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drokhole Donating Member (759 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-22-11 11:22 AM
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106. This needs to be done so everyone can have legal access to psychedelics...
...and, what's more, thoroughly trained professionals to help guide them through their experience. I honestly believe we'd be better off as a society if this were the case. Just listen, for example, to this short lecture by Dr. Roland Griffiths, Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he and his team administered psilocybin (the active ingredient in "magic mushrooms") to several individuals - most of which described the experience as "one of the five most significant" in their lives:

TEDxMidAtlantic - Roland Griffiths - 11/5/09
'Magic Mushrooms' Can Improve Psychological Health Long Term

And then there's this similar study done by Dr. Rick Strassman on the compound DMT:

DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences
DMT: The Spirit Molecule Documentary

And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Aldous Huxley's wonderful account of his experience on mescaline:

The Doors of Perception

Then you have studies/circumstances that have shown these substances to help cure folks of actual dangerous addictions to harder "drugs" - like Ibogaine's effect on heroin users after one administration:


Or LSD's promising ability in helping treat alcoholics:

LSD Treatment For Alcoholism Gets New Look

But, even all that aside, and on the larger issue as a whole (to the OP's point) - we should end this nonsense of legislating morality. Here is a FANTASTIC talk by Alan Watts that does a spectacular job at thoroughly covering this very issue:

Drug Abuse Law & Sin ∞ Alan Watts (1/5)
(there are links to parts 2-5 on the same page...the entire talk is well worth a listen)

"Let us declare nature to be legitimate. The notion of illegal plants is obnoxious and ridiculous in the first place." - Terence McKenna
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