Today is 9/20 (according to the absurd dating system used in the United States). In the psychedelic community, today is Psilocybin Mushroom Day and it is used to raise awareness of the significance of psilocybin.
Psilocybin is the primary psychedelic component in psilocybin mushrooms (sometimes called ‘magic’ mushrooms). Psilocybin is non-toxic (i.e. not poisonous) and non-addictive (i.e. does not cause changes that create physiological dependence, unlike sugar, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol).
It is also psychoactive (i.e. it has an effect upon the mind), just like many other drugs both illegal (e.g. cannabis, MDMA, cocaine, heroin) and legal (e.g. caffeine, sugar, alcohol, anti-depressants, prescription pain-killers).
It is also visionary, i.e. it gives rise to ‘visions’ in consciousness, often of a deeply personal or spiritual nature. For this reason psilocybin has been used for over 5,000 years for healing and in religious ceremonies by humans in many parts of the world.
Since the 1950s, scientific trials into the medicinal value of psilocybin have shown, again and again, that psilocybin is an extremely powerful agent in the treatment of many of the most severe mental health problems facing humanity today, including: depression, addiction (e.g. alcohol and nicotine), and anxiety in terminally ill patients.
Very few people today are not directly or indirectly affected by at least one of these issues, and those who experience suffering due to these conditions, or whose loved ones suffer, deserve to be offered effective treatment options like psilocybin-assisted therapy.
Yet psilocybin is a legally prohibited substance: most of us who use it either personally or professionally for spiritual and/or medical purposes are criminalized and face severe legal punishments if caught.
Even more distressingly, research into the medicinal and therapeutic value of psilocybin is heavily restricted and in most parts of the world it was until recently essentially impossible.
None of this is new information. People have been trying to raise awareness about the significant value that psychedelic compounds like psilocybin may have for medicine and human society; yet, advocates for psychedelic research and controlled psychedelic use are stigmatized, ridiculed, ignored, demonized, professionally ostracized, and sometimes criminally prosecuted.
The legal situtation surrounding psychedelics is not a joke: this is not a trivial matter. It is a matter of human rights: it is a matter of religious freedom; it is a matter of the humane treatment of the sick.
This situation will only change when enough people actively care more about alleviating human suffering using scientifically proven techniques than they passively care about maintaining the status quo by adhering to unquestioned cultural assumptions and uncritically accepting unscientific propaganda about psychedelics.
Watch these short videos of volunteers in psilocybin trials into the treatment of depression and anxiety in terminally ill cancer patients speaking about the radical transformation they experienced and seriously consider the question:
‘Why is this treatment not legally available to me and my loved ones?’
How many people in your life have suffered and are still suffering needlessly, when safe treatments like this exist, are known about, and yet are illegal?
To find out more about the current state of psychedelic research, visit the websites of:
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) – www.maps.org
The Heffter Research Institute – www.heffter.org
The Beckley Foundation – www.beckleyfoundation.org
The OPEN Foundation – www.stichtingopen.nl
Also, search online to see if their are any psychedelic advocacy groups in your area, such as the Psychedelic Societies:
The Psychedelic Society of Ireland – http://www.psysocire.com/
The Psychedelic Society – https://psychedelicsociety.org.uk/
Psychedelic Society of the Netherlands – http://www.psychedelicsocietynl.org/
Anyone in Ireland who wants to learn more should come along this evening to the Psychedelic Society of Ireland’s 9/20 celebration in Dublin: