Nevada Lawmakers Propose Legalizing the Use of Psychedelic Mushrooms for Some
A Senate bill proposing the legalization of psychedelic fungi, also known as “magic mushrooms,” was passed by a Senate committee last month. The bill - Senate Bill 242 - proposes the decriminalization of psychedelic mushrooms for those taking part in a study aiming to evaluate their psychological benefits. The study will include individuals suffering from conditions such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Currently, the use of shrooms and other psychedelics is illegal in Nevada.
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What Are “Magic Mushrooms?”
Hallucinogenic fungi or “magic mushrooms” are naturally occurring and consumed for their hallucinogenic effects. Although they look like ordinary mushrooms, “shrooms” are psychedelic drugs, meaning they can affect all of the individual’s senses and alter a person’s sense of time, emotions, and thought processes.
The key ingredient in hallucinogenic fungi is psilocybin, which, when taken, is converted in the body to psilocin, a chemical that has psychoactive properties. The effects can be felt in about 30 minutes and last anywhere from three to six hours, with the strongest effects being felt during the first three to four hours.
The Mental Health Benefits of Psychedelic Mushrooms
In recent years, there has been a surge in research into the mental health benefits of shrooms. As a result, researchers have begun to compile mounting evidence that, when given in controlled conditions under medical supervision, psilocybin may be effective in managing a wide range of mental health disorders.
Hallucinogenic mushrooms may treat anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. In fact, in 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration named psilocybin as a breakthrough in the treatment of severe depression. Evidence is also showing magic mushrooms may effectively treat alcohol and drug disorders, nicotine addiction, Alzheimer’s disease, and eating disorders.
Senate Bill 242
Introduced by Democratic state Senators Fabian Donate and Rochelle Nguyen, SD242 would allow a research facility to conduct studies on the psychological and medical benefits of the use of psilocybin. The bill would decriminalize the possession and use of psychedelic mushrooms for those 18 years old and over participating in the approved study. Those in charge of the study aim to examine the use of hallucinogenic fungi as an effective medical treatment for those struggling with mental health issues.
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