The UK is experiencing a psychedelic renaissance. Young people in England and Wales are taking three times more LSD than they did five years ago, scientists at top universities are claiming hallucinogens can revolutionise how we treat mental illness and the use of magic mushrooms has been increasing by around 40 percent year on year.
Bruce Tobin became interested in psilocybin, the psychoactive compound in magic mushrooms, 10 years ago when he was approached by a woman who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
A group of activists in Portland, Oregon, are working on decriminalizing psychedelics in the city, touting the benefits of drugs like psilocybin and ayahuasca for mental health.
While some substances like ketamine and LSD have been extensively studied, researchers are now looking at other overlooked psychedelics, including a South American substance called ayahuasca, a potent beverage historically linked to peoples and tribes of the Amazon rainforest.
Dimethyltryptamine or DMT is a potent psychedelic drug. Humans have used psychedelic compounds for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. In modern times, psychedelics are most commonly associated with the 1960s when “dropping (lysergic) acid” or taking “magic” psilocybin mushrooms became popular.
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The movement to decriminalize psychedelics has spread so rapidly this year that it can be hard to keep track.
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