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Oregon's Psilocybin Process

Oregon's Measure 109 legalized Psilocybin in a model that isn't medical, but also isn't following the cannabis industry with dispensaries. Let's take a look at how it works. Please visit their website for full access to the information.

Here is the state's infographic on the process. What I want you to take away from this is .... it's not quick! This is for client's safety, but you won't be able to reach out and get in the same day.

The start to finish (growing to consuming) starts in the orange box and then continues in the upper section of this infographic.

I want to believe this is just a starting point for being the first state to legalize this Schedule I Federally illegal substance. With the war on drugs in the 1960's, I imagine it is difficult to develop a plan for progression when there is still so much stigma and indoctrination of programs like D.A.R.E. Some key differences someone may notice if they are familiar with underground consumption:

  • The mushrooms (aka "product") are tested. Part of this is for standardization. The hope is that dosing can be uniform. A client receiving 25mg should have a similar experience as 25mg for someone else.

  • Consumption MUST be done in a service center. I believe this was also for safety and a level of controlling adverse situations that would put the legalization process in jeopardy. This causes the model to feel clinical and create barriers due to cost and accessibility.

  • A licensed facilitator is required to be present for consumption to be considered legal. For centuries this has been performed by medicine people of tribes and shaman. Some have been doing this for decades in the underground market as well. This is not a new concept, but typically it hasn't been so formal or costly.

  • There are some safety features built in. Those at the highest risk of life threatening adverse effects are prohibited from consuming psilocybin legally. These risk factors are: consuming Lithium in the last 30 days, being actively desiring to harm oneself or others, and currently or historically experiencing psychosis. I will try to do a blog on why these are risk factors. Check back later!

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While indigenous people have been using psychedelic for time immoral, there is a resurgence in it's interest by Western culture and Oregon is the first state in the United States to legalize it.


This blog will be where I offer:

  • What Oregon's model looks like

  • The facilitator's role in psilocybin journeying

  • Risks and benefits of psilocybin journeying

  • Ethical conversations happening in this space

  • Supplying video, articles, and research for consideration

  • And more!

My lens is primarily through the social justice, harm reduction, and trauma informed perspective. I value integrity and transparency. I am in service to those who are marginalized, objectified, and oppressed on a daily basis. 

I do not claim to be an expert in this area. There are people who have been doing this work for a long time and are at the pulse of the movement. Please feel free to offer comments or additional insights in the comments! I just ask that you reflect on your offer of knowledge to see if it perpetuates harm to any culture, community, or individual and if it does that you refrain from sharing or ask for support on how to contribute without causing further harm. 

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