Psilocybin Therapy Goes Mainstream
This is a historic year when voters will consider legalizing psilocybin therapy. In Fantastic Fungi (now available on Apple TV!) we get to see psilocybin therapy clinical trials.
One of the participants was Tony Head, who described the therapy this way:
“After the experience, I just looked at life differently. I wasn’t obsessed with dying or death. I was more just looking at life and really looking at how we as a world, as humanity can connect.”
Learn more about the research from this Fungi Day panel discussion…
Will 2020 Expand Psilocybin Therapy Clinical Trials?
First of all, activists have collected more than 164,000 signatures from voters in Oregon to ensure that the issue will be on the ballot this fall and psilocybin therapy clinical trials can expand.
Next, the state will vote on Initiative Petition 34 (IP 34) in November, a petition that would bring psilocybin therapy to Oregon “through a licensed, regulated system that supports and protects patients to get them the help they need” inside the Oregon Health Authority.
During Fungi Day earlier this year, Johns Hopkins University researcher Mary Cosimano explained what she learned after guiding many patients through psilocybin therapy.
“The one thing that I did come to believe for me is that our true nature is love,” she said. “Our true authentic nature is love. And by love, I mean connection. Connection to ourselves. To others. And to everything.”
One of the other participants described it this way:
“I had a profound and life-altering experience of universal connectedness, and deep love, witness, and a constant supporting presence. And that does sustain me to this day.”
A Psychedelic Renaissance
“We’re just at the beginning of a psychedelic renaissance, and the next few years should bring major changes in research, progress, and legalization,” writes health coach and wellness blogger Jenny Sansouci in her gripping new book, The Rebel’s Apothecary. “The budding research on psilocybin could completely revolutionize the way we approach mental health care.”
The book tells the story of her father’s fight against Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The Rebel’s Apothecary follows her family journey, taking the best from every field of medicine and reaching healing with the help of the earth.
Her father underwent a combination of chemotherapy and natural treatment, including cannabis and medicinal mushrooms. He is now healthy, strong, and advocates with his daughter as outspoken champions of the healing power of plant medicine and fungi.
The Rebel’s Apothecary is firm on one point: being a rebel doesn’t mean ignoring what works, and that includes mainstream healthcare. For Sansouci, being a rebel means thinking for yourself and incorporating natural tools into healing.
For the decade before her father’s diagnosis, Sansouci had been studying holistic wellness and training under some of the top names in integrative medicine. When she learned that her father was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, she dove into the world of mushrooms and their medicinal properties. “I committed to learning as much as I could about alternative methods for healing, and this plunge into inquiry ultimately led me to cannabis and medicinal mushrooms as the all-star players of his healing team,” she writes.
Early on in her journey, Sansouci struggled with bureaucratic red tape as well as initial resistance from the medical establishment. But armed with her education as a health coach and determination to save her father’s life, she quickly made a case for herself. Along the way, Sansouci discovered a vast history of people around the world using fungi for healing.
Working with the power of the Earth is absolutely fundamental to bringing about healing in natural systems.