Ann Arbor Approves Entheogenic and Fungi Awareness Month

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In Michigan, Ann Arbor City Council members named September “Entheogenic Plants and Fungi Awareness Month” on August 16. Councilmembers Jeff Hayner and Kathy Griswold were two of the individuals who sponsored the effort. In a digital city council meeting, Councilmember Jeff Hayner explained the reasoning regarding why September is the month that was chosen. “With the assistance of our local advocates, we decided that September because September is when we passed our resolution effectively decriminalizing these plants, that September should be our local month, and that’s basically what this entails.” The resolution text mentions that entheogenic plants could possibly help treat “substance abuse, addiction, recidivism, trauma, post-traumatic stress symptoms, chronic depression, severe anxiety, end-of-life anxiety, grief, cluster headaches and other debilitating conditions are present in our community,” thanks to clinical studies that have determined its effectiveness as a treatment for some conditions, as well as “personal spiritual growth.” It also briefly describes the progress that have been made with substances like psilocybin, ibogaine and ayahuasca. “The FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation to Psilocybin for use in major depressive disorders; Psilocybin has been shown to ease treatment resistant depression, end-of-life anxiety, and cluster headaches, Ibogaine has been shown to be an effective treatment for opiate addiction, and Ayahuasca studies are currently underway to better understand its ability to address depression, and substance dependence…” “I think it’s kind of exciting that we’re exploring these new boundaries, that we’re looking at alternatives to mental health solutions, improvements to mental health solutions and so on, and this is a part of it,” Hayner said toward the end of his proposal. “So I would appreciate your support on this…” All councilmembers present were in favor of approving the motion, with none opposed. Ann Arbor Makes History The local organization that Hayner mentioned is Decriminalize…

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