• Psychedelics-assisted psychotherapy in

    California

    Despite the huge therapeutic potential, psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy is not part of standard medical care yet. Self-medicating with psychedelics can produce undesired results, but despite that, more and more people feel disappointed with the efficacy of the current treatments and they turn to risky, but potentially more beneficial psychedelic-assisted therapy. The goal of this guide is harm reduction for people, who decided to self-medicate, we don’t encourage possession or consumption of illicit substances even for therapeutic endeavours.

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Legal status of psychedelics in California

The cultivation of any spores or mycelium for growing mushrooms or other material containing psilocybin or psilocyn, if performed with the purpose of producing psilocybin or psilocyn, is classified as an alternate felony-misdemeanor or “wobbler” under California law.

An individual suspected of illegal mushroom cultivation may face a felony arrest and conviction, with a penalty of up to three years in state prison depending on the circumstances.

Possession of any “material, compound, mixture, or preparation” containing psilocyn or psilocybin is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in county jail unless the individual has some aggravating “priors,” according to Health and Safety Code Section 11377.

Most busts involving magic mushrooms occur under state law (unless they’re in incredibly large quantities), and most states forbid their possession. However, in recent years, cities and states have started to reconsider their mushroom policies. Denver became the first city in the United States to decriminalize magic mushrooms in 2019. Santa Cruz and Oakland, California, were the next cities to follow suit.

Anyone charged with personal use, possession for personal use, or transportation for the personal use of a controlled substance in California may be eligible for drug treatment rather than imprisonment. Qualifying offenders convicted of nonviolent drug abuse charges, as specified in Penal Code 1210, must be granted probation as an alternative to incarceration.

Psilocybe spores are illegal in California.

Changes in the policy

Senator Scott Wiener of California introduced a bill (SB-519) in 2021 that would decriminalize a variety of psychedelic drugs and allow, in some cases, the sharing of psychedelic substances for no monetary benefit in the form of therapy or other spiritual activities. The bill has a long way to go before becoming law, and even if it does, it may be changed.

The safest way to obtain psychedelics in California

Festivals and concerts are the best places to go for psychedelics. The majority of the dealers can be recognized by their appearance and you can test the drugs in the harm reduction tent.  If you’re looking for the shrooms in the wild, don’t bother. You don’t have enough experience to stay alive, as shown by the fact that you are looking for information here. These mushrooms’ lookalikes are deadly and much more popular than the ones you like.

Harm reduction

Other medication

Many people who want to try magic mushrooms are still on medication and want to know if it’s possible to mix their medication with psychedelics. While psilocybin has been shown to effectively treat depression and a variety of other mental health conditions, some antidepressant drugs can interact with the substance in a dangerous or undesirable way.

Interactions between Psilocybin and other medication

Antidepressant drugs may block the therapeutic effects of Psilocybin. If you are on antidepressants, you need to ask your health provider to help you stop taking them before considering psychedelics. SSRIs function by preventing excess serotonin from being cleared from the brain, resulting in a temporary increase in serotonin levels. Although it has been hypothesized that this may contribute to serotonin syndrome in extreme situations, such risks can be reduced with appropriate guidance and medical supervision.  Most common SSRIs are:

  • Citalopram (Celexa, Cipramil)
  • Escitalopram (Lexapro, Cipralex)
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem)
  • Fluvoxamine (Luvox, Faverin)
  • Paroxetine (Paxil, Seroxat)
  • Sertraline (Zoloft, Lustral)

Health conditions that psilocybin may worsen

At first, the findings revealed that people who had used psychedelic drugs were more likely to have mental health issues. However, the researchers took into account a variety of variables that may have influenced the findings, including the participants’ age, gender, and their experience with any highly stressful life event, all of which may influence the likelihood of mental health problems. When those factors were taken into account, the researchers found that people who had used psychedelics were no more likely to develop mental health problems than those who hadn’t used the drugs.

However, it’s not advisable to use psychedelics if you or your family members had psychotic symptoms.

Read the harm reduction guide, if you consider obtaining illicit substances.

Dosage
Mushrooms in non-clinical settings are typically eaten orally, either as dried caps and stems or steeped in hot water and drunk as a tea, with a typical dose of 1-2.5 grams, though potency varies depending on the volume. Fresh mushrooms are usually less active than dried mushrooms. There is virtually no chance of accidental deadly overdose with psilocybin mushrooms.

Johns Hopkins study found Psilocybin dosage sweet spot for positive and lasting effects

Researchers found that as higher doses of chemically pure psilocybin were administered, the recorded positive effects increased, but there was also a sharp rise in the negative effects at the very highest dose, which was perhaps unsurprising. At the maximum dose (30 mg/70 kg, p.o. – meaning “per oral” or “by mouth”), 78 percent of the volunteers recorded one of the top five most spiritually important events of their lives, but those experiencing anxiety, stress, and fear episodes increased sixfold, resulting in about a third of those in the study showing signs of psychological distress.

By contrast, only one of the volunteers receiving the second-highest dose (20mg/70 kg, p.o.) reported having negative issues, and all benefited from positive experiences, although with less intensity than at the highest dose. Critically, even the lowest amount used in the study resulted in notable and long-lasting positive changes in the attitudes, behavior, overall satisfaction and spiritual beliefs of the subjects during the period of study. These changes were also noticed by family members and friends.

Psilocybe cubensis

The concentrations of psilocin and psilocybin, as determined by high-performance liquid chromatography, are in the range of 0.14–0.42% and 0.37–1.30% (dry weight) in the whole mushroom, 0.17–0.78%, and 0.44–1.35% in the cap, and 0.09 and 0.30%/0.05–1.27% in the stem, respectively.

Psychedelics-assisted psychotherapy in California

For several years, California has been at the forefront of psychedelic policy reform. In 2019, Oakland became the first city in the country to decriminalize a wide variety of psychedelics, including psilocybin mushrooms and ayahuasca. “It’s time to take a health and science-oriented approach to drugs & step away from knee-jerk criminalization,” State Senator Scott Wiener tweeted on November 15, 2020. Psychedelics have medicinal value and should not be prohibited. As a result, when the Legislature reconvenes, we’ll try to make their use legal.”