depression

‘Magic’ mushrooms – the next medical pot?

psychedelic-1084082_1280The mile-high city might be getting even higher if Denver voters sign off on a proposal to decriminalize magic mushrooms.

They’re voting today on the “Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Initiative,” which would “deprioritize, to the greatest extent possible” criminal penalties “for the personal use and personal possession of psilocybin mushrooms.”

The proposal doesn’t legalize shrooms, but it would ban the city from spending any money to impose criminal penalties on folks who possess them.

The magic mushrooms, which have hallucinogenic properties, are a Schedule 1 drug under federal law.

Backers of the initiative point to research showing the health benefits of magic mushrooms (sound familiar?).

One small study found that psilocybin is “showing promise” in treating patients with depression, with the caveat that “its therapeutic mechanisms are poorly understood.”

Microdosing of LSD and magic mushrooms, which doesn’t cause users to trip their brains out, has become a thing among creative genius-types, who claim its positive effects include a boost in production.

We’re trying to think of a city in Florida where voters might give the nod to mind-bending mushrooms. St. Pete? Key West? Tweet @thedarakam with suggestions.