Medical Psilocybin Initiative Planned for Oregon Ballot

No U.S. state has attempted yet to reclassify psilocybin, one of the mind-altering chemicals in “magic” mushrooms, as medicine. If the Oregon ...

Medical Psilocybin Initiative Planned for Oregon Ballot

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Medical Psilocybin Initiative Planned for Oregon Ballot

Psilocybin is the active chemical in magic mushrooms that makes you trip. Research also indicates that psilocybin helps the formation of new brain cells in a process called Neurogenesis, among many other beneficial effects.

According to Ganjapreneur:

The Oregon Attorney General has approved the wording of a medical psilocybin ballot initiative, which is the final step before supporters can collect signatures to place the issue on the 2020 ballot, Marijuana Moment reports. No U.S. state has attempted yet to reclassify psilocybin, one of the mind-altering chemicals in “Magic” mushrooms, as medicine

Unfortunately, magic mushrooms are classified as Schedule I by the federal government. This has caused a lack of research in the therapeutic effects of psilocybin.

Hopefully, if the Oregon Psilocybin Society is able to collect the 140,000 signatures necessary to get the measure on the ballot, Oregon will be the first state in history to legalize mushrooms. It will be an historic day.

“We’re excited to gather signatures in support of establishing a community-based service framework, in which licensed providers, along with licensed producers of psilocybin mushrooms, can blaze new trails in Oregon in accordance with evolving practice standards.” - Tom Eckert, OPS co-founder, via a press release.

There is a growing body of scientific research conducted at John Hopkins University that supports the use of psilocybin in the treatment for long term depression, drug addiction, and other psychiatric conditions.

OPS is now tasked with collecting the 140,000 signatures necessary for participation in the 2020 elections.

With the legalization of psilocybin, further research can be conducted and many more amazing benefits may yet be discovered.

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