Psilocybin service centers’ won’t be drive-through places where mechanics check the enchantment pressure of your psychedelic stash. Come 2023, they will be distribution centers for psilocybin as mandated under Oregon’s Ballot Measure 109, passed by popular vote in November of 2020. They may also be where psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy is given. 

Impressed by a body of studies showing a benefit to psilocybin-assisted therapy for a range of addiction and mental health problems, an advocacy group founded by two psychotherapists put on Oregon’s November 2020 ballot a remarkable proposal. 

Ballot Measure 109 required the state to establish a system through which psilocybin can safely be given to adults as part of supervised, supportive mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Four and a half months after the voters approved that measure as well as one decriminalizing the noncommercial, personal possession of any drug, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown announced the names of the advisory board members who will work with the Oregon Health Authority to develop a network of psilocybin service centers.

Governor Brown’s March 16, 2021, announcement put Oregon on its way to taking advantage of a once disgraced psychedelic compound that has been used therapeutically and sacramentally since before recorded history

Even today psilocybin is popular in America, though its use, like the use of all psychedelics, is largely sub rosa. In 2013, researchers extrapolating from 2010 survey data of nearly 58,000 adults between the ages of 21 and 64 suggestedthat about 32 million American adults had used a psychedelic at some point in their lives.

This number included roughly 17 percent of people aged 21 to 64. As reported in 2018 in the peer-reviewed journal Pharmacology and Therapeuticsby researchers at Johns Hopkins University and at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, LSD was at that time the most popular psychedelic in America, with psilocybin and mescaline/peyote ranking behind it.

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