This Is How Drugs With A Bad Rep Are Doing Good

A Trip Worth Taking

Cannabis and magic mushrooms are two substances that are considered risky drugs in certain parts of the world.

Historically, cannabis was found to be used for a variety of reasons: mostly medicinal, some psychoactive. Magic mushrooms or psilocybin mushrooms generally have a rep for having a more psychedelic effect and inducing hallucinations. Archaeological evidence even suggests that they have been used since prehistoric times. 

Safe to say, these organic materials have been around the block awhile and new alternative ways of using them are popping up all the time.

Like, cannabis and man’s best friend? Thanks to a medical marijuana dispensary on well known Bloor street in Toronto who have begun selling tinctures and dog treats by Vancouver-based company Apwathecary that contain chemical compounds found in marijuana. 

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Speaking to CBC Toronto, operations manager Ken Abell said,”We’ve had a lot of people asking for their pets,” he said. “I’ve actually got a disappointed lady today because we’re all sold out of the dog treats. They’re very popular.”

These medicines also won’t get your dog high as they contain zero THC. Sorry fido. 

Instead they are used to treat conditions like chronic pain, inflammation, mood disorders and seizures. Best of all they are flavoured with bacon and seafood. 

Though there isn’t a ton of research when it comes to using medical marijuana on your pet and alternative medicines such as these come with a buyer beware warning. Despite this, a spokesman for Awpathecary say they work with veterinarians to determine safe dosage amounts. 

Similarly, magic mushrooms are being taken by cancer patients to help treat anxiety and depression, results from a study conducted by physicians at institutions such as Johns Hopkins University and NYU reveal. As part of the study, subjects found that psilocybin (the main component of magic mushrooms) had more effect on their issues than a placebo.

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According to The Independent, “By the day after treatment, about 80 percent of the treated NYU patients no longer qualified as clinically anxious or depressed by standard measures. That compares to about 30 percent for the placebo group. That’s a remarkably fast response, experts said, and it endured for the seven weeks of the comparison.”

This is pretty solid evidence for drugs considered to be highly dangerous and a dose of hope for the future. 

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Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.