good so you can enjoy yourself more by yourself or with a partner.

I like to meditate as I microdose and masturbate and I see it as a spiritual practice. Using small amounts of psychedelics while masturbating was a way to connect with myself deeper. Psychedelics in general help me meditate and and allow me to be completely immersed in every moment and doing that while masturbating made the experience much more spiritual and meaningful.

For me, doing psychedelics is a way to connect with a higher power and doing that while climaxing can take it to a whole new level. On psychedelics, I will contemplate every cell in my body as I orgasm. I will feel every inch of my body and meditate into the moment. I will feel connected to the entire universe and I imagine the entire universe climaxing with me. It opened up my heart and allowed me to love myself again.

I’d like to share this comment from a fellow psychedelic masturbator:
”I'm not comfortable going into detail but I do generally masturbate when I trip. Doesn't matter if it's low or mid or even sometimes higher dose. My libido almost always increases from baseline. For a long time I was with a partner and we separated. I had been and still am lonely from time to time. When I masturbate on shrooms it's almost as if I'm not alone. The tactile sensations cover a great deal of my body as long as I'm thinking about a passionate act. Climax is unbelievable. For a long time I thought that making love was the ultimate act of passion but I feel that Psilocin made me question this. I feel it's important to love oneself at a spiritual and emotional level and also to be able to pleasure oneself and know one's desires. It's harder to love another when one can't love oneself and maybe this is a silly means of encouraging personal appreciation... But I'm more comfortable with my body and sexuality over the course of this year and a good deal of that is due to Psilocin. For a brief moment you can feel connected to everything and if your eyes are closed the CEVs go nuts. An explosion of color and form and depth”

You should check out the talk from Psymposia titled "How psychedelics changed my love life" on youtube. 

Why the Clinical Use of Psychedelics May Heal Sexual Trauma

“At any rate, numerous studies, herehere, and here suggest that openness is one of the most important traits linked to positive sexual experience, and psilocybin appears to influence this dimension.  If positive personality change can occur through the clinical administration of psychedelics, that may very well be one of the biggest breakthroughs in psychiatry in years. And it could also have significant implications in helping individuals heal from sexual trauma.”
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/standard-deviations/201703/why-the-clinical-use-psychedelics-may-heal-sexual-trauma


Psychedelics & Sexual Healing: A Talk with Dee Dee Goldpaugh

This is a great interview from Pymposia about using psychedelics for sexual healing:
“One of the biggest challenges I see with clients who experience sexual dysfunction is intense fear and anxiety and very rigid thinking. I think we can make a good argument that psilocybin can be used to very positive ends to ameliorate existential anxiety around sexual performance and help people to be present with their experience of sexual pleasure.”
https://www.psymposia.com/magazine/psychedelics-sexual-healing-a-talk-with-dee-dee-goldpaugh/


I'll conclude with a quote from Hunter S Thompson, "Sex without love is as hollow and ridiculous as love without sex"

And from Ram Dass "Love is the most transformative medicine. For love slowly transforms you into what psychedelics only get you to glimpse"


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My first time with Amanita muscaria

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My first time with Amanita muscaria

This is a trip report from my first time consuming Amanita Muscaria last year. This is a legal psychedelic that should not be taken lightly. Its not recreational and its not necessarily "fun", its more for spirtual practice. It can be uncomfortable and some-what scary but it has given me insight on my life and "cured" my atheism.

In summary of my experience, I felt a presence from some kind of spirit, I astral projected and was in 2 places at the same time, I had the perception that I was a giant and then I was microscopic, I felt like I was being "scanned" or like I was in a copy machine with some kind of pressure starting in my head and going down my body, and I had anxiety really bad until the "spirit" calmed me down.

Join the FB group: "Amanita Mushroom Truths, Science, Allies & Experience" to learn more and connect with more experienced people

"Amanita Muscaria and Pantherina contain Ibotenic Acid in the fresh mushrooms. Ibotenic Acid is a Gaba Precursor and Neuroprotectant. Upon drying, heating and consumption it is decarboxylated and transmutes into Muscimol, which is stronger and more psycho/spiritualy active and gentler on the body and system. Muscimol is also a GABA A agonist, that helps in the alleviation of a number of aliments including anxiety, depression, fear, pain, PTSD, migraines, epilepsy, Lyme's disease or pain from, insomnia, radiation burns (topically in a tincture) and possibly Mercury poisoning as I may have recently discovered accidentally. " - from the FB group

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Microdosing Psilocybin Mushrooms to Treat PTSD

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Microdosing Psilocybin Mushrooms to Treat PTSD

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Warning: This post mentions sexual assault

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is effecting millions of people ever day. PTSD is a condition caused by a traumatic event that leads to reoccurring negative thoughts and memories of the event. People who live with PTSD might have to deal with symptoms like reliving the event, avoiding situations that remind them of the event, having more negative beliefs and thoughts, and they may always be on the look out for danger. It can be debilitating and take away someone's life from them. It can lead to anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, drug abuse, physical problems, illness, career issues, and relationship problems. 
 

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PTSD can be caused by many different traumatic events including abuse, car accidents, natural disasters, combat, or sexual assault to name a few. For me, it was sexual assault. The memories of the event were haunting me and it seemed like it was following me into every area of my life. I couldn't think straight and I couldn't eat/sleep. It was the first thought I had in the morning and the last thought I had before bed. Why didn't he stop when I said NO? Why didn't the police officer want to keep me safe? How could they do this to me? These were the questions that would play through my head over and over and over.  

Not only did I have PTSD from being sexually assaulted, I also had PTSD from the way the police officer handled my case. I was treated like the criminal when I called the police for help. I was told to "stop lying or I'd be arrested" before I even told my side. Eventually I was arrested because they said when I admitted to fighting back- I was admitting to assault. So I called the police for help after I was raped and I was the one arrested for fighting back. Eventually, another detective saw the case and the rapist was arrested and the case against me was dropped but I still went to jail after getting raped. I will be writing a separate blog on all the ways the police officer mishandled my case to bring attention to how the police department encourages corruption. They shouldn't be allowed to refuse to take evidence and call you a liar and I will make it my mission to change how rape cases are handled but I will post more on this later.

Anyways, I felt like I had double PTSD from both the attacker and the police officer. Every where I went, I thought I saw his face. Every man reminded me of him. Every police officer looked like a monster. I was raped and arrested and I couldn't stop replaying it in my head. I felt unsafe. I felt like I had to hide from the world to make sure it could never happen again. The police didn't want to keep me safe so I felt like I had to do everything in my power to avoid any kind of situation that could put me at risk. That meant isolating myself from social activities and hiding from the world. I just wanted to feel safe. 

The negative thought patterns were getting worse and worse. Replaying it in my head felt like it was happening all over again. I felt hopeless and I felt like rape was legal (Actually it is legal in some states). I felt like I was let down by the people you are supposed to go to for help. I didn't want to be on a planet that seemed to encourage rape and corruption. I just wanted to be six feet under and not have to have these thoughts anymore. I didn't want to be scared of men anymore. I don't want to feel like I have to be alone forever to be safe. I didn't want to have to fear the police. I just wanted to be normal again and these ideas were leading me down a spiral of suicidal thoughts. I wanted to die just so I wouldn't have to think about it anymore. I just wanted the thoughts to stop. 

