Psychedelics have been the subject of experiments by scientists for decades but went out of favor with the law in the 1960s and 1970s when they “escaped the lab” and were picked up by proselytizers who helped give them a bad name, conference presenters said. This led to a backlash that slammed the lid on research for the next several decades.
This is definitely worth your time to listen to and it gives amazing insight on the benefits of working with mushrooms. Here are some highlights about mushrooms:
- Produce strong antibiotics
- Rot is essential for nutrients in forest (mycelium goes underground)
- Mycelium inhales oxygen like we do
- Mycelium is earth’s natural internet (highly branched)
- Fungi one of the first organisms to come to land
- Produces oxalic acids = makes rocks crumble to make soil
- Fungi do not need light: uses radiation as source of energy
- Largest organism in the world: mycelia wall
- Ways mushrooms can be used to save the world
- Habitat restoration
- Active against flu viruses and pox
- Energy called “Econol” made by the breakdown of cellulose to fungal sugars
Sorry for being absent for so long and slacking on the posting. I have been pretty busy getting my life started and going through obstacles, but now it has calmed down a lot and I am ready to continue my passion. So much research has happened in the past couple of months, which means more progress and more to learn! Stay tuned. Oh and happy holidays!
The DEA and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration maintain that there is insufficient research to justify recategorization from Schedule I. This stance creates a catch-22 by basing the decision on the need for more research while limiting the ability of scientists to conduct that research. The June report recommends transferring responsibility for drug scheduling from the DEA to another agency or nongovernmental organization without a history of anti-drug bias, such as the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. No matter how it happens, until the drugs are reclassified, bringing psychedelics from research into clinical practice will be an uphill battle.
This is featured on Psychedelic Frontier. The following report is from the September 18, 1914 issue of Science magazine, generously contributed to Erowid by archivist Michael Horowitz, as a silvered, heavily-aged copy from old microfiche. This stands out as one of the earliest known experience reports for psilocybin-containing mushrooms. Although the author identifies the mushrooms as Panaeolus papilionaceus, Paul Stamets suggests that Verrill’s identification may have been wrong and the mushrooms might have instead been Panaeolus subbalteatus.
The faces appeared in all sorts of bright and even intense colors–so intense that I could only liken them to flames of fire, in red, purple, green and yellow colors, like fireworks.