A few years ago many of us may have been eliminated from a spelling bee when asked to spell “psilocybin.”
It may not be a household word quite yet, but debate over the use of magic mushrooms for the treatment of a variety of medical and psychological disorders is gaining increased attention in many health related professions www.nupepshrooms.com.
- Magic mushrooms or “shrooms” are a hallucinogen that alters thoughts and feelings.
- They are currently illegal in the United States on a federal level and only two cities, Denver, Colo., and Oakland, Calif., have decriminalized it for recreational use.
- No state has legalized magic mushrooms as a therapeutic treatment. Yet there are indications in the future that psilocybin-assisted therapy could be a viable approach to treating cancer, trauma, depression and addictions.
- But the sophistication of science and in-depth clinical trials continues to be necessary for regulatory approval.
- The therapeutic model being explored includes a preparatory session, a controlled environment with a trained therapist, and follow-up sessions.
- The “why” as to what it is in the brain that occurs to reduce symptoms, and increases a patient’s ability to have greater insight into their situation remains unclear.
- I have no ground to stand on to recommend this form of treatment, yet as a clinical psychologist it feels important to remain curious about all forms of alternative approaches.
I would describe myself as a “goody two shoes” when it comes to drugs and alcohol. The only time I have been high on pot was mistakenly eating delicious pot brownies. And sometimes I take one or two sips of wine before I feel a little off balance.
But at 65 I have been composing a bucket list and to my surprise I put the possibility of a short trip on “shrooms” as number 12 out of 12. There was no rush. Until my husband announced he could secure safe, high quality mushrooms nestled in a lollypop.
I like lollypops but certainly didn’t take the idea seriously.
- Until a stay-cation week at the holidays we broached the subject once again. My curiosity could be described as professional development. I wondered if it would be a direct trip to what one seeks in meditation practice.
- Where presence is the gold, acceptance is the polish, new insights become the decoration, and love embraces the journey. My adult children encouraged us.
- “Go for it!” I also believe that trying something new whenever possible keeps us more alive.