WESTBROOK, Maine (WMTW) — Maine lawmakers held their first public hearing Tuesday to consider legalizing psilocybin, a psychedelic drug best known to occur naturally in “magic mushrooms,” for limited medical purposes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration named psilocybin a breakthrough treatment for drug-resistant depression in 2018 and major depressive disorder in 2019. Psilocybin is the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms, but can also come in pill form. Maine`s laws are similar to most other state laws on magic mushrooms. Psilocybin, the active alkaloid, is illegal, but lawmakers are considering a bill that could change that. Maine has not yet banned citizens from buying or possessing magic mushroom spores because they do not contain psilocybin, but it is illegal to grow them into mushrooms. This law is similar to Measure 109, the bill that legalized mushrooms in Oregon so that people can obtain mushrooms from a licensed psilocybin service provider. Laws change rapidly because researchers discover the fantastic healing properties of mushrooms. Not everyone is ready to give mushrooms the green light. In written testimony in February before the Maine Joint Legislative Committee, which oversaw health and social services and was considering a measure to legalize psilocybin, Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the state`s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, warned that there are not yet enough recognized medical standards to ensure psilocybin`s safe use. This article reviews the basics of psychedelic mushrooms, proposed laws in Maine, current laws for popular psychedelics, and the benefits they offer.
Proponents of psychedelic mushrooms say they can be an effective treatment for depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Some U.S. cities have also decriminalized psilocybin. Denver was the first city to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms in 2019, followed by Oakland and Santa Cruz in California. Detroit voters voted to decriminalize mushrooms in November. But in 2019, she came across a “60 Minutes” clinical trials report that showed very encouraging results when using psilocybin, a psychedelic agent made from mushrooms, to treat patients with depression, anxiety, and addiction. Outside of studies, the treatment was not available in the United States, where psilocybin remains illegal under federal law. Jones booked a week-long stay at a Jamaican retreat. There, she underwent three supervised psychedelic mushroom sessions, followed by sessions with “presenters” on the island, and spent months alone at home in Tacoma, Washington, unravelling the psychedelic journeys she had experienced. Three people who used psilocybin mushrooms as part of their therapy shared their experiences last month with the Maine Sunday Telegram, which agreed not to identify them because they feared prosecution.
Magic mushrooms are a type of mushroom that contains large amounts of psilocybin, an alkaloid that causes hallucinations and auditory distortions. That hallucinogenic trip, and how he then unpacked it, he said, “was one of the most important experiences of my life,” he said. Since then, he has traveled abroad four or five times for hallucinogenic trips, most recently with mushrooms. You can find several species of magic mushrooms such as Psilocybe caerulipes, Psilocybe semilanceata, and maybe even Psilocybe baeocystis. Washington State Democratic Senator Jesse Salomon this year backed a bill that would have established a regulatory system like Oregon`s. It reportedly adopted standards for mushroom cultivation and psilocybin processing, as well as licensing centers and vendors who would administer the drugs to patients. AUGUSTA, Maine — The director of the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opposes the legalization of psilocybin mushrooms to treat depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Research on psilocybin is growing more than ever, and several ongoing studies show the many ways mushrooms can help.