Eventually, I was introduced to the idea of using psychedelics to treat mental health problems. I had used psychedelics a couple times before but not with the intention that I would be healing myself. And that really is the most important part- intention. Because when you set a certain intention, you are more likely to learn and grow from the experience. It's like when you go to school with the intention to gain knowledge you are more likely to succeed and learn more. If you go to school just to party, you are less likely to do well. If you use psychedelics just to party, you won't know how to use it in the most effective way. Intention is important because it guides how well you deal with the situation and integrate its teachings into your life. 

So now I had the intention that I would be healing myself and I started microdosing psilocybin mushrooms. 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.
 


How I Microdose:

I recommend starting with the smallest dose possible to discover how your body handles the effects. Every one is different and will be effected differently. People with a history of schizophrenia might be at a higher risk for negative side effects so it is important to remember that nothing is completely safe for every single person and everyone reacts differently. Once it's legal, we will be able to do more research and ensure a higher degree of safety. 

When I first started microdosing, I would just eat a small mushroom cap and this felt similar to the effects of cannabis. It was a very mild euphoria that made colors stand out more and allowed to you see and appreciate little details. This might be considered more of a "low dose" rather than a microdose since I did feel subtle euphoria.

Now I've evolved to microdosing by eating a tiny size amount the size of my fingernail. This ensures I feel no psychoactive effects so I can be productive and go about my day normally. Sometimes I will take this dose a couple times in one day. My goal isn't to feel high and in fact I want to avoid feeling high so I can be productive and get things done. The idea is to take smaller amounts more frequently.

Some people like to take James Fadiman's advice and microdose less than a gram once every 3 days. I like to take it every day just in smaller amounts than most people will do. The dose doesn't even register on my scale and I just measure it out by size. 

There is no one right way. Do what you think is best but be cautious and realize there is always a risk in anything you do. Sometimes you think it will be a microdose but you'll get a stronger batch and they will effect you much more than you might like. Be careful and make sure you don't have anything important to take care of when you are first trying it out to get a feel for what the right dose is. 


Microdosing Benefits:


These are the benefits that I feel like I experienced personally but keep in mind that everyone is different and other factors might be involved:
-Increased Energy! 
-Appreciation for little details (colors seem brighter, every day things we take for granted stand out more)
-Mindfulness which lets me analyze my emotions more effectively
-Increase in positive thinking
-Increase in productivity and motivation
-Colors seem brighter
-Different perspectives on life
-Increase in libido
-Seems to calm my social anxiety and makes it easier to connect with people


After microdosing on and off for a few months, I have noticed my moods are stablized and I don't wake up thinking about it like I used to. I feel like it shifts your way of thinking so that you don't get stuck in only thinking about the negative side of things.

Instead of thinking "how could they?", I feel like the mushrooms shifts my thinking into "How can I change this? How can I be productive and make sure these things can't happen to others?". The mushroom helped me realize this was my chance to make change.

Instead of seeing it as a fixed problem that will never go away, the mushroom helped me see it as a way to give my life meaning and help other people who've been through similar issues. It opens up your mind and allows you to have a Growth Mindset. It makes you realize you have the power to create the future and we don't have to stand for the injustices in the world.

It gave me hope.
It changed my mindset from suicidal to knowing I can change the world. 

I used to wake up like a bolt of electricity when my ptsd was really bad. I would wake up angry and wanting to scream just thinking about what they did to me. Why didn't he stop when I said NO? Why didn't that officer want to help me? My first thought every morning was every injustice ever laid upon me and it was exhausting. Once I started microdosing, I stopped waking up like this. I was finally able to enjoy my mornings and it was easier to focus on more pleasant thoughts. It seemed like a miracle for me. 
 


The Science Behind Microdosing:

You may be wondering why a mushroom that makes you see hallucinations would be able to treat a mental health issue like ptsd. The science we can do is very limited due to psilocybin being mislabeled a schedule I drug. But the research we do have is showing that psilocybin can "eliminate the fear condition in mice" and can increase neurogenesis. 

Neurogenesis happens when new neurons are formed in the brain. Neurogenesis can improve brain function and an article in Journal of the Royal Society Interface in 2014 found that psilocybin creates a "hyper connected brain" and there is greater communication between the entire brain. 

The photo below shows a normal brain on the left and on the right is a brain from a patient who used psilocybin. The psilocybin brain shows a larger amount of connections which allow different parts of the brain to "talk" to each other. This open communication could be part of the reason that psilocybin can help treat ptsd and other mental health issues. More research needs to be conducted which is why it is so important to normalize these substances. Psychedelics have helped me so much and research is showing it has potential for medical use so it's time we make some revisions to past laws.

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Psychedelics are not the ONLY answer!

Healing from trauma is like a recipe with many different ingredients. Psychedelics might be one of the most important ingredients in my opinion but you should also keep in mind that there are many other things you can do to promote healing. We need to get out of the mindset that we can just take a pill and everything will get better. Healing is about putting in the work and getting out of your comfort zone and you can't just take a substance to do that. Meditation, mindfulness, exercise, eating nutritious foods, talking to people you love, getting out in nature, getting hugs/physical touch, and doing something that makes you feel valuable and productive are all important to maintaining your mental health. 

I believe psychedelics can make it easier to do all these things and I think it can shift your mindset to be able to do them more effectively. If used properly, psychedelics can train you to better manage your emotions and allow you to analyze these emotions similarly to the practice of mindfulness. I think part of the benefit of psilocybin is that it encourages you to do other things that promote well being.

Sometimes I wonder if the mushroom is helping us be the best version of ourselves so that our species will thrive and cultivate more mushrooms. Perhaps the mushroom is just helping us in order to increase its own biological fitness but that's just my speculation. Either way, the mushroom is showing us it wants to help us and we should let it. 


Microdosing is going to change the way people perceive psychedelic use. Once people realize you don't need to feel high from psychedelics to get the mental health benefits will be the day it is taken more seriously. I think this was true for cannabis as well. Once people saw CBD could treat seizures and PTSD they realized that it was more than just a silly thing stoners do. Just because it could give you the giggles doesn't mean it shouldn't be taken seriously as a way to heal from trauma and illness. It's not just for hippies because all kinds of people can benefit from its use. From soldiers, to business men, to police officers, to nurses, to sexual assault survivors- we could all be benefiting from this medicine but it needs to be normalized and respected as a tool for personal growth. You can do your part to integrate this medicine into our society by speaking up about the research and medical potential.

Come out of the psychedelic closet and share your story to be a part of ending the war against cognitive freedom. 


Here are some more resources and experiences to learn more:

Other tactics for improving mental health:

Love Your Damn Self!

