White Rabbits Call Alice

Author. Sue DeGregorio-Rosen, RN, CLNC

by Sue DeGregorio-Rosen, RN, CLNC, Contributing Editor

A cosmic disentangling, where everything that is old becomes new……..let’s talk Psilocybin….magic mushrooms. It’s a topic of conversation for the newly born millennials, and gen z.  Psilocybin is a time traveler…. known for its ability to create ego dissolution, where boundaries for self dissipates and the environment becomes a blur. 

What exactly is a Psilocybin?   It has been coined as magic…. magic mushrooms and has been used for centuries by indigenous cultures as a spiritual practice and as a conduit for transcendent experiences.  In Mesoamerica, mushrooms had long been consumed in ceremonies, spiritual ceremonies and were first documented by Spanish Chroniclers in the 16th century. Albert Hoffman, a Swiss chemist for Sandoz in 1958 first isolated the psilocybin and psilocin from the mushroom Psilocybe mexicana.

That’s the history but wait…. can Psilocybin be somewhat of a metaphor?

 We know that many of us can experience a spiritual awakening with or without a mushroom.  We also see that psychedelic interest has re-emerged as one of the most talked about and researched recreational and treatment modality.  It goes beyond the former stigma that was cast during the same time that cannabis was placed on The Controlled Substance Act.  

       Psilocybin and psilocin have been listed as Schedule I drugs under the United Nations 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. Schedule I drugs are defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse or drugs that have no recognized medical uses…….hmmm

 The Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research is leading the way in exploring innovative treatments using psilocybin.  At one time in the not-so-distant past, the Harvard Four, Dr. Timothy Leary, Andrew Weil, Huston Smith, and Richard Alpert (Ram Dass) introduced mind-expanding drugs, alternative healing, and holistic medicine to the USA.  They experienced what was a spiritual awakening, discovering the true nature of reality. They found an inner peace, and a heightened sense of purpose, unlike anything ever imagined….and then they were shut down, through trial and error and the Nixon Administration. 

Colorado is in its psychedelic era.

In 2022, voters agreed to legalize psilocybin.  Since that time the state has been working on regulations for the use of mushrooms under supervision in natural healing centers and will be staffed by so-called facilitators.

Interestingly, not one of these articles for regulations mentions a Professional Registered Nurse in the participatory process. the most trusted profession in the country………..NOT ONE.