Psilocybin. Boosting the Brain. Episode 2 · EntheoVision

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Watch Episode 2 – Psilocybin – Boosting the Brain!, and discover:
· Oregon – paving the way for other countries and states to introduce regulated psychedelic therapy
· Suicide! How one womans’ suicidal thoughts propelled her to take a stand in her community… and more
· … and finally, some insights into the Mexican Curandera Maria Sabina who first shared the secret of mushrooms with a business man in the 1950s.

Presented and written by: Carol Talbot
Editor: Christo Streak
Music: Brent Cochrane

How does a modest little mushroom upend the brain so thoroughly?

According to a 2014 study, psilocybin actually boosts the brain’s connectivity. People describe mushroom or psilocybin trips as extremely profound experiences, and report feelings of joy and connectedness to others and to the world around them. Even back in the 1960s, Harvard psychologist Timothy Leary and his colleagues ran a series of experiments with magic mushrooms called the Harvard Psilocybin Project.
More recently, a landmark study conducted by the Beckley Imperial Research Program provided the first clinical evidence for the efficacy of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy to treat depression, even in cases where all other treatments had failed. They gave oral psilocybin to 20 patients with treatment-resistant depression, all of whom had previously tried at least two other treatment methods without success. Participants had suffered from depression for an average of 18 years, with severity ranging from moderate to severe. All patients showed some reductions in their depression scores at 1-week post-treatment and maximal effects were seen at 5 weeks, with results remaining positive at 3 and 6 months.
Its these kind of studies that inspired therapists in Oregon along with the country’s leading advocates in the field to write Measure 109.
Measure 109 asked the Oregon Health Authority to create a licensing system to create a regulated program where Oregon residents suffering from depression, anxiety, and other challenges can see a trained facilitator to receive supervised psilocybin therapy.

This means that Oregon has made history by successfully creating the first ever statewide program for psilocybin therapy in the USA. So what’s the next step for Oregon? Other countries and states are taking an interest in what is happening with Oregon as a model for introducing psychedelics. And as neuroscientist Adi Rae said… Measure 109’s framework prioritizes safety, research, licensing, and training in a way that promotes access, treatment, and health.”

More recently studies at leading medical research institutions such as Johns Hopkins, UCLA, and NYU indicate that psilocybin therapy shows real promise. It appears to be uniquely effective in treating depression, end-of-life anxiety, and addiction.  In particular, Psilocybin has been found to reduce symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Post traumatic stress disorder,  and recent evidence shows that psilocybin can be highly effective for smoking cessation and can lead to positive changes in personality; such as increases in empathy, openness, conscientiousness.

For Melissa Lavasani psilocybin gave her back her life….and inspired her to set up Initiative 81 in Washington DC. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic and shutdown, Initiative 81 supporters safely collected more than 25,000 valid signatures from registered DC voters to place the measure on the November ballot. And news recently in is that Initiative 81 has secured enough votes from DC residents to pass.  This means that DC residents benefiting from plant and fungi medicines are not police targets.

It was Maria Sabina who first shared the secret of mushrooms with banker R. Gordon Wasson when he traveled to Mexico in 1955.  As a healer and shaman Maria had been consuming psilocybin mushrooms regularly since she was seven years old, and had performed the mushroom ceremony for over 30 years before Wasson arrived. Wasson wrote an article about his experiences and if it weren’t for this article, the sacred mushroom may have remained a mystery. Thousands of spiritual seekers including John Lennon and Bob Dylan sought out Maria Sabina and her ‘little children’ – the name she used for the sacred mushrooms. Dr Timothy Leary said “I learned more about my brain and its possibilities and more about psychology in the five hours after taking these mushrooms than in the preceding 15 years of studying and doing research in psychology.” And now… mushrooms ….psylocibin is  being used in a manner much closer to what María Sabina considered to be their true purpose: to heal the sick.

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The #TYPM movement does not encourage any illegal use or abuse of plant medicines and psychedelics, whether cultivated in nature or lab synthesized.

Psychedelics and plant medicines – even within the confines of applicable laws – are not appropriate or beneficial for everyone. They are not magical cures, but are tools that when used properly – with respect, clear intentions, guidance, and a safe, supportive environment – can catalyze personal growth and healing.

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