CNN documentary visits Oregon to explore ‘magic mushrooms’ and psilocybin legalization – OregonLive

"The Whole Story With Anderson Cooper" features an episode Sunday titled, "Magic Mushrooms: Can They Change Your Mind?"
Oregon gets another turn in the national TV spotlight with the Sunday, June 18 episode of “The Whole Story With Anderson Cooper.” The CNN series this week broadcasts an episode titled, “Magic Mushrooms: Can They Change Your Mind?” and Oregon, where psilocybin mushrooms for medical use are legal if certain guidelines are followed, is among the topics.
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In “Magic Mushrooms: Can They Change Your Mind?” CNN correspondent David Culver reports on how medically supervised use of psilocybin — the magic mushrooms referred to in the title — may have therapeutic benefits.
The CNN documentary will include a visit Culver makes to Oregon, which in 2020 became the first state in the U.S. to legalize psilocybin in therapeutic settings. Since then, details for how the process will work have been in development. As The Oregonian/OregonLive has reported, the Oregon law allows people 21 and older to take the substance created by a licensed facility in a licensed service center, in a controlled, therapeutic environment under the watch of trained facilitators.
While federal laws make the practice of using psilocybin mushrooms for medical purposes illegal in this country, in “Magic Mushrooms: Can They Change Your Mind?” Culver also goes to Jamaica, where growing and consuming magic mushrooms is legal. Culver visits a resort that holds psychedelic retreats, where he reports on the experiences of Americans who travel there to try magic mushrooms, in an attempt, as the press release says, “to reconnect with themselves, curb addiction, and find inner healing.”
As Culver says in the press materials for the episode, “In hopes of better understanding their mind-altering trips, I also wanted to see if the mushrooms might work their therapeutic magic on me. Having lived and reported through China’s relentless ‘Zero-Covid’ policies, including harsh and punishing lockdowns, I wondered if the medicine – as they call it – might help me better process my nearly three years isolated from family and loved ones back in the US. The mushrooms took me on a journey I did not expect.”
“The Whole Story With Anderson Cooper” episode, “Magic Mushrooms: Can They Change Your Mind?” airs at 8 p.m. PT/ET Sunday, June 18 on CNN.
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