Legalizing the Trip: A Mushroom Advocate’s Playbook


And a lot of people here take advantage of DC‘s unique decriminalization rules. Microdosing shrooms as a form of performance-enhancing brain-boost—already popular with the California tech scene—is now quite common in Washington, especially in media circles. recreational use — macrodosing? – it’s not that rare. If you want a fully legal psychedelic experience, you can stop by Field Trip on 15th St. NW, where licensed therapists treat PTSD, depression, and other mental health issues with psychedelic-assisted therapy using ketamine.

Much of the new curiosity about psychedelics was sparked by Michael Pollan’s 2018 book How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. (The book has now been turned into a show on Netflix.) Elsewhere, Joe Rogan’s podcasts about mushrooms caused a stir.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently conducting clinical trials of psilocybin, the drug found in psychedelic mushrooms, to treat mental health issues. And The Intercept reported this week that in a recent letter written to Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.), the Biden administration revealed that the FDA will likely approve the use of psilocybin to treat depression sometime in the next two years .

But cities and states are far ahead of the federal government. There are movements in more than two dozen states to either investigate, decriminalize, or fully legalize shrooms and other psychedelics. With many veterans as the face of the movement, it takes place in blue states like California, New York, and Vermont, and red states like Utah, Kansas, and Florida.

The epicenter of this movement, as was the case with the legalization of cannabis, is Colorado, where voters in November will decide whether to approve the Natural Medicine Health Act of 2022, which would create state-regulated “healing centers” where anyone over the age of 21 Psilocybin-assisted therapy.

It’s safe to say that we’re on the cusp of a new frontier in drug legalization, and for the next few years psychedelics will be as readily available in cities and states across the country as they are right now in DC and most politicians like you haven’t even started to think about what their position on the matter should be.

On this week’s episode of Playbook Deep Dive, Ryan traveled to Littleton, Colorado and sat down with Veronica Lightning Horse Perez, co-leader of the Colorado Mushroom Campaign. They talked about how psychedelics have helped treat their mental health issues, what it’s like to undergo psychedelic therapy using mushrooms and ayahuasca, and their own journey to becoming the unlikely political activist at the forefront of mushroom legalization.


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