You’re either on the bus or off the bus. If you’re on the bus, and you get left behind, then you’ll find it again. If you’re off the bus in the first place — then it won’t make a damn. – Ken Kesey as quoted in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Thomas Wolfe

Bourke Accounting is populated by the open-minded.  This could be because we respect the fact that not all people think the same.  It could also be because being judgmental is very time-consuming and we have other things to do.  For whatever reason, we tend to truly listen to ideas before deciding on the validity of it.  However, this doesn’t just stand for home decorating and politics – we’re willing to entertain new healthcare concepts, as well.  For example, when Oregon recently legalized psilocybin, the chemical that makes magic mushrooms magic, the majority of Bourke natives weren’t appalled.

Let’s just get a few things straight.  First: your favorite Bourke pro doesn’t spend all day tripping and staring at M.C. Escher lithographs. Second: Oregonian psilocybin is only “legal for mental health treatment in supervised settings” (CNN.com).  At this point, there won’t be dispensaries in Portland advertising buy-one-get-one ‘shroom sales and it is not legal for recreational use.  In order to get mushroom treatment, the patient must be 21 and can only take it at a licensed facility with a certified therapist present (ScientificAmerican.com).

While this might seem a drastic move, seeking enlightenment through the use of hallucinogens is nothing new; ancient people in every geographical location have utilized these plants and fungi to gain insight.  Even our own CIA conducted experiments under their mind control program, Project MK-Ultra.  Perhaps one of the CIA’s most illustrious alumni was Merry Prankster and writer, Ken Kesey, who volunteered through his college in the 1950s (ScientificAmerican.com).  Rumor has it that Kesey finagled a doggie bag to take home (or outright helped himself) and then introduced his artist friends to this new kick.  No one can say that Kesey’s psilocybin experimentation caused the writing of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, but then, no one can say that it didn’t.

Oregon’s interest in day tripping for better mental health is not coming out of left field.  Recently, Johns Hopkins University published their findings regarding the treatment of “major depressive disorders with synthetic psilocybin” (ScientificAmerican.com).  In this study, it was found that “71% of patients experience a clinically significant response and 54% met the criteria for total ‘remission of depression’” (ScientificAmerican.com).  In addition, these effects were long-lasting.  Finally, many researchers have seen positive results with psilocybin when faced with incorrigible anorexia, PTSD, crushing anxiety and depression caused by long-term illnesses.  So, it’s not like Jerry Garcia is sitting behind “The Doctor is In” sign.

Could hallucinogens effectively treat sufferers?  Maybe.  It can’t be any worse than Prozac and its string of antidepressant-caused murders and suicides.  If done in a controlled environment with learned doctors acting as guides, perhaps returning to the natural world really can help us to live happier and saner lives.  Hey, no one would have believed that mold was capable of changing the world…

Bourke Accounting bookkeepers and tax preparers don’t need Owsley’s Acid to think outside of the box.  No matter what your financial issue might be, your Bourke expert is innovative enough to offer beneficial options that will fit you.  If money woes are getting you down, come see your Bourke Accounting professional before making that trip to Oregon.  Bourke Accounting won’t open your third eye, but they will put you on a righteous, economic path just the same.

Come see us any time.  Our number is 502-451-8773 and don’t forget to visit our website at www.bourkeaccounting.com.  See you soon!

Written by Sue H.