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Saturday, August 20 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Keynote Lecture: Psilocybe: Medicinal But Illegal

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Psilocybe: medicinal but illegal
Laura Guzmán-Dávalos, Mara Ximena Haro-Luna, Virginia Ramírez-Cruz & Loredana Tavano
Mushrooms of the genus Psilocybe have been, since prehistoric times, very important in the traditions of some indigenous cultures of central and southern Mexico. Based on this fact, and knowing that the psilocybin and psilocin, their active principles, are very similar to serotonin, a neurotransmitter, its medicinal properties have recently been extensively studied. Thus, it is now known that they can be used to treat various ailments or problems, such as certain types of headaches, depression, psychiatric disorders, addictions, or as help for terminal ill patients. However, psychedelic mushrooms are illegal in several countries, including Mexico, where their possession is sanctioned by the Federal Penal Code, based on the Health General Law, with fines and years in jail, except for the indigenous groups, which have used them as part of their traditions. Currently, there is a worldwide trend towards microdosing, that is to ingest a very small amount of the mushroom, usually one-twentieth or less of the dose that produces the hallucinatory effects. Mexico has not escaped to this trend. In this talk, I will present some results about who are the users of microdoses in Mexico and what motivations drive them to take microdoses. Also, I will talk about the political movements in Mexico to change psilocybin and the mushrooms that produce it to a different appendix of the Health General Law, which will allow them to be used for research and with medicinal purposes.

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Laura Guzman-Davalos

Keynote Presenter
Laura Guzmán-Dávalos is a Mexican mycologist working since 1983 at University of Guadalajara in Jalisco State. Laura is a well-respected mycologist in Mexico and daughter of the world-renowned Gaston Guzman, THE world authority on the genus Psilocybe (and who described and named... Read More →

Saturday August 20, 2022 8:00pm - 9:00pm MDT
Palm Theatre