For a while now I’ve been watching the movement to decriminalize psilocybin (magic mushrooms) here in California. As I mentioned in my end-of-the-year write up there’s some very interesting research being done in treating depression, anxiety, and PTSD with psychedelics. I’d be very interested in trying microdosing with mushrooms to see if they could potentially help dealing with my own tendency for low mood. As for full-on tripping I’d want to approach that much more cautiously as I sometimes have anxiety with substances and would need to gauge the emotional “feel” of the experience before I’d ever take a big dose, though for the potential benefits I would consider it if I felt I could do it in a safe and relaxed setting.
Signatures are currently being collected till March 15th, 2022, to get the initiative on the ballot, perhaps as early as November of 2022. I’ll be sending in my name this week! Please consider doing the same if you’re interested and a resident of California. Already there are three cities in California that have decriminalized psilocybin – Oakland, Arcata, and Santa Cruz, so things are headed in the right direction.
I don’t want to get my hopes up too soon, but it seems inevitable that eventually more of these substances will become decriminalized. They could potentially help a lot of people who are suffering with mood disorders and PTSD. Fingers crossed.