With a trip to San Francisco’s first smart shop, it’s never been easier to get (some) psychedelics
In September, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a unanimous resolution to decriminalize psychedelic plants and fungi. It’s just the latest city in a string of West Coast hubs—including Oakland and Santa Cruz—undergoing a seismic shift in drug policy.
Decriminalization doesn’t mean that psychedelics can now be sold in San Francisco—not yet, anyway. But it is the first step towards a future in which substances like psilocybin and mescaline could be legalized. That’s good news not just for recreational users. Recent research shows that psychedelics can benefit those suffering with mental health issues and with opioid and methamphetamine addiction. Some therapists are already licensed to use these plant medicines in their practice, either via microdosing or guided psychedelic therapy.
But just because we have to wait for psychedelic legalization to wend its slow way through the bureaucracy doesn’t mean that all plants with psychoactive properties are out of reach. Professor Seagull’s Smartshop, the first “smart shop” in the U.S., stocks a slew of legal nootropic and psychedelic plants from around the world, most of which you likely never even knew existed.
Sometimes said to have similar effects to THC, wild dagga flowers—a southern African plant from the mint species—offers calming effects and mild euphoria.(Courtesy of @professor_seagulls_smartshop)
Deftly navigating current drug policy, Professor Seagull’s carries natural psychoactive substances that can be legally consumed, like blue lotus flowers and salvia divinorum, as well as those that can only be sold as live plants, seeds, or even as natural T-shirt dye. Everything has a history of use by human civilizations for hundreds, if not thousands of years.
Published: October 31, 2022
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