Cannabis and psychedelics for everyone.

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“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” - Lao Tzu

Tuesday. Sports! The U.S. Open started yesterday, and college football has its first full slate of games this weekend. I know I know — you can’t contain your excitement either. Now, let’s settle down and talk about something else Americans are excited about. Mind-altering drugs — let’s dive in.

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Everyone Is Getting High

Americans love cheeseburgers, reality TV, NASCAR, and European vacations. Now, there is something else to add to that list. Recent data from the University of Michigan’s annual “Monitoring the Future” study reveals that cannabis and psychedelic drug use among U.S. adults has hit record highs after a decade-long trend. So why are so many Americans getting high? The reasons are multifaceted and not entirely clear, but they likely involve shifting societal attitudes, increased accessibility, and concerns about the healthcare system.

This study, which has tracked substance use in the U.S. since 1975, collected data from approximately 28,500 adults between April and October 2022. Among young adults aged 19 to 30, nearly 44% reported using marijuana within the past year, a historic high (see what we did there?) for that age group. Meanwhile, in the 35 to 50 age bracket, almost 28% admitted to marijuana use in the last 12 months, also reaching an all-time high.

But it’s not just occasional use; daily marijuana consumption saw a significant increase in 2022. Over 11% of young adults and more than 6% of midlife adults said they used cannabis for at least 20 out of the last 30 days, doubling the rates in 2012.

Psychedelic drug use has also surged. In 2022, around 8% of young adults and 4% of midlife adults reported using hallucinogenic drugs like LSD or MDMA in the past year, marking a more than twofold increase since 2012. Not to mention, Burning Man is happening as I type this, so who knows what that number looks like right now.

Several factors have contributed to this significant uptick in substance use. Legalization has played a crucial role in making these drugs more accessible and socially acceptable. Medical marijuana, for example, is now legal in 38 states, with 23 of them, along with Washington DC, permitting recreational use. Additionally, some U.S. cities have decriminalized substances like psilocybin (found in magic mushrooms), and a few states have legalized medical psychedelic use.

This rise in cannabis use could also be linked to a belief in its broader medicinal properties, despite the limited FDA approvals. Many individuals perceive cannabis as a potential treatment for various conditions, which may partly explain its escalating use. This might be driven by factors like the high cost of healthcare and concerns about the use of opioids for pain management. After all, a plant seems a lot safer than anything Big Pharma is peddling.

In the case of psychedelics, growing evidence suggests their effectiveness in treating depression, substance use disorders, and other mental health conditions. With mental health issues becoming more prevalent in the U.S., some may be turning to psychedelics for self-medication.

But it’s not all sunshine, rainbows, and magical brownies.

While more people are using cannabis and psychedelics than ever, it’s crucial to remember that these substances come with risks, especially when used without proper oversight or screening. This is particularly true for psychedelics, where a controlled setting is often necessary to mitigate potential adverse effects.

The key takeaway? This surge in substance use highlights the fact that our attitudes and perceptions of this stuff are changing — and fast. As more states and jurisdictions consider decriminalizing and even legalizing these substances, we must continue studying their long-term effects and potential benefits while remaining aware of the associated risks. We can’t look at it as all good news or all bad news. It is just something we should be mindful of and have more nuanced conversations about.

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3. Excuse Me?

Did you say chocolate hummus? What kind of madness is this? And it has protein? Enjoy!

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