As Mitchell explains it, when people are young, their brains go through critical periods of learning and development that then become closed off as they age. Researchers believe that psychedelics “open those closed critical periods for just a tiny window of time,”
“Another California city is pursuing a resolution to decriminalize psychedelics, with an Arcata City Council member agreeing to sponsor the measure.”
“But a small study suggests that psychedelic users who report having frightening bad trips also say that these BTs often gave them “deep existential and life-altering insights.”
“In the past two years, a new drug policy reform movement called Decriminalize Nature has persuaded local governments in a half dozen municipalities, including Washington, D.C., to decriminalize “plant medicines” such as psilocybin, ayahuasca, iboga and the cactuses that produce mescaline. “
“What in 2019 was merely a buzzword for investors became a full-fledged industry boasting over 25 public companies, including six (and counting) that list their stock in the Nasdaq.”
““More people are discovering psychedelics,” says Dr. Katrina Michelle, former director of harm reduction at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and a Fireside Project advisor. “
The studies, by researchers at Yale University, found that administering psilocybin to mice led to an immediate and long-lasting increase in the number and strength of connections between neurons in a specific region of the cortex.
Through SB 519, California can begin the process for establishing safe therapeutic access to psychedelics through a licensed program.