Magic mushrooms have been used as a psychotropic agent for thousands of years all over the world and in some cultures, they were also used for medicinal purposes. Research interests towards the mushrooms have taken off at the end of the 1950s and was maintained until the end of the 1970s, when the active compound in magic mushrooms was added to the list of controlled substances. After that happened, criminalization processes also started and lasted until the end of the first decade of the 2000s, when a movement of decriminalization commenced.
The first city to adopt a law to decriminalize magic mushrooms was Denver, in May, 2019. Many other cities were quick to follow, with Oakland, Santa Cruz and Washington DC being among the first ones to pass laws that stopped criminal prosecution for the usage and the cultivation for personal purposes of magic mushrooms. The decriminalization movement came parallel to the heightened interest towards the potential medical benefits of administering magic mushrooms in small amounts called micro doses. Research interest is currently directed towards the potential benefits of micro dosing mushrooms cultivated from shroom spores purchased through eCommerce sites such as sacredmushroomspores.com/. It is a wide held belief that micro dosing can help people who suffer from severe anxiety, depression, and addiction to alcohol and tobacco.