- Michelle Janikian is a journalist and the author of Your Psilocybin Mushroom Companion, the down-to-earth guide that details everything you need to know about taking magic mushrooms safely and mindfully, published by Ulysses Press. Michelle actively covers psychedelic and cannabis education, harm reduction, and research in her work. She writes a column for Playboy about psychedelics and cannabis, and has also contributed to Rolling Stone, High Times, Psychedelics Today, Herb, and others. She’s passionate about the healing potential of psychedelic plants and substances, and the legalization and destigmatization of all drugs. Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, Michelle studied writing and psychology at Sarah Lawrence College before traveling extensively in Latin America and eventually settling down in Southern Mexico. Michelle was recently awarded the Cosmic Sister Emerging Voices Award for her work covering the psychedelic renaissance. When she’s not writing or speaking publicly about the magic of mushrooms, she can be found wandering the woods with her two rescue dogs or enjoying her third cup of coffee with a good book. You can read more about Michelle’s drug policy reporting on her LinkedIn, or follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
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