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Decriminalize Jackson

06/19/2024

Hello! 

And thank you for helping the movement! We seek to decriminalize and make available education and information regarding responsible, safe, and meaningful access to entheogenic plants and fungi for those seeking these as a path toward healing, exploration, or expanding of consciences. There are many ways you can help. Below you will find four different emails that can be sent to the city council members here in Jackson. Simply insert their name at the beginning and your name at the end. You are more than welcome to also share your personal story here. We deserve our right to nature and decriminalizing entheogenic plants will accomplish this! Our community needs to know!

 

Jackson County Commissioners to send the emails to: 

Ward 1 Arlene Robinson: arobinson@cityofjackson.org

Ward 2 Freddie Dancy: f_dancy@hotmail.com

Ward 3 Angelita V. Gunn: Angela_Velasco@yahoo.com

Ward 4 Conner Wood: cwood@cityofjackson.org

Ward 5 Shalanda Hunt: shunt@cityofjackson.org

Ward 6 Will Forgrave: forgravefor6@gmail.com

 

Email 1

Hello, [Insert Name]

Did you know that a May 2018 study by UC Davis researchers and scientists found that natural “magic mushrooms” inspire strong neural growth? The study shows increases In Dendrite growth, the number of Dendrites per neuron, and a widening of the Axon, all critical to the flow of information in the human brain. This enables plasticity in neural patterns, allowing for one of the most successful forms of treatment for depression, PTSD, and end-of-life anxiety. Below, find links to scientific and news articles, including the groundbreaking UC Davis study, to learn more about one of nature’s greatest medicines that co-evolved with humans, mammals, and life on Earth for hundreds of millions of years.

Psilocybe Mushrooms:

  • Respected as safe and sacred medicine for millennia throughout the world
  • Beneficial for depression, anxiety, addictions, and recidivism
  • Encourages openness, creativity, neuroplasticity, and spiritual growth
  • Johns Hopkins study: 80% considered their psilocybin experience as one of the top 5 most meaningful experiences in their lives
  • UCLA and NYU are studying psilocybin as treatment for end-of-life anxiety
  • Canadian federal government has recently granted medical exemptions for four end-of-life patients to be able to use psilocybin

Research Studies:

  1. Psychedelics Promote Structural and Functional Neural Plasticity
  2. Palliative Nursing and Sacred Medicine: A Holistic Stance on Entheogens, Healing, and Spiritual Care
  3. Single Dose of Hallucinogenic Drug Psilocybin Relieves Anxiety & Depression in Patients with Advanced Cancer | NYU Langone News
  4. Mystical experiences occasioned by the hallucinogen psilocybin lead to increases in the personality domain of openness
  5. Psilocybin produces substantial and sustained decreases in depression and anxiety in patients with life-threatening cancer: A randomized double-blind trial

News Articles:

  1. Decades after psychedelic drugs were outlawed, Johns Hopkins trials are revealing their dramatic therapeutic potential.
  2. Psychedelic Medicine 101: Psilocybin and the magic of mushrooms
  3. Can Psilocybin Treat Cluster Headache? | American Migraine Foundation
  4. Depression Treatment with Magic Mushrooms
  5. https://www.nature.com/articles/news.2008.934

 

Our Purpose: To decriminalize entheogenic plants, restore our root connection to nature, and improve human health and well-being.

Vision: To contribute to happier, healthier individuals and communities through the decriminalization of entheogenic plants, and through education about their traditions and practices.

 

Sincerely, [Insert Name]

 

Email 2

Hello, [Insert Name]

Did you know ayahuasca, a plant mixture from the Amazonian basin, benefits physical and psychological wellness and can encourage adult neurogenesis in vitro? Traditional cultures consider ayahuasca a “plant that gives knowledge” and recent Western studies suggest ayahuasca could revolutionize mental health and our understanding of consciousness The transformative potential of ayahuasca has become a successful medicine for treating PTSD among American war veterans, in Brazilian prison populations to reduce recidivism, and with world business executives for experiencing spiritual awakenings. Further down, find links to scientific research and news articles describing the incredible potential of ayahuasca to heal body, mind, spirit, and community.

 

Ayahuasca (containing DMT)

  • Over 75 indigenous groups in the Amazonian basin respect ayahuasca as a sacred “Plant teacher”
  • Beneficial for depression, addiction, anxiety, diabetes, neurogenesis, and PTSD
  • Ayahuasca treatment in Brazilian prison population reduces recidivism and encourages spiritual growth
  • Benefits in creativity and positive personal transformation

Research Studies:

  1. The alkaloids of Banisteriopsis caapi, the plant source of the Amazonian hallucinogen Ayahuasca, stimulate adult neurogenesis in vitro | Scientific Reports
  2. Banisteriopsis caapi, a unique combination of MAO inhibitory and antioxidative constituents for the activities relevant to neurodegenerative disorders and Parkinson’s disease
  3. Rapid antidepressant effects of the psychedelic ayahuasca in treatment-resistant depression: a randomized placebo-controlled trial
  4. The Therapeutic Potentials of Ayahuasca: Possible Effects against Various Diseases of Civilization
  5. Four Weekly Ayahuasca Sessions Lead to Increases in “Acceptance” Capacities: A Comparison Study With a Standard 8-Week Mindfulness Training Program

