Psychedelics Hold Little Appeal in Indiana, But California Embraces Cannabis Culture

Staff report

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — May 21, 2024

A new study has identified Indiana as one of the states least interested in exploring psychedelics and microdosing, contrasting sharply with California’s progressive stance on cannabis.

Indiana ranks tenth among the states least curious about psychedelics, according to research by mushroom spore specialists SporesMD. The study analyzed over 900 search terms related to psychedelics over the past 12 months, revealing that Indiana averages 888 searches per 100,000 people each month, 13% below the national average of 1,015 searches. Mississippi topped the list of least interested states, with just 661 average monthly searches per 100,000 residents.

SporesMD’s study highlights a stark contrast between states like Indiana and those more open to psychedelic exploration. Colorado leads the nation with the highest interest, averaging 1,557 monthly searches per 100,000 residents, 53% above the national average. Oregon and Vermont follow closely behind, indicating a regional openness to the potential benefits of psychedelics.

Anthony Bautista, CEO of SporesMD, commented on the findings, noting that while some states show significant interest in psychedelics, others remain largely uninterested. “It’s interesting to see the states most into psychedelics and microdosing, and how this compares to our sales data. This could reflect how open-minded residents are to the concept of psychedelic trips and their preference for how they experience this,” Bautista said.

In contrast to Indiana’s cautious stance on psychedelics, California continues to push boundaries with cannabis legislation. On May 21, Assemblymember Matt Haney’s (D-San Francisco) bill, AB 1775, which allows California governments to license Amsterdam-style cannabis cafes, passed the Assembly with bipartisan support. The bill aims to diversify the business model of cannabis retailers by permitting the sale of non-cannabis-infused foods and offering social experiences similar to those in the Netherlands.

“Lots of people want to enjoy legal cannabis in the company of others,” Haney said. “And many people want to do that while sipping coffee, eating a scone, or listening to music. There’s absolutely no good reason from an economic, health, or safety standpoint that the state should make that illegal.”

California, renowned for its cannabis culture and early adoption of medical cannabis, seeks to emulate Amsterdam’s successful cannabis cafes. This legislation marks a significant step towards integrating social and recreational cannabis use into everyday life, a move starkly different from Indiana’s cautious approach to psychedelics.

Adding to the momentum for cannabis reform, the federal government is actively working to reclassify cannabis from a Schedule I to a Schedule III drug. This reclassification would recognize the medical benefits of cannabis and reduce regulatory hurdles for research and medical use, although it would not legalize cannabis for recreational use. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s proposal to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug underlines the shifting perceptions and policies surrounding cannabis.

As Indiana remains reserved about psychedelics, with interest significantly below the national average, California’s progressive cannabis policies and the federal government’s move to reclassify cannabis highlight a broader acceptance and integration of cannabis culture. The differences between the two states underscore the varying degrees of openness and regulatory approaches towards substances that alter consciousness.

For more information on the study, please visit www.sporesmd.com.

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