Growing up, I thought psychedelics were in the category of dangerous drugs. Addictive substances that I must avoid.
Michael Pollan’s How to Change Your Mind (book and Netflix series) opened my curiosity. However, I have a preference for things from nature over synthetics, so I was particularly interested in magic mushrooms, or mushrooms that contain psilocybin. Since late 2021, I’ve been able to try magic mushrooms, and they’ve definitely had a significant positive influence on my life. With a few sessions, I noticed improved confidence, much lower anxiety, and more openness to life and experiences.
Magic mushrooms are very powerful, so it is important to properly prepare before taking them [good reference YouTube video].
I’m glad that there are movements throughout the country to decriminalize psychedelics and make them more widely available to everyone. I think that they can be beneficial for many who need help processing emotions and making sense of life, particularly as the amount of information and emotions that we need to process each day continues to increase.