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YoshidaYui's Journal
YoshidaYui's Journal
October 29, 2023

Effects of psychedelics like magic mushrooms can last for days or weeks, new research finds

After an off-duty Alaska Airlines pilot accused of trying to bring down a plane midflight said he had consumed “magic mushrooms” before boarding, psychedelic researchers say the event should be a cautionary tale, especially for people who think they might be able to overcome a tenacious mental illness by taking a psychedelic drug on their own.

Over the last five years, research on psychedelic drugs as part of a therapy for mental conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and addiction has exploded. Early study results have been so promising that the Food and Drug Administration issued draft guidance in June for designing clinical trials for psychedelic drugs, including MDMA and psilocybin, for mood, anxiety and substance use disorders.

It’s unclear whether the off-duty pilot Joseph Emerson, 44, who told authorities after his failed attempt to shut off the plane's engines that he had struggled with depression, was trying to self-medicate by taking psilocybin, the active component in magic mushrooms.

Yet as states consider legalizing or decriminalizing psilocybin —clinics in Oregon began offering psilocybin therapy this summer and Colorado voters approved legalization in 2022 — some psychedelic researchers worry the dangers are being overlooked.

“I’ve been following the growing momentum behind decriminalization and waiting for a headline like this to pop up,” said Dr. Joshua Siegel, a psychiatrist with the program in psychedelics research at Washington University in St. Louis. “Hopefully, this will lead to a rational conversation about the benefits and risks.”


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Name: Yoshida Yui
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Japanese/Hawaiian native- born in San Francisco. Dean Democrat. Previous student in Asian Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. Yoshida family originally from Miyazaki Japan. Liliko'i family from the big Island of Hawaii, Buddhist: Jodo Shu ("The Pure Land School"). Cannabis User (Medical).Asian music lover! favorite band: D'ESPAIRSRAY, SONG : Yamini furu Kiseki ! On twitter: @yuiyoshida1987. Favorite movie of all time:Shin Godzilla. Favorite Game: Monster Hunter Word: Iceborne. PLAYING now: Ghost of Tsushima -- by birthright I am an Onna Bugeshia! Faito!! Ganbarimasu.

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