“Psychedelic therapy can be such a dramatic experience, akin to a major life event like visiting another culture or falling in love,” Dr. Matthew Johnson, the Susan Hill Ward Professor in Psychedelics and Consciousness at Johns Hopkins University.
To finally end the failed and harmful Drug War, and based upon polling released yesterday we are succeeding step by step, we need to breakthrough into the mainstream. We aren’t going to overcome decades of government propaganda and billions spent by the prison-industrial complex by just speaking to the choir, we have to meet people where they are at, especially key swing voting blocs. Not to stereotype anyone, but it doesn’t get much more mainstream, Middle America than Good Housekeeping, one of the top ten most circulated magazines in America. While print magazines are certainly waning in effectiveness, Good Housekeeping reaches people that are very likely to vote. The Good Housekeeping Institute founded the magazine 136 years ago, focusing on recipes, diet, and health, as well as literary articles. Today, I found it rather remarkable to see that Good Housekeeping had posted an article detailing the medicinal benefits of psychedelics in a piece titled, “Are Psychedelics the Next Big Cure?”:
“Psychedelic medicines, which also include peyote, ayahuasca and sometimes also MDMA (a.k.a. the “love drug” ecstasy or Molly), are increasingly being studied in reputable universities for a variety of ills. More than a hundred studies are currently listed on the government’s clinical trials website for psilocybin and LSD, and where it was once hard to recruit people to participate, researchers say folks are eagerly raising their hands.
“The reason: studies that have been completed, while preliminary, have been nothing short of amazing. For depression, anxiety, addictions and eating disorders, ‘people who have suffered for decades have made substantial change after this treatment,’ generally after just one to three doses in a supportive setting, says Natalie Gukasyan, M.D., medical director of the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. And these shifts seem to be lasting.
“Even healthy people may feel better when they use a psychedelics under controlled conditions. Anxiety decreased and positive affect increased a month after a dozen people took psilocybin in a controlled laboratory setting. A small group of people taking LSD similarly reported an increase in optimism, British researchers found. And a review Aday published last year found many who’ve tried psilocybin say they feel more connected, more spiritual and emotionally upbeat.”
The entire article by Meryl Davids Landau is definitely worth reading as it includes interesting testimonials and great insight from professionals, including Johns Hopkins Professor Dr. Matthew Johnson. The balanced overview notes that people should exercise caution, especially since non-clinical study use remains illegal in most instances, although recognizing that Oregon will be the first step to allow for regulated therapeutic psilocybin treatments once the state finishes up rules. With a supermajority of Americans understanding that the Drug War has failed, two-thirds wanting to decriminalize drug possession, and new evidence of psychedelic medicine’s potential, it’s only a matter of time before the War on Drugs crumbles. As trivial as some may think it is, the truth emerging in middle-of-the-road mainstream publications like Good Housekeeping is an important piece of the puzzle to dismantling the futile war our nation has waged against its own citizens for far too long.
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