How Long Will It Take for the US to Legalize the Use of Magic Mushrooms?
In 2020, Oregon has set an example to the other American states, as far as the legalization of magic mushrooms for therapeutic purposes is concerned. Voters in cities such as Washington DC, Denver and Oakland have also decriminalized the purchase of microscopic mushroom spores for therapeutic treatments.
There are certain clear indicators that things are about to get easier for those who are interested in studying the potential benefits of magic mushrooms for human health. The National Institute on Drug Abuse hosted a workshop this year on the topic of psychedelics as therapeutic options. The same Institute awarded a 4-million-dollar grant for studying the positive impact of psilocybin on addiction to tobacco.
There have been many ballot campaigns aimed at decriminalizing the use of psilocybin for medical purposes. Despite the scientific research stating that these mushrooms are good for alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety, the opponents claim that it actually worsens panic and anxiety attacks, and is, therefore, not recommended for those suffering from more severe illnesses such as psychosis, schizophrenia, and so on.
One of the things that the Federal Congress has insisted on is that terminally-ill patients should have access to psilocybin, as scientific studies support the idea that it can reduce end-of-life anxiety.