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Psychedelic mushrooms less harmful than thought earlier

 
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To me this is wonderful news. I like the idea of everyone being able to grow their own medicine and not needing too many middle man.

I do hope that people use a measured approach, in finding the right dosage when they self-medicate, listening to there body for negative feedback. And also do it in a safe and responsible way, similar to alcohol or any other "official" prescription drug, know your limitation esp when it could negative affect others, aka dont drive or operate critical things while under the influence, if possible use it at home, then go to sleep.
 
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That is certainly an interesting article. Good news. =)
 
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In these amazing interviews, you can listen to Paul Stamets contextualise a lot of the information people throw around regarding the specific mechanisms behind some of the fungi he's working with, among them psylocybe and analogues, and other important culinary and medicinal mushrooms.

They are both well worth the watch.

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Most of the negative health effects concern overuse, such that, though at some low psychoactive doses there might, for instance, be evidence of neurogenesis, at much lower concentrations, a higher neurogenic effect was recorded. But Paul sketches this all out, I believe in the second interview.

I have heard the same about micro-dosing LSD, whereby daily sub-psychoactive doses produce a nootropic effect, but psychoactive doses simply overload the synapses.

What I found really interesting was the part where he was discussing completely legal fungal analogues for illegal psylocibes, and that you could achieve a similar neurogenic effect by taking a mycelial extract of non-psychoactive mushrooms. I have no such aversion, but I could understand some with psychoactive hesitancy being relieved at this possibility.

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Yes, they've always been 'less harmful' than thought
...and certainly not a good fit for everyone.

I've been happy to read of research finally being done on their benefits.

Interesting Michael Pollan essay https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/06/what-its-like-to-trip-on-the-most-potent-magic-mushroom/561860/

His opinion piece... https://michaelpollan.com/articles-archive/where-i-stand-on-magic-mushrooms/
 
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Macrodosing hallucinogens, in my experience, is the best way to have a truly enlightening experience.  I believe the harm comes when a person isn't ready for the amount of clarity that can come.  They made me able to see quite clearly who I was as a person, the good, the bad, and the truly ugly parts of myself.  On one notable experience with a very large quantity of mushrooms, I sat on the floor in the corner of my room with tears rolling down my face for hours.  It was as if I could see all the horror and greed and evil in the world in a way I never had before.  I have had experiences in the other direction as well, where the joy and beauty of life were almost overwhelming.  Far from being transient, "oh man I'm high" kind of experience you might expect, hallucinogens will open your eyes to truths that you know to be true, and don't fade after the experience.  So I would say yes, I agree very much with Judith that they are not a good fit for everyone, but for some people, the experience is extremely spiritual.
 
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The Canadian Government (and others, I'm sure) experimented on psychiatric patients during the 1960's and '70's... maybe earlier. I can't remember the full story, but I heard of it on CBC (Canada's National radio). I might be able to search it later.  They had success with micro-doses of psilocybin, LSD, and others with numerous disorders.  Also, I believe both of those two were also used in micro doses in controlled studies for addiction rehab of nicotine, heroin, morphine, and alcohol.  Suffice it to say that it was widely known to be a potent and safe psychiatric drug back then.
 
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Here's a pretty recent article from the University of Saskatchewan on the subject:  The Real Promise of LSD, MDMA, and Mushrooms for Medical Science
 
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Here's one based on what was going on in Saskatchewan, Canada, in the 1950's:  What it was like being a test subject in Saskatchewan's LSD experiments.  This is some of the same information that I remember from the CBC radio show that I heard.
 
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