About Mary

Mary Carreón is the Senior Editor at DoubleBlind, co-founder of the Hyphae Leaks podcast, and an award-winning journalist from Southern California. Her work has appeared in Billboard, KCRW/NPR, Insider, DoubleBlind Magazine, The LAnd Magazine, High Times Magazine, OC Weekly, LA Weekly, and other publications. 

She's written stories on pesticides; nuclear waste; local water politics; cannabis and psychedelics drug policy; the sustainability of cannabis cultivation; hemp "meat" and other alternative meats; the sustainability and conservation of Palo Santo; labor issues in the crystal trade; the collapse of California's cannabis industry; buying drugs on the internet; the emergence of new music genres for psychedelic therapy; the mad honey trade; how the DEA believes it has the power to determine the legitimacy and sincerity of entheogenic religions; and much more. 

Mary's work aims to humanize drug culture and track the real-world effects of policies and trends affecting accessibility and the environment. As a third-generation Mexican and Guatemalan, she's also dedicated to amplifying Latine and BIPOC voices, issues, and perspectives.

She has also moderated and been an expert on panels about psychedelics at numerous conferences, including Wonderland Miami, SXSW, MAPS's Psychedelic Science Conference, the Oakland Psychedelic Conference, California Psychedelic Conference, and others.

Mary's currently a student at UCLA and earning a certificate in paralegal studies to bolster her portfolio in law. 

You can find her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Psilocybin Mushroom Potency Can Degrade by Nearly 50% in Six Months, New Data Shows

We’ve all been there. You acquire mushrooms, eat some, and store the rest in a shoebox in the back of your closet. Next thing you know, six months fly by, and you remember the pot of hallucinatory gold sitting next to a storage bin of junk you never unpacked from your last move. You ransack your closet and unearth the package of mushies. They look the same; a little crispy, but nothing out of the ordinary. You wonder: Are they still good?

Church of the Eagle and the Condor Can Now Drink Ayahuasca Legally in the US

The prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor has manifested. Following a years-long legal battle, the Church of the Eagle and the Condor has successfully settled with the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to legally use ayahuasca as an integral part of its religious practices.

How a Supreme Court Ruling Made Blotter Paper Beloved Among Acid Dealers Everywhere

The problem with LSD—like, good acid—is that if you’re lucky enough to score it in its purest form, it comes in a liquid. But liquids are liabilities! It’s difficult to travel long distances with them—I guess you could pack vials of LSD in a checked bag, but imagine getting caught with it? That’s an intent to distribute most of us should avoid. Liquids can also spill. They require responsibility and are often a mess, which is why acid is typically dropped onto a carrier, like perforated blotter paper.

Swallowing the Psychedelic Red Pill

Travis’s* whole world was his ayahuasca community. For five years, he attended ceremonies, working his way toward becoming one of the group’s core members, known as a “guardian.” He’d ensure no one wandered off mid-ceremony, provide energy work, clean peoples’ buckets after they purged, walk or carry people to the bathroom, and assist ceremony participants and facilitators in any other way necessary. “The community was my life,” Travis said, who joined the group in 2015. “We spent a lot of time together..."

An Open Letter to the Biggest Psychedelic Gathering In History

We are writing this letter on behalf of the Hyphae Leaks and Oakland Hyphae community, the largest BIPOC-run psychedelics organization in the US, regarding the Psychedelic Science Conference. Everyone in the psychedelics community is talking about it — makes sense, considering it's billed as the largest psychedelic gathering in history! But there's an inherent issue we need to address with MAPS: Only wealthy people can afford to attend this event. How can it be the biggest psychedelic gathering in history, then?
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