Clackamas County voter: Psilocybin opt-out drives are discouraging
I began studying to become a psilocybin facilitator with the hope that I could help make medicinal mushrooms available to rural Oregonians in their own communities. Making time to take control of your mental health is difficult in and of itself. Add finding a therapist in the city and dealing with traffic, parking, and car prowlers, it's easier not to seek professional help.
The rules from the Oregon Health Authority on psilocybin (still in draft form) allow for the expansion of mental health resources in communities large and small, so it is discouraging to see so many rural counties and towns encouraging voters to opt-out.
Studies are showing that psilocybin can dramatically decrease the grip that depression, anxiety and PTSD have on someone. There are even several small studies showing a 60% success rate in stopping smoking (nicotine patches and gum, by comparison, have a 4% success rate). These are long-term cures, too.
Ah, but that is the rub. Psilocybin isn't the cure. Nor is the "magic" in magic mushrooms the psychic trip. Rather, it's the real ability to integrate your psychic lessons into your life afterwards. It's even more magical when a community — be it family, friends, neighbors — is fully supportive in helping integrate those lessons, breaking patterns previously thought unbreakable.
So maybe the good to come from this opt-out vote is that it's not about questioning the science of psilocybin as therapy, it's questioning whether we will be a supportive community for those that are ready for this medicine.
A "no" vote keeps the voter approved psilocybin therapy program intact for implementation in January 2023.
Scott Yelton helps manage a family farm in Beavercreek. He is currently attending InnerTrek, a psilocybin facilitator training program, with plans to be licensed in spring 2023.
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