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The psychedelic community is torn over the growing interest in developing medical versions of a drug that may even help treatment-resistant depression

Denver, CO —May 19, 2019: Mazatec psilocybin mushrooms are ready for harvest in their growing tub. Photo: Joe Amon/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty

As recreational cannabis has inched toward legalization across the western world, scientists and other proponents expect that psilocybin — the active ingredient in magic mushrooms — will be next. This May, both Denver and Oakland, to many people’s surprise, voted to decriminalize it. And now that legalization appears on the horizon, several well-funded firms are jostling to make money in this new market.

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Mushrooms are having a moment—and for good reason

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Every week, the Nuance will go beyond the basics, offering a deep and researched look at the latest science and expert insights on a buzzed-about health topic.

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