Jan. 30, 2022 – In 2015, he took the leap. Because psilocybin is an illegal drug, he had to be discreet. He secured the psychedelic fungus from black market sources, then found people he trusted to stay with him and guide him through the experience. He lay down, put on a blindfold and headphones playing music, and embarked on an inward journey.

“There’s no words to explain it,” said the 43-year-old man, whose first name is Patrick. The newspaper agreed to not use his full name or identify him because the drug is illegal and he fears criminal enforcement. “I felt self love in a way that was impossible before. Forgiveness for myself. Forgiveness for those who have hurt me in my life.”

While not a cure, Patrick said the drug provided valuable insights and has helped him finally manage his depression.

It’s an option that could soon become accessible – and legal – for more people seeking alternative treatments in Maine.

But some are urging caution, warning that psilocybin is not safe for certain people, especially those with schizophrenia. And not everyone who eats psychedelic mushrooms has a positive experience like Patrick did. Using too much or without proper supervision can produce a terrifying experience and lead to physical or psychological harm.


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