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Psychedelic Drugs Hold Medical Promise: A Summary

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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.

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A 1914 Trip Report of Psilocybin Mushrooms

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A 1914 Trip Report of Psilocybin Mushrooms

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.

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Magic Mushrooms Expand the Mind by DAMPENING Brain Activity

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Magic Mushrooms Expand the Mind by DAMPENING Brain Activity

Under the influence of mushrooms, overall brain activity drops, particularly in certain regions that are densely connected to sensory areas of the brain. When functioning normally, these connective “hubs” appear to help constrain the way we see, hear and experience the world, grounding us in reality. It seems that a lot of brain activity is used to keep the world very ordinary and very familiar.  They are also the key nodes of a brain network linked to self-consciousness and depression. Psilocybin cuts activity in these nodes and severs their connection to other brain areas, allowing the senses to run free.

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Advice for Trippers, New and Old

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Advice for Trippers, New and Old

Before I tripped for the first time, I made sure to do my research on what to expect and what I was dealing with.  Too many times you hear people casually eating mushrooms or tabbin it up, and then having the worst experience of their life because they have no idea what the hell is going on! No homie! You shouldn’t fuck around with psychedelics man…they can make you or break you pretty fast. And if you do it right, it will probably be one of the most amazing things that has ever happened to you. I treasure my experiences shrooming or dropping, and I shake my head at those who take them for granted. So without further ado, here are some basic guidelines for having the time of your life

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Ariana Joy’s First Psilocybin Journey: her way to heal from Chronic Lyme Disease

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Ariana Joy’s First Psilocybin Journey: her way to heal from Chronic Lyme Disease

That’s when the deep soul lessons began to appear. I could feel my energy being thrown around, from one extreme to the other. I was watching how my life was full of contradictions and what that was doing to my spirit. I wanted to be in a relationship, yet I wanted to travel the world solo. I encouraged people to live lives of freedom, passion, and love, yet I often experienced feelings of depression, insecurity, and loneliness. I advocated love and peace yet was all too quick to judge another. All these contradictions were fragmenting my energy, leaving me feeling disconnected and out of place.

Her trip sounds amazing, and I especially thought it was cool that she had a specific intention going into it.  Also appreciated that she did extensive research on psilocybin so she knew the safe practices involved and kind of what to expect.  Only thing I was concerned about when I read it was that her partner, who was watching over her, was inexperienced as well. But I’m glad that overall, she was able to relax and take as much from the trip as she did.  You go girl.

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