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‘Magic’ Mushrooms Will Be Legal In Oregon Next Year

Only one fast-growing species is likely to make the cut

Oregon is on track to become the first US state to role out legal psilocybin, the psychoactive substance found in “magic” mushrooms. Officials are now tentatively planning to green-light one particular species of “magic” mushroom for therapeutic use in the state starting in 2023.

Lab-made psilocybin, alongside therapy, has shown promise in clinical trials for the treatment of severe depression.

Jessie K. Uehling, a mycologist and member of Oregon’s Psilocybin Advisory Board, told Insider that Oregon is focusing on a species called Psilocybe cubensis because it’s widely cultivated and easy to grow.

While almost any species of magic mushroom can be grown, Psilocybe cubensis in particular grow very fast with “pretty good yields,” said Alan Rockefeller, a mycologist based in Oakland, California.

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