Thanks for reading!
Much Love,
Herbal Visionz

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Addicts are human beings

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Addicts are human beings

People who are addicted to drugs are human beings. These are humans who have been through trauma and are trying to cope. They aren't evil people just because they are using drugs. Sometimes people get addicted because they physically hurt themselves and had to use pain killers. Once they heal, they end up addicted to the pain killers and have to keep finding more. Sometimes it's not from a physical trauma. Sometimes people use drugs to cope with some kind of mental pain that might not be obvious to us from the outside. These people are going through something that we cannot understand. These people didn't choose to get addicted. These are our friends, our family, our lovers, our mentors, and people we love. They are good people who need help. 

Drugs might turn a good person to doing things they wouldn't normally do. It's not because they are evil, it's because the drug has a physical hold of their body. It takes over their minds so that they only care about getting the drug again. They have to be in the mindset that they have to steal and cheat just to fulfill this craving. Some of the most amazing people I know have had their lives stolen from them just because they were trying to cope with some kind of trauma by using drugs. 

These people need help.
They need to be treated with compassion. It seems as though our society just wants to treat these people like monsters who don't deserve a chance. It is easier just to lock them up than to get to the root of the problem. Do we really want to just punish people or do we want people to stop using drugs? If we really want addicts to quit, they need to be treated with respect. 

When my best friend was on drugs, it was like her soul had left her body. A once lively, energetic, and loving person turned into someone I didn't recognize. She didn't lie and steal before she did drugs. The addiction took over and made her do things she wouldn't normally do. 
She doesn't abuse drugs now and she is back to the person I remember her as. She has a great job, a great life, and she seems happy. Why is this? It is because she was treated with compassion when she was addicted. She was treated as a human being who needed help. She wasn't locked in a cage with violent criminals. She wasn't seen as a criminal or a bad person. She was given love. She was given space to express herself and take care of her mind, body, and soul. This is the real way to end addiction. People use drugs in the first place because something is wrong in their lives. They are just looking for support but they are looking in the wrong place when they use drugs. 

We need to give them the support that they were lacking when they decided to use drugs in the first place. 

I have used drugs in the past so why didn't I get addicted and abuse them? Perhaps if I had the same kind of trauma as someone who was addicted, I would be addicted too. Perhaps, if I had their same genetics and same experiences, I too would be seen as a criminal "druggie". Just because I didn't get addicted doesn't mean I'm just a good person. It just means it didn't effect me the same way that it effected someone else. Everyone is different, everything effects people differently. 
 

What is addiction?

Being addicted to drugs means that you will physically get ill when you don't use them. This is obviously a health care problem and not a criminal problem. 

It is impossible to understand addiction without asking what relief the addict finds, or hopes to find, in the drug or the addictive behaviour.
— Gabor Maté, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
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Vicious Cycle

Arresting people for using drugs is causing them to go back to drugs

Imagine you are a drug user who started using drugs as a way to cope with childhood trauma. You didn't mean to get addicted, you just wanted the pain to go away. You just wanted to escape from your own life just for awhile. Your mental anguish was making it hard to keep a job and you didn't have a support system of people to lift you up. You just wanted to forget about your problems and drugs was a way to do this. 
Imagine you get arrested for putting drugs in your own body. You now have a criminal record. You get out of jail but now its even harder to find a job, no one wants to hire a felon. You have no choice to now sell drugs as a way just to put food in your belly. 
They lock people up for coping with trauma and then they make your life harder, forcing you to go back to drugs. It is a vicious cycle that needs to end. 


Fear of prosecution will keep people from seeking help


"When we criminalize drugs and drug users, we ensure that the context of drug use habitually turns the brain toward shame, illegality, secrecy, and depravity. Do you know what else drives relapse to drugs of abuse? Stress and social isolation. We reinforce jails. We reinforce drug dealers. We reinforce violence. We reinforce the associated contexts of every other criminal enterprise that accommodates drug use. We habitually recreate a tragedy where the so-called solution causes the problem." (Finkelstein. 2016)


Prohibition on something that is addictive, will never work

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Alcohol prohibition didn't work so why would we think it would work for other drugs? We need to learn from history. 


Why do people use drugs?

  • They might get addicted to drugs after physical trauma by using pain killers
  • Coping with childhood trauma
  • Coping with sexual abuse
  • Feeling hopeless and alone
  • As a way to connect with other people
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"More and more, we are understanding that children who are traumatized during their childhoods grow up to become adults who are at risk of mental and physical health problems. In fact, if you are an adult who was abused or neglected as a child, your chances of developing heart disease, of being obese, and of abusing substances is much greater than for a person who was not maltreated. Early trauma reverberates throughout our adolescent and adult years." (Ungar. 2012)

Rat Park Experiments

An experiment in the 70s called the Rat Park experiment, found that rats with a stimulating and social life were less likely to get addicted to drugs. Rats that were isolated from their peers and locked away in an unstimulating environment were more likely to seek drugs. 
Using drugs is a way to cope with loneliness and isolation. 


Punishment—shaming a person, caging them, making them unemployable—traps them in addiction. Taking that money and spending it instead on helping them to get jobs and homes and decent lives makes it possible for many of them to stop.
— Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
The opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety. It’s connection. It’s all I can offer. It’s all that will help [you] in the end. If you are alone, you cannot escape addiction. If you are loved, you have a chance. For a hundred years we have been singing war songs about addicts. All along, we should have been singing love songs to them.”
— ― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

Portugal is proof that decriminalization will lower drug use


Portugal has shown that decriminalizing drugs has many benefits. Decriminalizing drugs means we are giving the person a chance to get help from a physical addiction. With decriminalization there are less deaths, less disease, and more people entering drug treatment. If its working in Portugal, we should give it a chance all over the world. 

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The War on Drugs: A Fourty Year Failure

The war on drugs has cost a Trillion dollars and thousands of lives over the past forty years. Yet drug use has stayed consistent and deaths from overdose are increasing. We gave the war on drugs a shot and obviously we can see that it is not working. I could understand how they might think that making stricter laws would cut back on drug use but all the evidence shows that it doesn't work. We have a heroin epidemic. We have ten of thousands of people dying from drug overdoses every year. Half of our prison population houses people with nonviolent drug charges. All of this is steadily increasing every year that we continue the war on drugs. We now have the data to show it is not working so it is time to try something new. 

More Americans died of drug overdoses in 2016 than died in the entirety of the Vietnam War — the result of the US’s opioid epidemic.
— https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/6/15743986/opioid-epidemic-overdose-deaths-2016
More than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids--nearly double in a decade. Source: CDC WONDER

More than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids--nearly double in a decade. Source: CDC WONDER

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According to the Bureau of Prisons, there are 207,847 people incarcerated in federal prisons. Roughly half (48.6 percent) are in for drug offenses.

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The war on drugs is a war on people.
It is a war on people with trauma.
It is a war on mental health. 


Take Action:

Get involved-
1.

http://www.drugpolicy.org/
"The Drug Policy Alliance envisions a just society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights, in which people are no longer punished for what they put into their own bodies but only for crimes committed against others, and in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more."

