5 reasons why Psilocybin might be the next legal drug to hit the market

Published Dec 24, 2019 01:00 p.m. ET
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Psilocybin also known as shrooms or magic mushrooms are the latest hot topic among consumers, health practitioners, and the government since the federal legalization of cannabis. Everyone who was worried about the release of the so-called dangerous plant can rest assured that their concerns are unfounded and disproven, but not many are just as if not more concerned about the possibility of psilocybin hitting store shelves in the near future.

If this comes as a shock to you, then it might be time to check out some of the latest findings from researchers who are pushing for legalization of the drug, as it seems, that we are slowly proving that shrooms can be just as, if not more, beneficial than medical marijuana in certain circumstances. This is yet another example of government intervention between consumers and their right to choose what they ingest proving detrimental, which is why we thought we would highlight five reasons why some people think psilocybin will gain legal status soon.

1. It’s a whole lot of fun

Though Psilocybin has been illegal for quite some time now, many consumers still gain access to them through black market sources, just as they did, and sometimes still do with cannabis. Those who have tried them say that it’s a really fun experience that nearly always leaves them feeling better than they did before they’ve tried the illicit goods.

2. Shrooms can benefit mental health

Most people now know that cannabis can be an excellent aid for sufferers of mental health issues, and the evidence that we have to look at so far suggests that Psilocybin can offer all of that and more. The research shows that shrooms can help to sooth patients in different states of disease and mental illness, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, mood swings, and addiction to other substances like alcohol or tobacco.

3. Psilocybin is not addictive

The very first problem that comes to mind when most people think of any kind of drugs is the possibility of a lifelong addiction, especially in a time where we are so immersed in an opioid epidemic of severe proportions, but as far as we can tell, shrooms are not addictive at all.

In fact, in many cases, they have helped patients to stop taking other legal substances like tobacco, pain killers, and alcohol, which means they are addiction fighters rather than a potential element to add to the list of dangerous drugs.

4. Magic mushrooms are safer than alcohol

Have you ever gone out on a glorious night of drinking, only to find yourself face first in a toilet the next morning as you lose the contents of what seems like everything that you could have possibly eaten the day prior? There is a reason for that, and it’s because alcohol is a man-made substance that is toxic to the human body, so those potent effects that you enjoyed so much, are the results of poisoning, and how your body reacts to it.

Psilocybin, like many wild mushrooms, come with risk if they aren’t dried enough, as they too use a naturally occurring toxin to send you on a trip, but they don’t often come with any of the adverse possibilities like alcohol, which kills hundreds of people every single year.

5. Psilocybin offers a psychedelic trip unlike any other legal substance

If you have enjoyed a toke or an edible in the past, then you probably already know that the soothing qualities can leave you feeling a bit out of this world, but it isn’t ever going to put you in a position where you might hallucinate, or truly feel like you are somewhere else.

Alcohol is the very same way, as it offers a reduction of ambition, with a cost to the body that is hardly worthwhile, so why can’t we as people choose to try something that offers more? The psychedelic effects of shrooms can make you feel like you’ve gone to a whole other plane of existence, and relatively safely so, which is why so many consumers are calling for access to this fantastic recreational and medicinal option.

Even with the recreational possibilities set aside, there is absolutely no denying that this all-natural plant is capable of medicinal use, so regardless of your opinion on the subject, this shift is expected to move forward with rigor, especially after the warming success of cannabis legalization. It really seems like the only next logical step towards aligning our current law with morality, which is essential for the people to maintain faith in their government and the rules that they choose to enforce surrounding what we can, or can’t put into our body.

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