The New York Times Sunday Science section took a look at everyone’s favorite hallucinogenic. As a frequent user of the fungus, always for the enjoyment of the psilocybin, I should probably be the HMJ writer that delves into this fascinating issue. I promise not to mention “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” either.
Scientists are taking a new look at hallucinogens, which became taboo among regulators after enthusiasts like Timothy Leary promoted them in the 1960s with the slogan “Turn on, tune in, drop out.” Now, using rigorous protocols and safeguards, scientists have won permission to study once again the drugs’ potential for treating mental problems and illuminating the nature of consciousness.
Before an annoying commentator calls me out for it, I know the Beatles reference in the opener alludes to LSD and not magical mushrooms.
I love the magical boom booms. They’re from the earth, so it’s not like LSD, and they allow you to trip, but not lose your mind. It seems I’m not the only one, as this limited study is finding it’s helped deal with depression and other ailments, like PTSD, and surprisingly enough, addictions to drugs and alcohol.
Researchers from around the world are gathering this week in San Jose, Calif., for the largest conference on psychedelic science held in the United States in four decades. They plan to discuss studies of psilocybin and other psychedelics for treating depression in cancer patients, obsessive-compulsive disorder, end-of-life anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction to drugs or alcohol.
What’s startling about this conference is it’s taken so long to be enacted. Tim O’Leary actually set the movement back with his “turn on, tune in, drop out” philosophy. I’m hoping that all the recent activity surrounding medical marijuana has played a small part in re-imagining what psilocybin can do, or at least allowed studies to be conducted without the stigma generally associated with mind-altering toxins.
More discussion is needed, but as someone with first-hand knowledge, mushrooms have always brought me great relief and a transcendental relationship with nature and life.
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