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Shroom State of Mind

29 March
Science is fast developing on the use of psilocybin (commonly referred to as magic mushrooms) in the treatment of anxiety, depression and addictions. But the substance remains banned in South Africa. Facing criminal charges has done little to stem the enthusiasm of a shroom adherent who is now also trying to have the ban on psilocybin lifted in court. We observe her magic mushroom ceremonies, which have moved online in response to lockdown, as participants from here and abroad join her in Zoom meetings, ingest psilocybin and are monitored by online observers as they enter a psychedelic state. Carte Blanche investigates how the use of psylocibin has been tested and used.
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