prohibition

National Expungement Week Could Help Those With Minor Convictions Move On

National Expungement Week Could Help Those With Minor Convictions Move On

The Equality First Alliance has a primary focus of addressing the civil injustice that has resulted from the War on Drugs here in the United States. Here at Ladybud, we have previously covered many topics that examine the overlap between social justice and the War on Drugs. For example, people of color, as well as […]

Trump Wants to Re-Weaponize The Failed War on Drugs

Trump Wants to Re-Weaponize The Failed War on Drugs

Surprisingly, ¬†Donald Trump’s recent speech to the United Nations was not an attempt to brag about his “achievements” as president. Instead,¬† the focus was on reigniting the dying flames of the failed War on Drugs. Since its height in the 1980s and early 90s, the War on Drugs has become an increasingly unsuccessful and unpopular […]

Meet MAPS, the Organization Funding and Conducting Psychedelic Research

Meet MAPS, the Organization Funding and Conducting Psychedelic Research

Now that we have taken the time to highlight most of the banned substances with established and acknowledged mental health benefits, we’d like to spend the next few weeks discussing research and organizations that work with psychedelics. This week, we will start out by highlighting MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. MAPS is well-known […]

DEA Props Up Outdated Cannabis Policy with Rescheduling Scheme

DEA Props Up Outdated Cannabis Policy with Rescheduling Scheme

Despite concerns about a pharmaceutical entity grabbing control of the cannabidiol (CBD) market, many legalization activists thrilled at the announcement that Epidiolex received approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in June. It was reasonable to hope that the approval of a cannabis-based drug for use in treating serious medical conditions would soon […]

DMT, Called the Spirit Molecule, Could Help People Process Trauma

DMT, Called the Spirit Molecule, Could Help People Process Trauma

Like every other substance we’ve discussed in this series so far, DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine) is currently a Schedule I substance in the United States. That means it’s illegal to possess or sell, and the U.S. Government does not recognize any medical uses for the compound while considering it to be of high risk for potential abuse. […]

Activists Pushing for Home Grows in New Jersey Legalization Bill

Activists Pushing for Home Grows in New Jersey Legalization Bill

Despite the opposition of long-entrenched politicians in New Jersey to cannabis legalization, it does appear as though the Garden State will soon be joining many other states in legalizing the adult recreational use of cannabis. Lawmakers look to potentially pass a bill that the Governor, Phil Murphy, will theoretically sign into law in upcoming sessions. […]

LSD May Actually Help Harmonize the Brain and Fight Depression

LSD May Actually Help Harmonize the Brain and Fight Depression

The use of LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) in therapeutic settings remains a somewhat divisive topic. It can produce experiences similar to psychosis, but it also helps reorganize neural networks in the brain and help people experience the world from a new perspective. It remains a Schedule I substance, which means that most physicians and clinicians […]

Psilocybin from ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Can Help People Manage Depression

Psilocybin from ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Can Help People Manage Depression

Psilocybin from ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Can Help People Manage Depression When people think of magic mushrooms, they usually imagine a scene from Alice in Wonderland or perhaps a bunch of young adults at a music festival on a trip. Fewer people seem to recognize that these unusual mushrooms may actually have a profound and beneficial impact […]

Science Finally Confirms It: Cannabis Users Have More And Better Sex

Science Finally Confirms It: Cannabis Users Have More And Better Sex

If you’ve ever found yourself thinking that if a prohibitionist politician won’t smoke a joint, then they just needed to get laid and chill out, you were probably right. It turns out that some of that hatred aimed at cannabis users likely stems from deep-seated and unacknowledged jealousy borne of sexual frustration. After all, it’s […]

Ibogaine Therapy Can Offer Addiction Relief During Opioid Withdrawal

Ibogaine Therapy Can Offer Addiction Relief During Opioid Withdrawal

Long used as a part of Bwiti rituals, the Iboga tree from West-Central Africa has a powerful psychedelic alkaloid compounds, called ibogaine, that develops in its roots. In Bwiti, the roots of this special shrub are consumed during rituals for a variety of reasons. There is also anecdote of hunters using the substance in lower […]