Peace Project

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

-Mahatma Gandhi


Marijuana and Mental Health

Marijuana is a psychoactive drug derived from the dried flowers of the cannabis sativa plant. Many people use marijuana as a medicinal drug in order to help them with anxiety, depression, and several other disorders. Recent research has shown that marijuana has the potential to cure people with post-traumatic stress disorder,  

CBD and THC are capable of helping treat people suffering from PTSD by improving the endocannabinoid system’s mediation of essential functions including memory consolidation and retrieval. By activating CB1 and CB2 receptors located throughout this core system, cannabinoids could prompt the system to produce neurotransmitters that helps promote happiness, pleasure, and memory.

(Moss 2018)

These CB1 and CB2 receptors can often prevent people who suffer from PTSD from having nightmares and flashbacks, while also helping the person maintain a more positive and optimistic outlook in general. These cannabinoids produce neurotransmitters that promote happiness and pleasure which could also help people when it comes to depression, anxiety and stress. Neuroscientist and psychiatrist, Dr. Alexander Neumeister claimed,

There’s a consensus among clinicians that existing pharmaceutical treatments such as antidepressants simply do not work. In fact, we know very well that people with PTSD who use marijuana — a potent cannabinoid — often experience more relief from their symptoms than they do from antidepressants and other psychiatric medications. Clearly, there’s a very urgent need to develop novel evidence-based treatments for PTSD.

(Neumeister 2018)

For so long, people with PTSD have suffered with no viable form of treatment. As Neumeister stated, “antidepressants simply do not work.” Although marijuana is legal in Colorado, it is still illegal in several states and it is simply unfair to keep this drug from people when it could be benefiting them in life-changing ways. The fact that THC has helped so many patients that deal with not only post-traumatic stress, but also other mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, should encourage people to be more accepting and understanding towards people who use marijuana medicinally.

Psilocybin Mushrooms

Mushrooms and Mental Health

Psilocybin mushrooms, often referred to as psychedelic or magic mushrooms, are a type of mushroom that contain hallucinogenic qualities, classifying them as a drug. Depending on how much someone eats, the effects of the drug can be different. There is an activity called micro dosing where a person takes one or two grams of mushrooms, and there is a very slight change in their visual and mental perceptions. On the other hand, if someone takes around three or more grams, it tends to distort the persons sight and enhances their emotions and feelings.

Research has been increasing in the study of psilocybin mushrooms, and much of this research links the drug to mental health. The information found has shown that psilocybin has many benefits such as treating mental disorders, breaking bad habits, and causing positive effects on people’s lives.

One large catalyst to the use of this drug is that it is currently illegal and the federal government claims that it is dangerous,

Psilocybin is a schedule I drug. That means the federal government thinks it has a high risk to abuse with no known medical benefit. It is 100 percent illegal, and possessing it is a felony offense.

(Rense 2019)

In most states psilocybin is considered a schedule I drug, but recently Colorado decriminalized mushrooms which means that possessing it is no longer a felony offense. The next step after decriminalization is legalization which is why this topic is relevant and of importance.

Research of psilocybin is gradually refuting the claim that it has no medical benefit. The use of psychedelic mushrooms has helped in treating mental disorders in several cases. Clinical psychologist, Rosalind Watts, explains how mushrooms effect people while they are under the influence,

Somehow, the sessions seem to hone in on these problem areas (in someone’s life). It’s as if a highly skilled therapist had constructed an effective, intensive, bespoke workshop: a masterclass in how the participant can feel more connected to themselves and others, and heal specific psychological wounds. Yet, it’s all coming from the participant themselves.

(Watts 2018)

When people take this drug, it often forces them to confront their issues, and genuinely analyze them. It makes the person think about their behaviors and understand why they do certain things. After realizing this, they can then start to analyze how they can change and improve the things that are problematic in their life. The person essentially becomes their own therapist, and the results can be life-changing.  


Goals for Peace Project

My main goal is to spread knowledge on different findings going on worldwide that could help improve mankind. This includes the development of research on psilocybin mushrooms, and how they have been linked to curing disorders such as epilepsy and speech impediments. I also plan to address the medical benefits of marijuana, and interview people who have used marijuana for medicinal purposes. It is important to disseminate knowledge on drugs that have medicinal qualities because they could potentially benefit many people. If more people are aware of the medicinal qualities of marijuana and mushrooms, then more people will take initiative to get these drugs legalized so more research can be done.