Recreational Drugs May Be More Beneficial Than Once Thought
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As the 21st century continues to progress, newer studies are showing that recreational drugs may not be as harmful as once thought. This would go a long way toward ending the War on Drugs which would save money and help the economy at the same time. Also the word recreational is tied to anything experimental that is can be done in one’s leisure time. This article will continue to look at the benefits of recreational, or psychedelic drugs, such as LSD and how it may serve to help with an individual’s personal growth.
The stigma of recreational drugs like LSD
What is behind the stigma that is so often associated with the use of psychedelic drugs to help with mental disorders? At one time, before the Cultural Revolution of the 1960’s, studies actually showed that drugs like LSD could go a long way toward helping an individual become more in touch with their psyche which, in turn, could help them overcome any variety of mental disorders.
Whatever it is that is behind the stigma against these recreational drugs, such as LSD, is also what fuels the War on Drugs. This is where the government spends millions, if not billions, to stop drug cartels and imprison young people who get busted for recreational drug use. This ends up tarnishing their reputation and making it difficult to contribute anything to society since they have a hard time finding a job and possibly even getting into a good school.
Upon a closer look at LSD and other psychedelics, it does not take rocket science to see that the main problem that is associated with these drugs is a lack of education and a lack of self-control. In most cases these two go together because self-control is often tied to increasing one’s education and awareness about an issue such as drugs and its potential benefit in society.
What do we replace the War on Drugs with if LSD and other recreational drugs were made legal?
The problem with recreational drugs is that, because they are illegal, they must be purchased illegally; i.e., on the black market or off the street. Furthermore, the main issue here is that these drugs on the streets or black market are not regulated and could be tainted with other chemical substances. Also, without education users do not know what a safe dose is to take. Yes there is such a thing as a safe dose of drugs such as LSD. The therapeutic, or recommended dose, according to some, is 20 mcg daily if one uses a “microdose” schedule, and 100 – 250mcg if one is undergoing an LSD psychotherapy session.
When people lose touch with reality and start having hallucinations that lead them to jump out of windows, such as back in the heyday of the Counterculture movement of the ‘60’s, it was because they took too much of the substance in an unsupportive environment. The issue was never the drug itself. For years we have spent gross amounts of money trying to get people to stop using these drugs through fines, imprisonment, rehabilitation classes, and even prohibition of the drug itself.
Perhaps a better way to deal with the use of recreational drugs is to spend money educating young kids on the potential dangers associated with them. We could also teach about the benefits of psychedelics, such as LSD, to get in touch with one’s psyche but only advise that we do so under the guidance of a primary care physician, Psychiatrist, and other medical staff. The hard part would be getting Doctors, Scientists, and pharmaceutical companies to go along with this because Big Pharmacy in the United States is a billion dollar business. Promoting wellness could actually make them lose a potential profit.
Much of today’s “science-backed” medicine is pharmaceutical companies bribing scientists to support the use of “conventional medicines” When you look at the use of drugs such as cannabis, LSD, et al, versus the use of drugs like SSRI’s (antidepressants) and neuroleptic tranquilizers (antipsychotics), it also does not take rocket science to see that the latter has more harmful side effects.
Some of the side effects of antipsychotics include the potential for Diabetes, Tardive Dyskenia, as well as the reality that they suppress dopamine which is the reward system of our brain. There is a reason they call Psychiatrists “shrinks” and these “conventional treatments” are also called “shrink meds”.
So maybe the so-called “party drugs” are not so bad after all. As challenging as life can be sometimes, there may not necessarily be anything wrong with an escape from reality. This is why recreational drugs like LSD are so prevalent at concerts. People like to go to concerts to break the monotony of everyday life. Ever since the ‘60’s, rock n’ roll music and psychedelic drugs have provided an avenue of escape from the mundane of life. This is why rock music has often been dubbed “devil’s music” in religious circles.
The underlying issue that negatively affects our personal growth may not be the escape from reality itself through the use of LSD and other psychedelics; it is more likely the way we go about it, i.e., doing it to excess. This is more because of the lack of education which leads to shame when we do use these substances.
E Bishop Wooten
The Liberal Conservative Blog