2.
https://lawenforcementactionpartnership.org/
"In 2002, five police officers founded Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit composed of police and other criminal justice professionals dedicated to educating the public about the harms of drug prohibition. In January 2017, while reaffirming our commitment to ending the War on Drugs, LEAP became the Law Enforcement Action Partnership in order to advocate for solutions across a broader range of drug policy and criminal justice issues."

Speak Up-
-Go to local city council meetings to voice your concerns
-Vote and get involved with local initiatives for safe injection sites and decriminalization
-Tell your story- remind people that addicts have a story behind their use
-Make blogs, videos, shout it from the roof tops! 


The war on drugs is a war that cannot be won.
Time to realize we lost the war and we need a new strategy. Drug deaths have gone up and tax payers are spending millions of dollars on something that isn't working.
People who are physically addicted to a drug need help.

A physical addiction is a health care problem and it needs to be addressed as such. 


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Why we should decriminalize Psilocybin (speech)

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Why we should decriminalize Psilocybin (speech)

How would you feel if the only thing that helped you live through trauma was seen as a criminal activity? What if the thing that saved your life could get your freedom taken from you and land you in prison? This is how I feel when I use psilocybin mushrooms to heal from trauma.

They have helped me through the hardest parts of my life and I don’t think I deserve to be labeled a criminal for using them. I study microbiology and mycology and using and studying this sacred fungi could get my education taken away from me. My freedom and education would be taken from me just because I used something from nature to heal. I did not harm others or myself and I only improved my own well-being so why is this seen as a crime?

This is my body and it is unethical and an abuse of power to control what I put in my own body as an adult. I demand that the US decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms to make it easier for scientists to do research and to revolutionize mental health care.

First, lets talk about how mushrooms can be used to improve mental health.

Mental Health
A study in the journal, Experimental Brain Research published in 2013, scientists  discovered that psilocybin could be used to help extinguish conditioned fear in mice. The  mice were conditioned to correlate a sound with an electric shock. Eventually, the mice  would freeze out of fear when they heard the sound. But after a low dose of psilocybin,  the mice no longer froze. This could be why many people suffering from ptsd are using  psilocybin to heal from past trauma. Scientists think that psilocybin could improve the  brains ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections which leads to a  decrease in ptsd symptoms. (Catlow, Song, Paredes, Kirstein, & Sanchez-Ramos. 2013)

PTSD is effecting all kinds of people from veterans to sexual assault survivors.  Ending the stigma that mushrooms are just for partying could save someones life. It  could help so many people who are suffering from flashbacks and reoccurring thoughts  associated with trauma.
According to NAMI, 43.8 million people suffer some kind of  mental illness  in a given  year. (NAMI.)
  Why should we deny anyone a potential medicine? Why should we restrict science and  demonize something that has the potential to help so many people?

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, there are 123 suicides  per day on average. That is 123 human beings each day who are so hopeless and  depressed that they feel like the only solution is to end their life. Because mental health  is such a big issue, we should be doing more to treat mental illness and psilocybin could  be the answer.

Psilocybe saved me from suicide and I don’t deserve to die just because you think I’m  just trying to get high

Mushrooms have the potential to revolutionize mental health care and decriminalizing would allow scientists to do more research

Psilocybin is mis-scheduled
With the limited amount of research we are currently allowed to do, scientists are  finding that psilocybin has medical value and it is not addictive. In fact, it can actually be  used to treat addiction.
Psilocybin is a Schedule I drug which means the government recognizes it as a drug  with high potential for abuse and no medical value. Psilocybin mushrooms are  considered as dangerous as meth and heroine and clearly they are not.

This scheduling was done back in the 70’s when we had less research and less  knowledge. These outdated and misinformed laws of the past are long overdue for  reform that takes into consideration the new evidence that shows mushrooms do have  medical value and they can treat addiction.

A study at Johns Hopkins University reveals that psilocybin had an 80 percent  abstinence rate with long term smokers. If psilocybin can help cigarette smokers quit, then imagine what else it could do to help addicts kick the habit? Mushrooms have helped me quit drinking alcohol. I’m going on two years sober and I think it should be taken seriously as a tool to treat addiction. (Hopkins. 2014)

A schedule I drug is seen as extremely dangerous and addictive. Psilocybin has  medical value and it can be used to treat addiction. Therefore, the US  should  reschedule psilocybin to coincide with this information.

Studies with psilocybin are showing great promise but with anything in life there is always some kind of risk involved.

Risks
Some concerns about decriminalizing mushrooms are similar to those of cannabis.  People think everyone will be high all the time, that people will drive while on the drug, or  that they will use them in public and hurt themselves or others.

If I was in the position of being unfamiliar with mushrooms I could understand this  point of view. It makes sense- From an outsiders POV, mushrooms are mysterious and  are commonly associated with crazy visions and out of control laughter. Acting out on  your hallucinations in public could be dangerous and this concern is perfectly valid. You  want people to be safe- I get it! I want people to be safe just as much as anyone else does so I think it is good to question these things to lower any kind of risks involved.

Although, I would like to note that anything can be dangerous if you are unfamiliar with it and use it incorrectly. Criminalizing it makes it more dangerous by not allowing safety education. The people who will misuse this medicine are the ones who will misuse it whether its legal or not.

People who wait to use it when its decriminalized will be likely to   educate themselves and know that it is important to be in a safe setting. 

Public intoxication laws will still be in place and it will still be illegal to use psilocybin and drive. If a person commits a crime while on psilocybin, they will still be charged for that crime but only for that crime. But the fact is that most mushroom users are peaceful people and there is not much crime associated with mushroom use.

In fact, a study published in the Journal of Pharmacology finds that psilocybin use is connected to lower crime rates. Mushrooms are much more likely to make you a more compassionate and loving person. People don’t need to steal or hurt people to keep up their mushroom habit because mushrooms are not addictive. The effects of mushrooms  are so intense that most people wouldn’t want to do them everyday anyways.


Our society has been taught to believe that this sacred medicine is only for druggies and bad people but I hope you take into consideration all the people that could be saved with this medicine. Addicts, veterans with ptsd, survivors of sexual assault, and many other people suffering from depression/anxiety could all be finding relief from this misunderstood fungi. Scheduling psilocybin in the same category as meth is outdated, unscientific, and unethical. This is a call to action for mushroom users to come out of the closet and talk about the research and therapeutic potential of psilocybin mushrooms!


