Coloradans interested in trying psychedelic mushrooms for medical purposes will soon be able to legally try them after voters voted yes this week to legalize the drug.
From Friday afternoon, just passing through 52% of state votes cast in favor of Proposition 122 (National Medicine Health Act of 2022).
The vote would legalize access to natural remedies for those 21 years of age and older. And according to propositionNatural remedies include plants or fungi that affect the mental health of a person.
The vote also calls for federal regulators to develop a plan to make natural remedies available and the appointment of an advisory board to guide the industry.
The psychedelics, often called magic mushrooms or shrooms, are often sought after for their hallucinogenic effects.
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Supporters like Canada’s former professional ice hockey player Daniel Carcillo they said the medicine helped them.
He was diagnosed with multiple concussions and struggled with mind control issues, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts, he said. USA TODAY Sports.
A former colleague of his said that he likes mushrooms, so he visited the farm for about a week and tried it.
“It helped clear my mind,” he told USA TODAY Sports. “It helped break down a bunch of destructive thoughts I was clinging to. Everything started to get better.”
Carcillo is the founder and CEO of Wesana Health in Chicago, a medical company is testing compounds in mental mushrooms to treat mental health.
But recreational use of the drug has led to other episodes, including the October 4 incident on a United Airlines flight.
The elders said a the man had taken the magic mushroom before taking the trip from Miami to Washington, DC when he attacked two flight attendants.
They said the man, Cherruy Loghan Sevilla, grabbed the person sitting next to him before “walking around the plane, running up and down the aisle, clapping loudly near the cockpit and shouting obscenities.”
He admitted to the FBI that he had taken psilocybin before fleeing and said he was sorry for his actions. He was accused of assaulting and disturbing the flight attendants and crew.
How they work and what causes them
This mushroom, found in Mexico, Central America, and the United States, contains a chemical called psilocybin, according to Drug Enforcement Administration.
They are taken orally and can also be brewed as a tea or added to other foods to work around their bitterness, the DEA said.
Using mushrooms can cause nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness, and lack of coordination; those who have used them have the ability to guess and be unable to distinguish guesses from reality, the DEA said.
Among the growing research on the effects of mushrooms, a Harvard University a study found that people who used psilocybin were 30% less likely to develop opioid addictioncompared to those who never tried the drug.
Some medical experts believe that mushrooms can be dangerous for a small group of people with serious mental health problems. But in general, experts say that medicine is not physical harm or addiction.
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Saleen Martin is a reporter for USA TODAY’s NOW team. He is from Norfolk, Virginia – the 757 – and loves all things scary, witches, Christmas, and food. Follow him on Twitter at @Saleen_Martin or send him an email at email@example.com.