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Historic Decision Could Pave the Way for More Research Into the Benefits of Psychedelics

Updated: Nov 17, 2022

By: Buz Deliere | November 14, 2022

Colorado voters have just narrowly approved the use of psilocybin for medical purposes, with over a million voters saying yes.

The movement to legalize psilocybin is continuing to grow momentum, 19 states have recently tried to pass some form of legal possession. None have been approved yet but it seems that momentum will be hard-pressed in stopping them now.

Magic mushrooms may be the key to fighting depression, drug addiction, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health conditions. More clinical trials are needed in order for researchers to understand how psilocybin works with these disorders better while also examining its potential use as an alternative treatment option.

In 2020 Oregan first passed laws allowing for psilocybin therapeutic centers to treat patients and now 17 out of the 20 major cities are allowing it.

The people of Colorado have spoken, and they are not afraid to buck federal regulations. Proposition 122 makes Colorado the second U.S state to break with the nation's federal stance by legalizing medicinal psychedelics this year.

The measure would make personal growing, sharing, and use of psilocybin and its cousin psilocin legal. The two compounds that are found in "magic mushrooms" and famous among those who seek out mind-altering substances but have been tightly controlled due to their psychedelic effects which can include altered states of consciousness or hallucinations.

Now under the supervision of a professional at "treatment centers" or "healing centers" patients can legally access this new treatment. Adults are also allowed to use, under 122, ibogaine, mescaline, and dimethylamine or DMT.

Colorado's Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) will be implementing licensing criteria for psychedelic treatment centers, facilitators, and ancillary businesses by the beginning of 2024, and applicants are expected to be able to apply by late 2024.

This is yet another huge step in the right direction for learning more about these compounds and their healing abilities.


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