As legal marijuana booms, Denver votes on decriminalizing hallucinogenic mushrooms

Next Up: Denver Votes on Decriminalizing Mushrooms

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Some might ask “What are these guys smoking in Denver?!?” when they learn that Denver is set to vote Tuesday, May 7th on whether or not to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms. But, on further examination one might see that this is a groundbreaking, potentially life-changing (in a postive way) vote for another one of nature’s “gifts”. The Washington Post takes a look at this interesting development. (Read their story by clicking the link below.)

Psilocybin is not addictive, does not lead to overdoses and is not thought to have long-term side effects, research has shown. It is a naturally occurring compound in some fungi.

A number of studies have shown positive effects on people addicted to opioids, alcohol or tobacco, as well as diminished depression and anxiety. Researchers have found such benefits to mushrooms that the Food and Drug Administration has granted “breakthrough therapy” status to study psilocybin for treating depression. The FDA describes breakthrough therapy as designed to expedite development of a drug after preliminary evidence shows “the drug may demonstrate substantial improvement over available therapy.”[…]

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