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ThomasSittler comments on Introducing Enthea - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: ThomasSittler 09 August 2017 11:11:56AM 2 points [-]

Interesting. Why focus on psilocybin and not other psychedelic substances? From reading the abstract, the systematic review you cite seems to claim similar effects for ayahuasca, psilocybin, and LSD.

Comment author: Milan_Griffes 09 August 2017 02:48:56PM *  5 points [-]

If psilocybin still seems promising after a deeper literature review, the next step is to think about how to liberalize psilocybin use.

Psilocybin has several qualities that make it a better candidate for liberalization than other psychedelics:

  • it's somewhat less potent than LSD
  • unlike LSD, it occurs naturally
  • unlike ayahuasca, psychedelic mushrooms grow in the US
  • in the US, there's a somewhat more positive cultural view of psilocybin than LSD (which is considered "bad") and ayahuasca (which is unknown). (This is a weakly held belief.)