News Articles:

1. In Brazil, Some Inmates Get Therapy With Hallucinogenic Tea – The New York Times

2. Plant Hallucinogen Holds Hope for Diabetes Treatment | Scientific American 

3. Psychedelic ayahuasca works against severe depression, study finds | CNN

4. (PDF) Ayahuasca and the Treatment of Drug Addiction

5. Assessment of Alcohol and Tobacco Use Disorders Among Religious Users of Ayahuasca

 

Our Purpose: To decriminalize entheogenic plants, restore our root connection to nature, and improve human health and well-being.

Vision: To contribute to happier, healthier individuals and communities through the decriminalization of entheogenic plants, and through education about their traditions and practice

 

Sincerely, [Insert Name]

 

 

Email 3

Hello, [Insert Name]

Did you know that the root of an iboga shrub in Gabon, Africa is showing incredible benefits in treating opioid and methamphetamine addiction? Iboga has been recognized by the Bwiti for centuries as essential to their initiatory ritesof passage and deep ancestral connections. Studies show iboga/ine is also an “addiction interrupter” significantly reducing cravings and withdrawals from most participants providing an opportunity for those dependent on heroin to have a second chance. One of the biggest policy issues in the United States today is opioid dependency. According to the SF Chronicle “The White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis recommends increasing funding on developing and testing “innovative medications,” including “drugs used for detoxification.”

Decriminalizing iboga provides an opportunity for Jackson to lead the way in addiction recovery and reduce the harms of addiction and dependency on our communities. All things considered this would be wonderful for our community.

Iboga and Ibogaine

  • From Central Africa through Gabon, iboga is revered for initiatory rites of passage involving encounters with ancestors in the spirit realm
  • Beneficial for treatment-resistant opiate and methamphetamine addictions
  • Anecdotal reports for treating addiction emerging from work-related PTSD from first responders such as EMT, Police, Fire, and Military.
  • In 2010 ibogaine was gazetted in New Zealand as a non-approved prescription medicine for opioid dependence by the government’s Medsafe Medicines Classification Committee, under the Medicines Act

Research Articles:

  1. Ibogaine Detoxification Transitions Opioid and Cocaine Abusers Between Dependence and Abstinence: Clinical Observations and Treatment Outcomes
  2. Ibogaine treatment outcomes for opioid dependence from a twelve-month follow-up observational study

News Articles

  1. Ibogaine treatment outcomes for opioid dependence from a twelve-month follow-up observational study

      2. https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21929313-900-mind-altering-drug-could-offer-life-free-of-heroin/ 

  1. 150 Years into the opioid epidemic, many are resorting to Ibogaine treatment – The Jerusalem Post
  2. https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2024/03/27/ibogaine-drug-addiction-cure

Our Purpose: To decriminalize entheogenic plants, restore our root connection to nature, and improve human health and well-being.

Vision: To contribute to happier, healthier individuals and communities through the decriminalization of entheogenic plants, and through education about their traditions and practices.

 

Sincerely, [Insert Name]

 

 

Email 4

Hello, [Insert Name]

Did you know mescaline-containing cacti have been respected as sacred plants for over 5,000 years here in the Americas? Cacti is considered both a medicine and a sacrament by many traditions throughout the Americas. In addition, studies show cacti can be beneficial in the treatment of alcoholism. Yet mescaline-containing cacti are illegal to cultivate and ingest outside of religious contexts. Why are plants with so many physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits considered illegal? What are the advantages of using valuable financial resources to stop Jackson residents from having access to plants that can help them Heal? All in all there are many benefits for our community with decriminalizing mescaline- containing cacti.

Mescaline-containing cacti

  • Honored as a sacred plant for thousands of years throughout the Americas
  • Central to traditional religious and healing practices
  • Beneficial for the treatment of alcoholism

 

Learn More:

  1. Traditional medicine applied by the Saraguro yachakkuna: a preliminary approach to the use of sacred and psychoactive plant species in the southern region of Ecuador
  2. Hallucinogenic-Plants-A-Golden-Guide.pdf
  3. San Pedro: Basic Info | Echynopsis pachanoi | Psycheplants | ICEERS

 

Our Purpose: To decriminalize entheogenic plants, restore our root connection to nature, and improve human health and well-being.

Vision: To contribute to happier, healthier individuals and communities through the decriminalization of entheogenic plants, and through education about their traditions and practices.

 

Sincerely, [Insert Name]

 

Looking for community? 

Join The Seed Cellar for our next Community Psychedelic Community Meeting. Here you will find a community who is both supportive and inclusive. Share your story and learn something new!