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Psilocybin may have many potential benefits, but none have yet to be approved by the FDA. gilaxia / iStock / Getty Images

By Gigen Mammoser

Soft lighting. Comfortable furniture. Art decorating the walls.

To the untrained eye, this setting appears to be a living room. But it's not. It's a research facility specially designed to evoke comfort and ease.

A psilocybin therapy session is taking place.

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A sign of resilience posted on a tree in a fire-destroyed neighborhood of Santa Rosa, California. Getty Images

By Dani Burlison

It's late spring, and I'm hiking Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Sonoma County with therapist, ecopsychologist, and California naturalist Mary Good. A mist is drifting down, and we have the park mostly to ourselves. In October 2017, 80 percent of Sugarloaf's 3,900 acres of oak woodlands were scorched by the firestorms in California's North Bay. But today, most of what stretches out before us is green and vibrant, brushed with the last signs of a wildflower superbloom that erupted from the ash earlier this spring.

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