Works Cited
 


NAMI. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.nami.org/learn-more/mental-health-by-the-numbers

Suicide Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://afsp.org/about-suicide/suicide-statistics/

Catlow, B. J., Song, S., Paredes, D. A., Kirstein, C. L., & Sanchez-Ramos, J. (2013, August). Effects of psilocybin on hippocampal neurogenesis and extinction of trace fear conditioning. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23727882

'Magic Mushrooms' Help Longtime Smokers 'Quit - 09/11/2014. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/magic_mushrooms_help_longtime_smokers_quit

The relationships of classic psychedelic use with criminal behavior in the United States adult population. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0269881117735685


More Psilocybin Research

Anxiety/Depression Research:
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/hallucinogenic_drug_psilocybin_eases_existential_anxiety_in_people_with_life_threatening_cancer_

Neurogenesis/PTSD Research:
"PSOP 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."
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23727882

Addiction Research:
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/magic_mushrooms_help_longtime_smokers_quit

Cluster Headaches aka "Suicide Headaches":
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16801660

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Krs-bD3073w&t=52s

Psilocybin linked to lower crime:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29039233

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Terence Mckenna Speech

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Terence Mckenna Speech




From machine elves, to stoned apes, to adventures in La Chorera, Terence Kemp Mckenna inoculated my heart with his theories and ideas for a better world. He gave us permission to explore our own consciousness and convinced us that culture is not our friend.

Born on November 16, 1946 his body left this Earth 18 years ago on April 3, 2000. He was an ethnobotanist, psychonaut, lecturer, author, and an advocate for the responsible use of psychedelics. He encouraged us to respect the Earth and to realize that we are a part of nature. His way with words and his alien-like voice captivates audiences well after his death. His body may be gone but his spirit lives on in all of us through his ideas.


Terence had a way with words like no other. His use of imagery could transport you to another dimension.

He made me realize that the way I speak and the words I use can transform my entire  world. One psychedelic trip he encounters creatures which he calls “machine elves”.  Creatures that can sing objects into existence. The elves encourage him to do the same and while this may seem like a crazy concept, my personal experience tells me  that the words we use can alter our physical reality and can shape our existence.

We may not sing objects into the world, but perhaps we can speak in a way that creates a reality that we would like. For example, certain words you use could make  someone fall in love with you or it could destroy a relationship. Our lives are shaped  around the words we use everyday.

This quote by Terence sums up this idea:
“The syntactical nature of reality, the real secret of magic, is that the world is made of words. And if you know the words that the world is made of, you can make of it whatever you wish.”

Terence reminds us  that words have power and they can be used to shape our world.


In the same way that Words can change our existence, thoughts can too. The word psychedelic literally means “mind manifestation”. Everything that has been created, started off as an idea in our mind. Terence uses his words and his mind to create a world he believes in.

Terence used his speaking skills to advocate for the responsible use of sacred psychedelics. He convinced us that we are not bad people for using something from nature that gives us insight and enlightenment.

 He spoke of his own experiences with psychedelics that encouraged people of all  kinds to “Take it easy, dude, but take it!” as he likes to say. He normalized psychedelic use and helped  bring mushroom cultivation techniques to the US so more  people could experience this sacred medicine even though our culture saw it as taboo.

Our society Demonizes psychedelics from nature. Both psychedelics and nature are controlled and disrespected because we forget that we are a part of nature ourselves.


“Nature is not our enemy, to be raped and conquered. Nature is ourselves, to be cherished and explored.” This is a quote by Terence that I think of often.

Humans forget that they are a part of Nature and Terence reminds us of this fact. Our  society foolishly destroys its own home in order to accumulate a false sense of pride. We  pollute, mine, and extort our Earth for meaningless “wealth”. Society disregards sacred  plant medicines in the same way it disregards our connection to the Earth.

18 years after his death and his ideas still touch my heart.

Terence Mckenna's words continue to sing his ideas into existence just like the machine elves. Although he is not with us, his words continue to shape our minds and create our realities. His advocacy for psychedelics is creating a world that respects nature and cognitive freedom. Terence has made a huge impact on my life and I hope to continue his message by speaking out for the responsible use of psychedelics. Hearing Terence speak is like a psychedelic experience in itself. I think our society could benefit from opening their mind's to McKenna's ideas. 


 

Some of my favorite videos, photos, quotes by Terence:

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Mushrooms, electricity, and neural networks!

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Mushrooms, electricity, and neural networks!

Mushrooms, electricity, the internet and neural networks! These things may seem unrelated, but are they really?! Lets find out!

This is a photo of mushroom mycelium. Mycelium is the underground root like structure of mushrooms.

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You may notice how it looks similar to lightning and I’d like to talk about how that may not be just a coincidence.

                                       In biology, form and function are connected.

The way something is shaped can be a clue to what its function is. Mycelium looks like lightning and they also use electrical signals to grow and communicate in a similar way to our brain’s neural networks.

Fungi also happen to be good for brain health. Mycelium, neural networks, and electricity all look similar and have similar functions that are connected.

First, let’s talk about how mycelium uses electrical signals to grow and communicate.

Exhibit A!

Radical Mycology!

In this book Published in 2016, author and mycologist Peter McCoy, talks about how electrical influences seem to be important to the process of fungal growth. This is one of the most important books on the subject of mycology and Peter McCoy has been studying mushrooms for over 15 years.

In one part of this book, he talks about how fungi are electrical organisms that produce their own electrical currents.

"From all that I have read on the subject of fungal growth, electrical influences do seem to be central to the process. Like all living beings, the fungi are electrical organisms that produce their own AC and DC currents that can be altered by external signals. Many fungi species are even attracted to electrical fields, an effect known as galvanotropism. Candida albicans will orient toward the cathodes of an electrical field, and many mycelium-forming fungi will orient their spore germination point of hyphal branching in relationship to electrical currents. Growing hyphal tips produce a -200 mV inward current, which may be due in part to the strong concentration of positively charged calcium ions located at the apex." (McCoy 17)

 

Learn more:

The Electric Fungus (1995):

The Electric Fungus (1995):
"Fungal cells generate D.C. and A.C. (action potentials) electrical currents during theirgrowth and differentiation. In addition, they exhibit tropic growth (galvanotropism) and tactic responses (galvanotaxis) in applied electrical fields. The natural D.C. electrical currents of fungi are due to clustering of ion channels and pumps in certain regions of the cells, mycelium or thallus. It now seems that these electrical currents per se are not essential for the process of tip growth although the local traffic of calcium ions, which are a component of the currents, may be. Instead, electrical currents and action potentials are concerned apparently with spatial control of nutrient uptake and perhaps in intramycelium communication. Studies of the phenomenon of galvanotropism have been used to explore further the mechanisms underlying apical extension of hyphae and these also implicate localcalcium ion uptake as being important for this process. Motile zoospores of phytopathogenic fungi exhibit galvanotaxis in weak electrical fields of a size comparable to those generated by plant roots. This tactic behaviour predicts the sites of their accumulation in the natural electrical fields generated by roots and suggests that they may utilize the endogenous electrical currents of plants to detect potential hosts. Generating and responding to electrical currents is therefore an important and general aspect of fungal physiology."
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03746609508684833


This electrical current will actually travel throughout the mycelium which allows the fungi to send information across long distances kind of like the internet does....

Mycelium and the internet? This leads me to..

EXHIBIT B!

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Paul Stamets!

