A single dose of psilocybin, the active ingredient of magic mushrooms, can lift the anxiety and depression experienced by people with advanced cancer for six months or even longer, two new studies show… The volunteers had “profoundly meaningful and spiritual experiences” which made most of them rethink life and death, ended their despair and brought about lasting improvement in the quality of their lives.
After I finished reading this article, something clicked for me. Not just the direct impact this could have on those who face depression, cancer, severe mental health crises, or diseases like Bipolarism. It wasn’t the benefits this could hold for the medical field or the human race in general. I recognized all those things during my reading, not after.
When I finished reading the article the thing that clicked for me was all of the years that this research could have taken place but didn’t because of the “war on drugs.” A war on the minorities, scientists, and humans of the Americas. A war started by Nixon and propagated during the Reagan era. I thought about how this knowledge that will likely lead to a treatment for one of the most widespread diseases in the United States, depression, has been suppressed for almost half a century. I was sickened, infuriated, and revolted.
It was here I remembered that we are entering Reagan era 2.0 on the 20th of January 2017. I think I need some Psilocybin.