Florida legislator pushes to decriminalize magic mushrooms over health benefits

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Florida legislator pushes to decriminalize magic mushrooms over health benefits

Psilocybin, a psychoactive and hallucinogen, is found in magic mushrooms, which are cultivated naturally.

Hallucinogenic Mushrooms: They are popularly known for tripping or getting high. But there's also clinical research on psychedelics and whether or not they could help with the psychological states.

In Florida, there is currently a movement to decriminalize and legalize the use of magic mushrooms.

Some people at home are reading this and already thinking: Are these crazy, magic mushrooms? Could the drugs have health benefits?

However, the FDA is looking into it and has designated some studies as a breakthrough therapy. There are currently eight clinical trials in the United States, one of which is in Lauderhill.

One in five adults struggles with mental health problems, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Robert Roundtree, 40, is one of them. He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Night terrors are a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder. Nightmares all the time. Panic attacks. Wanting to stay indoors a lot and not socialize, Roundtree said.

Roundtree says his PTSD stems from a trauma involving a child and being robbed at gunpoint. A single father of one and a United States Navy veteran says he has tried multiple legal therapies to treat his conditions. But the foremost successful treatment, he claims, has been magic mushrooms.


Sometimes I can take about half a gram, he said.

Psilocybin, a psychoactive and hallucinogen, is found in magic mushrooms, which are cultivated naturally.

It also aids me in determining the source of my pain and, as a result, the things I've made sure I'm hanging on to that are causing me problems in my life, maybe she says. even causing self-destructive behaviors, Roundtree said.

But magic mushrooms are illegal in Florida. They are in the same class of drugs as heroin, methamphetamine, and ketamine.

A state legislator wants to vary that by legalizing psilocybin, also referred to as psychedelics.

When people think of psychedelics, they think of stumbling and LSD-addicted hippies. That is not the case, according to Michael Grieco, a Democratic State Representative.

Last month, Grieco introduced the Florida Psilocybin psychological state Act. If approved, it would allow state-sponsored clinics to administer psilocybin to patients suffering from disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and addiction.

Grieco elaborated. It's not about having a peaceful time. It all comes down to microdosing. It's about doing it clinically and in a very controlled safe medical environment where people use it as a treatment.

There is already research on the use of penis envy mushroom as medicine. And there are currently clinical trials studying the consequences.

Dustin Robinson is the co-founder of a nonprofit organization behind the push to legalize psychedelics.


He claims that it is a matter of human rights to some degree. However, we are already experiencing a mental health crisis. Before the pandemic, we were in a crisis. Now, we are in an even worse crisis.

The National Alliance on Mental Health Diseases calls Florida's mental health crisis an epidemic. The N.A.M.I. reports that 660,000 adults and 181,000 children are living with serious mental illness in Florida. But the state ranks 49th in mental health programs, spending $ 37.28 28 cents per person last year.

Doctors like Michelle Weiner, who already use some legal psychedelics as therapy, say it is time to start considering alternatives to traditional medicine.

“It tempers our micro-doing narrative. Our story about ourselves. It helps us dissolve our ego and has many antidepressant effects, "Weiner said.

Magic mushrooms are generally ingested by mouth. Its effects last up to six hours.

People like Roundtree are looking forward to the day when they will be able to use them legally and according to the rules.

Roundtree said It gives me enough of a mood boost to feel specialized a little more clarity of mind.

Oregon is the only state that legalizes magic mushrooms. On Wednesday, February 17, the town of Hallandale will consider a resolution to support Grieco's magic mushrooms to legalize psychedelic.


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