Salem, a town famous for its witch trials in the 17th century, is creating a new reputation for itself by stopping the modern day witch hunt. As of this month, Salem has ended arrests over psilocybin mushrooms, Spotlight Psychedelic Reports. It is now the sixth city in Massachusetts to do so, after the city council voted 9-0 in support of the measure. Psilocybin is understood to be perhaps one of the safest drugs of all. Results published in Journal of Psychopharmacology Share that only 0.2% of magic mushroom users sought emergency medical attention after use. For those who had a bad experience, it was a negative psychological trip (bad trip) that resolved within 24 hours. Additionally, you cannot die from a physical overdose of psilocybin. (relatively, WHO reports 3 million deaths annually are caused by the destructive use of alcohol, which is 5.3% of all deaths.)
The passage of the Salem Scale comes after the FDA designated psilocybin as a “breakthrough treatment” for depression. “This is a victory for science and the ramified neurological community to advance life-saving research on the complex inner workings of our brains,” said Salem resident and neuroscientist Miyabi Shields. Spotlight Psychedelic Reports.
As many people know (According to Columbia Universityone in 10 Americans has depression), standard treatment for depression, medications such as SSRIs and SNRIs, only improve symptoms in about 20 out of 100 people, data from National Library of Medicine Offers. Anesthetic options such as psilocybin Ketamine It is an actual life saver for many people who do not respond to conventional medications. In addition, while medications such as SSRIs take several weeks to produce results, narcotics can reduce depression in a matter of hours. Speaking of measure, as Spotlight Psychedelic Reports, disabled Marine Corp veteran Michael Botelho, an active organizer with both the Bay Staters and New England Veterans for Plant Medicine who served in combat during the Gulf War, shares the following: “Through the VA system, more than 160 drugs were prescribed, Including opioids, for dealing with PTSD before psilocybin mushrooms were found. For the first time in nearly 25 years, I was able to sleep, overcome my opioid addiction, and function again.” Certainly, more New Englanders suffering from depression will feel comfortable using psychedelic treatments now that the threat of arrest is off the table.
Additionally, research shows that psilocybin has an influential role in the harm reduction movement. A study of 44,000 Americans in the American Journal of Psychopharmacology discovered that psilocybin is associated with 40% reduce risk People with opioid addiction. Data appears from the CDC That opioids were implicated in 68,630 overdose deaths in 2020 (74.8% of all drug overdose deaths). This powerful property of psilocybin has gained the Salem Scale a surprising supporter. You don’t have to turn off NWA’s “Fuck The Police,” but know that Lucas Miller, the city’s chief of police, endorsed the measure before the city’s final vote. “Indications that psilocybin could be beneficial for opioid addiction is something that should not be ignored. We lose about 20 people in Salem annually to opioid overdose,” says Miller. Spotlight Psychedelic Reports.
Salem may be the sixth Massachusetts city to end arrests over psilocybin mushrooms, but it won’t be the last.
The grassroots group that deserves credit for successfully carrying out the campaign, which has been years in the making, By Staters Natural Medicine, partnered with Somerville, Cambridge, Northampton, Easthampton and Amherst to pass similar measures. In addition, the organization is currently advancing state legislation, which includes Law relating to botany which would legalize home cultivation and the participation of psilocybin and related plants.