Paul Stamets is thee mycologist that every mushroom lover should know. He has been a dedicated mycologist for over 40 years and in a 2008 Ted Talk he called mushroom mycelium the "Earth's natural internet”.

He made the connection between the internet and fungi because mycelium in the soil can connect different plants allowing them to share nutrients and communicate about their surroundings just like we do with the internet.

In his book: Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World published in 2005 Stamets says:

”I believe that mycelium is the neurological network of nature. Interlacing mosaics of mycelium infuse habitats with information-sharing membranes. These membranes are aware, react to change, and collectively have the long-term health of the host environment in mind. The mycelium stays in constant molecular communication with its environment, devising diverse enzymatic and chemical responses to complex challenges.”

....Did humans invent the internet or did we unknowingly discover it from Nature’s design?

Stamets believes that mycelium is the neurological network of nature and this leads me to....

EXHIBIT C!

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Neurons!


Neurons look like mycelium and electricity and they also have similar functions.

Neural connections in our brain create similar electrical signals that are used to pass on information like the fungi do when its using electrical currents to grow.

"Nerve cells generate electrical signals that transmit information. Although neurons are not intrinsically good conductors of electricity, they have evolved elaborate mechanisms for generating electrical signals based on the flow of ions across their plasma membranes. Ordinarily, neurons generate a negative potential, called the resting membrane potential, that can be measured by recording the voltage between the inside and outside of nerve cells. The action potential abolishes the negative resting potential and makes the transmembrane potential transiently positive. Action potentials are propagated along the length of axons and are the fundamental signal that carries information from one place to another in the nervous system. Generation of both the resting potential and the action potential can be understood in terms of the nerve cell's selective permeability to different ions, and of the normal distribution of these ions across the cell membrane."
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK11053/
 

Lions Mane mushroom is a great tasting edible mushroom that research is showing great potential for brain health.

"Neurotrophic factors are important in promoting the growth and differentiation of neurons. Nerve growth factor (NGF) is essential for the maintenance of the basal forebrain cholinergic system. Hericenones and erinacines  isolated from the medicinal mushroom Hericium erinaceus (Lions Mane) can induce NGF synthesis in nerve cells."
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24266378

“The subjects of the Yamabushitake group took four 250 mg tablets containing 96 percent of Yamabushitake dry powder three times a day for 16 weeks. After termination of the intake, the subjects were observed for the next four weeks. At weeks eight, 12 and 16 of the trial, the Yamabushitake group showed significantly increased scores on the cognitive function scale compared with the placebo group. The Yamabushitake group’s scores increased with the duration of intake, but at week four after the termination of the 16 weeks intake, the scores decreased significantly.” (Mori, 2009)
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18844328

This is a photo of Lion's Mane mushroom....

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Which looks like the cerebellum in our brain....

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Which looks like mycelium which looks like electricity....

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Magic mushrooms and New Neural Networks:

So-called “magic mushrooms” are being studied for their potential to create new neural networks in the brain which might be why they are helpful for people suffering from PTSD.

"Drugs that modulate serotonin (5-HT) synaptic concentrations impact neurogenesis and hippocampal (HPC)-dependent learning. The primary objective is to determine the extent to which psilocybin (PSOP) modulates neurogenesis and thereby affects acquisition and extinction of HPC-dependent trace fear conditioning."
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23727882

Mycelium, neural networks, and electricity all look similar and they all have similar functions. This leads me to.....

 EXHIBIT D!

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Lightning increases mushroom yields!

"A four-year study carried out at Iwate University in northern Japan on ten species of mushroom (so far) has shown that for eight of the 10 mushroom species a bolt of lightning-strength electricity could double the crop yield. The best improvements were found in the popular nameko and shiitake mushrooms. The experiments were carried out by seeding logs with mushroom spores and then applying high-voltage electricity pulses to the logs.

A direct hit by natural lightning would burn and kill mushrooms with up to a billion volts of electricity, so the researchers, led by Associate Professor of Engineering, Koichi Takaki, thought the increase in numbers of mushrooms, if it occurred at all, could be caused by exposure to a weakened charge that would travel through the soil after a nearby lightning strike. They therefore used less damaging pulses of electricity.

The experiments showed mushrooms react best when exposed to a ten-millionth of a second burst of electricity at 50-100,000 volts. Under the best conditions the nameko yield was 80% greater than the untreated control crop, while the shiitake crop yield doubled. Takaki said the mushrooms initially decrease the enzyme and protein secretions from the hyphae (tiny filaments that spread under the surface, acting like roots and giving rise to the fruiting bodies such as mushrooms), but then suddenly increase production."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2010-04-lightning-mushrooms.html#jCp

So now we know that neural networks and fungi growth/communication uses electrical signals in similar ways but did you know that mushrooms themselves could be used as batteries in the future?

EXHIBIT E!

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Mushroom batteries?!

"Current state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries must be improved in both energy density and power output in order to meet the future energy storage demand in electric vehicles and grid energy-storage technologies," said Vilas Pol, an associate professor in the School of Chemical Engineering and the School of Materials Engineering. "So there is a dire need to develop new anode materials with superior performance."

"He noticed a mushroom growing on a rotting wood stump in his backyard and decided to study its potential as a source for carbon fibers.

"I was curious about the structure so I cut it open and found that it has very interesting properties," he said. "It's very rubbery and yet very tough at the same time. Most interestingly, when I cut it open it has a very fibrous network structure."

Comparisons with other fungi showed the Tyromyces fissilis was especially abundant in fibers. The fibers are processed under high temperatures in a chamber containing argon gas using a procedure called pyrolysis, yielding pure carbon in the original shape of the fungus fibers.

The fibers have a disordered arrangement and intertwine like spaghetti noodles.

"They form a conductive interconnected network," Pol said.

The interconnected network brings faster electron transport, which could result in faster battery charging."
Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2016-04-cook-battery-anodes-wild-mushrooms.html#jCp

Mushroom mycelium looks like neural connections and mushrooms are good for your brain.
Mycelium, neurons, both look the same and both use electrical signals to share information.

And on top of all that we now have Mushrooms used as batteries?! This brings me to my last but not least...

EXHIBIT F!

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The Tesla Tower!

The Tesla tower, designed by Nikola Tesla in 1901 was a tower built to transmit electricity through the air to send information over long distances without wires. 

How it works
"The power source is hooked up to the primary coil. The primary coil's capacitor acts like a sponge and soaks up the charge. The primary coil itself must be able to withstand the massive charge and huge surges of current, so the coil is usually made out of copper, a good conductor of electricity. Eventually, the capacitor builds up so much charge that it breaks down the air resistance in the spark gap. Then, similar to squeezing out a soaked sponge, the current flows out of the capacitor down the primary coil and creates a magnetic field."
https://www.livescience.com/46745-how-tesla-coil-works.html

Is it a coincidence that this tower is mushroom shaped?!
I think not! Form and function, people! Form and function!!

At this point you are probably looking at me like I’m this guy....

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But its like Aristotle said, ”It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it”.

