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:
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"
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."
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.
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:
Improves memory and mood.
"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."
Paul Stamets changed my whole perspective on mushrooms!
...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:
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.
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!
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. "
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:
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!