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It’s no secret that I love plants and advocate for plant healing! I don’t advocate for a system that uses prescriptions for drugs that cause immense side effects. You know how it goes, take this pill to treat this one thing, and the side effects of that one require a new prescription, and then the side effects of that one require another one…and before you know it- 7 prescriptions just masking the issues in the mind and body.
Plant healing for me started with food- I transitioned from meat eater to vegan, and in 2015 came Cannabis. Cannabis for me was like the brave soul that takes your hand and walks you up to the door. It gives the courage and bravery for you to finally want to see what’s in there, helps you acknowledge some of the work that needs to be done within, helps ease and prevent pain, helps treat anxiety and other mental health conditions, and a lot more.
It wasn’t until I got to the West that I realized the power of mushrooms- the magic ones. For me, magic mushrooms unlock that door that Cannabis walks us up to. They unlock the door and walk you into the room, which shows what awaits, on the other side of healing. And this is putting it mildly because, everything can’t be explained with words.
As a vegan, I’m familiar with the dopeness of mushrooms for overall nutrition. But it wasn’t until my time in California and Oregon that I discovered the beauty they are for the mind, body, and soul.
This piece is one of many, a series that I’ll be writing discussing my microdose experience with the psychedelic– psilocybin, found in magic mushrooms.. Before talking about my journey, I’ll be discussing basic 101 information on magic mushrooms. I believe information is important because like me before the west coast, I had no idea that magic mushrooms could be great, that they have healing properties, that they provide magical benefits to life!
I grew up in the south- Florida to be exact and so, that tells a lot about what they taught us about plant medicine. I am so happy to have left to learn the truth. Plant medicines have helped me through and with a lot; starting with migraines and journeying over to higher consciousness. My goal isn’t to push you to consume, it’s simply to talk to you about my experience, what I’ve learned, and how mushrooms have helped me.
It’s important for me to note that magic mushrooms (those with psilocybin or any class of psychedelics) remain illegal in America. There are states that have decriminalized and have legalized for supervised/assisted therapy- like Oregon; but at the federal level, they are illegal- like Cannabis.
I’ll leave you all with 5 Facts About Magic Mushrooms – psilocybin, and next week- I’ll be back with ways to consume (because not everyone wants to taste an uncooked- not seasoned mushroom), the way I consumed my first time, and my overall first time experience.
- There are over 100 strains/species of magic mushrooms/ psilocybin mushrooms.Think of it like Cannabis- there is Marijuana and Hemp… CBD and THC…. and between the 2- over 100 strains exist.
- Magic mushrooms/ psilocybin mushrooms are used in spiritual/ religious ceremonies in many parts of the world- and it’s legal to do so.
- Unlike the lies told by the government, psilocybin boosts the brain’s connectivity, according to an October 2014 study by King’s college in London.
- The drug policy alliance confirmed that Psilocybin is not considered to be addictive and also doesn’t cause compulsive use.
- Death caused by mushrooms are rare- even overdosing is rare- as confirmed by Recovery.org.
A quick side note- I am a student of the Microdose Movement course presented by The San Francisco Psychedelic Society, Cosmic Sister, The Microdosing Institute, and Flow State Micro. Not only am I writing from consumption experience but also from lessons and teachings of this course led by educators with 30+ years of collective knowledge and experience.
Tune in next week and beyond for more on plant medicines!
Written by: Veronica Castillo
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