I ask you just to entertain the connection between mushroom, neurons, electricity, and the internet.

Perhaps it is just a coincidence and its this way just because it is but you have to admit you learned some cool things like: 
how mushroom yields increase with electricity
how mushrooms can be used as batteries
how mycelium shares and connects information just like the internet does
how electrical signals help fungi grow
how mushrooms are good for brain health
and how all these things are shaped in the same way and work in the same way.

Perhaps its just a coincidence but I like to entertain the thought that perhaps these connections are nature’s way of communicating with us. Perhaps the form of something is natures way of telling us how it can be used.

Mush Love,
@HerbalVisionz

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Magic Mushroom Speech

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Magic Mushroom Speech

My public speaking teacher is very open-minded and is allowing me to do all my speeches about psilocybin mushrooms! 

I have a lot of improvements to make in my public speaking skills and I hope to show you my progress over the semester.

You should know that there was a point in my life where I had social anxiety so bad that I couldn't even talk to people. I would literally go all day without saying a word. I remember going home and having to massage my jaw just because it was sore from not moving all day lol! I have come a long way from the girl who used to cry every day out of loneliness and feeling invisible from the world.

I think it is important that we only compare ourselves to our former selves because it doesn't come as naturally to me and even if I suck at this, I have still personally come a far way! I hope to continue improving because I have so many things that I need to tell the world! I now realize that my words are power and they have the ability to change the world and I hope to do just that!  

 

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Mushrooms are just as medicinal as Cannabis

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Mushrooms are just as medicinal as Cannabis

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Mushrooms and cannabis might be much more connected than you might think. They have a lot in common and I think mushrooms should be respected in the same way cannabis is.

First of all, have you ever thought about how much a cannabis trichome looks like a mushroom? They both have a bulbous head that sits upon a stalk. Trichomes are like lil mini mushrooms! 

You may have noticed how things in nature that look alike, seem to have similar functions. For example, if you bite into a carrot, the cross section will look like an eye and it just so happens that carrots are good for your eyes. It is like how oysters look like sexy parts and they make you more sexual. Nature is trying to give us some hints and I think this seems to be true with mushrooms and cannabis as well. 

Mushrooms and cannabis look alike and they have similar functions. In my opinion, microdosing (taking a very small dose of mushrooms) is similar to the effects of smoking cannabis. Things seem brighter and funnier but you still have control and it is not too overwhelming. In my opinion, taking a large dose of cannabis edibles seems to have a similar effect to a medium dose of mushrooms. In my experience, I have hallucinated from cannabis more than I have from mushrooms. 

          Mushrooms and cannabis are like two different artists who are singing the same song.
They are telling the same story and accomplishing the same things but they put their own spin on it to make it original. 


Cannabis and mushrooms are incorrectly classified 

Mushrooms and cannabis are both Schedule I drugs. Schedule I drugs are defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse or drugs that have no recognized medical uses. As any sensible person knows, this is straight shenanigans. Neither cannabis nor mushrooms have a high potential for abuse and they both have recognized medical use. No one has died from either of these drugs. It is an insult to our intelligence for our government to keep trying to tell us otherwise. The evidence of medical potential is overwhelming. 

It is pretty common knowledge that cannabis is doing amazing things for cancer patients and children with seizures. 

Cannabis can be used for such a wide range of ailments.
How can our government continue to say that these people who seek treatment are criminals?

These people found medical relief from cannabis and yet our federal government still considers them criminals. It is unethical to deny anyone a medicine that is natural and safe.

Cannabis is helping these people but did you know that mushrooms can help people in similar ways? 
Cluster headaches, often called "Suicide Headaches" are headaches that are so severe that they will cause someone to become suicidal just to get them to stop. 

Many pharmaceutical medicines for cluster headaches are ineffective or dangerous but many people are finding relief by using psilocybin mushrooms. It is unclear as to why psilocybin helps with cluster headaches but that is because we aren't allowed to do research. My guess is that it has something to do with mushrooms being known for creating new neural networks in the brain. 
Check out this article on how mushrooms create a "hyper connected" brain:
https://www.livescience.com/48502-magic-mushrooms-change-brain-networks.html

People who suffer from cluster headaches have to risk their freedom just to use a medicine that stops their terrible pain. This man is risking it all because the pain is so unbearable that otherwise, "It's a bullet or a mushroom."

If you think its just a headache, think again! Cluster headaches are on another level. This video shows how painful they are. Warning: It is sad to watch

Keeping psilocybin mushrooms and cannabis Schedule I drugs is a disservice to the citizens that could be benefitting from the medicinal effects. It is ridiculous to tell someone that they are a criminal for using something that could save their life! 

Potential mental health benefits:

So cannabis and mushrooms both have physical health benefits but what about mental health benefits?

As you probably know, Cannabis is used to treat anything from PTSD, depression, and anxiety. It is a natural alternative to some of the brain-numbing pharmaceuticals they give out like candy. Some of the pills they prescribe can have worse side effects than they started out with. Cannabis can help just as much, if not more and it is much safer with no lethal side effects. 

Cannabis can do all that but according to the researchers at Johns Hopkins University, mushrooms can do all that too! Psilocybin research is very limited because of its classification, but the studies we can do are very promising. 

There was research done with patients with terminal cancer. These patients had depression and anxiety due to their cancer diagnosis. The patients are given psilocybin in a double-blind study and the study concluded: 

  • About 80% of participants continued to show clinically significant decreases in depressed mood and anxiety, with about 60% showing symptom remission into the normal range
  • 83% reported increases in well-being or life satisfaction
  • 67% of participants reported the experience as one of the top five meaningful experiences in their lives
  • About 70% reported the experience as one of their top five spiritually significant lifetime events"
    Source: https://hub.jhu.edu/2016/12/01/hallucinogen-treats-cancer-depression-anxiety/

If mushrooms have the potential to let cancer patients lead a happier life, we should give it a chance.

"High potential for abuse"

So we now know that both cannabis and mushrooms can have both mental and physical health benefits. Next on the qualifications for a Schedule I drug are the fact that they have a high potential for abuse. My idea of a "high potential for abuse" would include anything that can get you physically addicted to the point that it destroys your life and damages your health. It is true that you can misuse anything but cannabis and mushrooms will not destroy your life and health like other legal drugs like alcohol and cigarettes. 

Cannabis and mushrooms are better classified as substances with a high potential to stop abuse and treat.addiction. 

The journal, 'JAMA Internal Medicine', indicates that states that have better access to cannabis have a decrease in opiate death. Cannabis isn't the gateway to harder drugs, it is the gateway away from them! We have been fooled all along. 
"In an analysis of death certificate data from 1999 to 2010, we found that states with medical cannabis laws had lower mean opioid analgesic overdose mortality rates compared with states without such laws."
Source: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/1898878

Well guess what...mushrooms can do that too! 

Another study at Johns Hopkins revealed that mushrooms can help people quit smoking cigarettes. The study concluded with an 80% abstinence rate from participants after 6 months. Varenicline is the most widely known drug that treats cigarette addiction and the best its got was a 35% abstinence rate. Mushrooms treat the root cause of addiction and not just the symptoms. 

