I have never done an illegal drug in my life.  I am not passing judgement on anyone who has, I am simply saying that it has never been something that in any way has interested me.  I had seen and read enough stories on how that stuff could affect you.  But for many people, it is a way to manage pain, or illness.  Sometimes, it may be the only option.

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Have any of you ever tried psychedelics? They are defined as a class of hallucinogenic drugs who primary effect is to trigger non-ordinary state of consciousness.  This causes specific psychological, visual and auditory changes, and often a substantially altered state of consciousness.

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A new bill sponsored by Representative Tony Lovasco (R-O'Fallon) would allow patients with approved conditions to try certain plant- or fungus-based psychedelics after exhausting all other treatments.  If signed into law by Governor Mike Parson, patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, terminal illness or any serious condition unresponsive to treatment could use these psychedelics.

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Psychedelics experts have long believed, and what scientists are working to confirm, is that these kind of drugs could help many of those with mental illness.  More than a dozen states began considering psychedelic legislation reform, including Missouri.  You can read more HERE.

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I know mental illness has been an issue in this country.  We certainly are taking it a bit more seriously, especially considering the pandemic and the toll it has taken on many people.  Is Missouri ready for psychedelics? That is still to be determined.  If science is able to establish that it can help with mental illness and be safe, then perhaps the mentally ill will get another chance at recovery.

Here are some tips for self-care during the pandemic: