The topic of psychedelics and the hazy area surrounding them has been a hot topic for the past 80 years, but especially in the past few months. Back in November, Oregon decided to legalize psilocybin mushrooms and decriminalizes all drugs.

Most of us probably think of hippies or the 1960s when we think of drugs like mushrooms or acids. While that notion is halfway true, there is another side of those substances that are being explored. 

Now, research is being done to test the benefits of these substances.

You may have noticed people on TikTok documenting their experiences micro-dosing mushrooms for various issues, such as depression or anxiety. The idea of these drugs working to help with various illnesses isn’t a new concept; it’s just new to Western culture. 

For people who are trying to find a way to cope with their mental illness or people who are tired of using pharmaceutics, this could be a huge deal. 

Many people who treat their illness with pharmaceuticals report feeling groggy or numb all the time, though their anxiety or depression has improved. This seems like a lose-win situation that could be fixed. 

Especially during this pandemic, I think everyone is trying anything they can to get out of a rut or relax their mind in some way. For some people, going on a “trip” is the way to do that.

From what I have gathered, people who take psychedelics gain a new form of perspective when they come off the high. This is one of the positives that is seen in the research. 

There is something called an “ego death,” which means someone loses a sense of self and can detach from daily problems, like anxiety or depression.

Because of this detachment, it allows someone to become more relaxed and less concerned with everything going on around them. This may sound scary to the average person, but for someone who struggles with worrying about everything all of the time, this is a dream. 

I think many people are worried about what happens if people are prescribed psychedelics. They could just go home and take all of it right there, which wouldn’t be beneficial. 

However, the same could be said for highly addictive anxiety medication. The solution is to start out in monitored areas while dosing.

For example, a patient could go to their doctor’s office in the beginning and get their daily or weekly dose of mushrooms, be monitored for a little bit, then be released when everything seems to be fine. The only problem currently in the way is the decriminalization of all drugs.

Although psychedelics mushrooms are legalized in the state of Oregon, they aren’t legalized in other states, and especially federally. 

Technically, if a dispensary selling psychedelics was busted by a federal agency, they could go to jail. This creates a hostile environment in exploring all of the options these substances provide. 

Marijuana isn’t even legalized in all states yet. In some, it is still classified on the same level as heroin or cocaine. This is odd to me considering there are no legal cases where someone who has taken marijuana has hurt anyone, whereas the same can’t be said for alcohol, which is legal. 

Depression is a serious issue; millions of Americans suffer from it. Often times, it doesn’t go away and the need for medicine lasts a lifetime. This causes a reliance, sometimes unhealthy. No one wants to be on medication their entire lives. 

Medication is made by scientists in a lab. Mushrooms are a substance that are grown naturally. Sometimes, not always, natural is better. 

I’m not saying to toss out your meds and do a free for all; you should definitely listen to your doctor. However, we as a society are very reliant on medication and are instant relief based—focusing on the now instead of the long term. 

Psychedelics are still a taboo topic in some communities, but hopefully over time, the conversation becomes louder. Although research is still in progress for these substances, I hope that real progress is made in order to help people overcome their issues naturally.