“Quitting smoking isn’t a simple biological reaction to psilocybin, as with other medications that directly affect nicotine receptors,” Johnson says. “When administered after careful preparation and in a therapeutic context, psilocybin can lead to deep reflection about one’s life and spark motivation to change.”
— https://hub.jhu.edu/2014/09/11/magic-mushrooms-smoking/

If psilocybin can do that for cigarette smokers then perhaps it can treat other addictions. In my personal experience, mushrooms helped me quit drinking alcohol. It seems as though the mushroom helps you understand what to do in order to be the best version of yourself. It wasn't just taking care of my symptoms, it was rewiring my whole brain to think differently. More research needs to be done but when mushrooms are so stigmatized, it is hard to get more information and do more studies. 

Cannabis and mushrooms have both been falsely demonized. We have been told that they are bad for us but in reality they could help us mentally and physically. It is time for change. It is time to realize that laws that were put in place a long time ago need to be updated. It has been over 40 years since the war on drugs started but it's 2017 now and we have more information. These drugs aren't harmful and it is absurd to keep blindly following a leader who told us these lies so long ago. Nixon isn't even alive anymore and yet we still allow him to rule over us. 

ALL mushrooms are magic

Some of the most medicinal cannabis doesn't even get you high. This is true for mushrooms too! Mushrooms like Lions Mane, Reishi, Turkey Tail, and Cordyceps are all mushrooms that are being researched for potential use for treating/preventing cancer and many other diseases. They can't get you high but they sure are magical! 

Here is a lil info about my favorites:

Lions Mane
Improves memory and mood. 
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-stamets/mushroom-memory_b_1725583.html

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Reishi
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Reishi mushroom is used for boosting the immune system; viral infections such as the flu (influenza), swine flu, and avian flu; lung conditions including asthma and bronchitis; heart disease and contributing conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol; kidney disease; cancer; and liver disease. It is also used for HIV/AIDS, altitude sickness, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), trouble sleeping (insomnia), stomach ulcers, poisoning, and herpes pain. Other uses include reducing stress and preventing fatigue.

In combination with other herbs, reishi mushroom is used to treat prostate cancer."
Source:
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-905-reishi%20mushroom.aspx?activeingredientid=90

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Paul Stamets changed my whole perspective on mushrooms!


-Building materials
-clothing
-bioremediation
 ...if cannabis can do it
..mushrooms can too! 

Hemp is being used as hempcrete to use as building materials. It is even fire proof. Mushrooms can do used as building material too! 

Mushroom Building Material

Hemp fabric? Mushroom fabric!

Cannabis can be used to clean up polluted areas and so can mushrooms.

Bioremediation is the use of plants, fungi, or bacteria to clean up contaminated soil and water.

Some info on cannabis being used as bioremediation:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12655808


Safety

Mushrooms and cannabis are some of the safest drugs you can use according to the Global Drug Survey of 2017. Mushrooms even had less emergency room visits than cannabis users. Alcohol was third and it is legal. 

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Now, that is not to say cannabis or mushrooms are 100% safe. Nothing is really completely safe, it is all about how you use it. 

WHEN mushrooms are legal...

When mushrooms become legal, they will be used in a safe setting with professional guidance. It will still be illegal to consume large amounts of mushrooms in public because you might hurt yourself or others. This is just like alcohol, it is legal but you can still be arrested if you are drunk in public. 

With so many similarities between cannabis and mushrooms, I think it would be a good idea for the psychedelic community to follow in the footsteps of the cannabis community. Cannabis started to become legal when people started to see the medicinal benefits and realized it wasn't just for stoners. Well, mushrooms will be the same. They will become normalized once we show people that they have medical potential and its not just hippies using them. 

People told me I would be a lazy stoner if I smoked cannabis. They told me I would be an unmotivated loser if I did psychedelics. Well, I have smoked cannabis regularly for over 10 years and I do mushrooms from time to time and I'm not a loser at all. I am going to school for soil science, I have a 4.0 GPA, I am a member of The Society for Leadership and Success, and I am starting my own business. If they told me cannabis and mushrooms would change me then they were right, they made me into a better person. They made me into the best version of myself, they helped me quit drinking, they help with my depression/ptsd, and they keep me motivated and inspired. No one should be treated as a criminal for peacefully exploring their own consciousness. 

If we end the war on drugs, we can focus our time and energy on real crimes like rape and murder. Real criminals are getting away because police officers are spending all their time on criminalizing nature. They hide in bushes waiting for mushroom pickers, they go to great lengths to find cannabis  or couple mushrooms, they ruin lives for possessing a part of nature. We aren't bad people for using mushrooms or cannabis. Time to stop the madness. 

Time to realize that mushrooms and cannabis are medicine. They were put on this Earth for a purpose!

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Mushrooms will be on the ballot in 2018 in California. This bill will decriminalize the possession of mushrooms. 

"The measure would exempt adults 21 and older from penalties of possessing, selling, transporting, or cultivating psilocybins. 

At least 365,880 valid signatures are needed to place the measure on the 2018 statewide ballot. "
Source: http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-proposed-ballot-measure-could-1503707569-htmlstory.html

Mushrooms will also be on the ballot in 2020 in Oregon with a bill that will allow for the supervised use of mushrooms by a professional.
Learn more here:
https://www.opsbuzz.com/agenda/

I am hoping to help gather some people to plan for legalization of mushrooms in Colorado and I'm hoping more states will follow. We will be stronger if we work together and do this professionally. 

 


Have I convinced you yet?!

Please say yes! I promise people won't be tripping their face off all over the place! Professionals will be trained to keep you calm and safe. Legalization means more research and safer access. If we educate people and do this right, the psilocybin movement will change the world in beautiful ways. 

Just like with cannabis, it is not just about getting high. It is about health care, relief from addiction from harder drugs, and freedom. Mushrooms and cannabis both have in common that they are good for your mental/physical health, they can be used to treat addictions, they can be used for building material, used for fabric, used for bioremediation, they are falsely demonized, and they are the safest drugs you can do. Mushrooms are just like cannabis and deserve to be legalized just as well. 

If you believe in this movement, you can help out by spreading knowledge about the health benefits and potential research that could be done. People need to see that it is not just about getting high. The more people who speak out about this, the easier it will become to normalize it. We need to come out of the psychedelic closet just like we did with the cannabis closet! The time is now! Let's go!

Learn more:
maps.org
http://heffter.org/
opsbuzz.com/agenda/

Legalize smiles :)

Legalize smiles :)

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Using Psychedelics Safely and Respectfully

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Using Psychedelics Safely and Respectfully

Everything is about intention. If you go to school to party then you may not learn as much as someone who takes it seriously and goes to school to learn. Psychedelics are the same way. If you only use it to party then you may not understand the lessons that these medicines offer. If you use it with good intention, to better yourself and heal then good things will come of it. 

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