Prompted by “The most MDMAzing substance”: http://soberinlondon.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/the-most-mdmazing-substance/
“I always remembered Friend C’s influence in these situations…”
There are thankfully many good people out there playing the role of Friend C to help other people manage challenging psychedelic experiences. Part of Stress Health is properly exploring the frontier of psychedelics and wielding the power of modern entertainment to strengthen that role for everyone during this major popular wave of psychedelic legality. In other words, no one should ever be abandoned to deal with any negativity associated with a psychedelic experience. Fitting help should be easily and readily available.
“I certainly would not campaign for its legality, in the way I perhaps would with cannabis…”
Cannabis is a psychedelic capable of producing seriously powerfully overwhelming experiences (e.g. an amateur cannabis consumer excessively smoking a bong containing an unfriendly-feeling strain — or combination of them). The gamut of psychedelic intake is impressively diverse and typically extends well-beyond popular perception these days. For example, choosing a cannabis strain (or combination of them) can be like choosing what music to listen to, so popularly surprising due to the dominating silence against expressing that broad classification of cannabis effects. Any psychedelic can be mildly consumed to produce minimal tuning of mental stress (e.g. setting an electronic vaporizer to the lowest temperature to produce extremely light cannabis effects). Such tuning can still be positive or negative (i.e. there is no experimental science concluding any harm in moderate psychedelic use, but the experience leads to healthy or unhealthy degrees of stress depending upon the user/abuser mindset and circumstances), and that outcome is reasonably predictable either way (i.e. the effects are reasonably predictable for any user of similar mindset and circumstances). Regardless of the chosen psychedelic, minimal effects (merely one tiniest step from sobriety) assures self-control is easily dominant. The intake intensity spectrum can “swing the pendulum” to the other extreme in which sober perception is overwhelmingly (if not completely — e.g. DMT breakthrough experience) driven by psychedelic effects. Such heavy mental tuning can also be positive or negative (e.g. no harm occurs, while an epiphanic benefit occurs). In short, the chosen drug (and its intensity) is never the issue, but whether or not it fits the moment (i.e. leads to healthy stress or not). As such, selecting certain drugs for illegality makes no sense (especially when considering the arbitrarily — and unfairly, therefore unjustly — legal and excessively disastrous nature of alcohol inebriation), and such selection has led to varying degrees of suffering for millions (if not billions) of non-violent (if not also productive) people for decades.
Your well-written post says a lot about the many psychedelic experiences that our world offers. A powerful momentum to end Cannabis Prohibition exists at least here in the U.S. (including state-sanctioned medical cannabis in almost half of our states and all of Guam, and essentially recreational cannabis freedom in four states). Add high-level talks at our nation’s military headquarters (the Pentagon) involving MDMA in “psytherapy” (I prefer that term over psychotherapy) for those challenged by Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (and elsewhere to help victims of domestic abuse), and other psytherapy sessions helping people with addiction and anxiety. The powerful (and increasingly popularly understood) truth is psychedelics have a seriously positive place within civilization, so demonizing them is destructive and unethical.
In addition to the horrible destruction caused by prohibition (brevity prevents the long list of evidence to support that claim, but you can basically find that list online, and I plan on contributing my view on this urgent matter in future posts here), and the pathetic inability to supply any concrete evidence proving even a slight diminishing of psychedelic intake (as opposed to understandably limited demand — a.k.a. market saturation, and not to mention that I have valuable evidence against prohibitionists in this regard), and you and your audience have complete reasoning to become supremely confident in campaigning (formally or not) for total legality without any list of exceptions. Moreover, this issue is not limited to drugs, but perception alteration itself, which extends to technology and even religion (nonetheless logically everything else — e.g. a misfitting employment situation negatively alters perception).
Future posts here will tackle the “What about heroin?!” argument, age restrictions, and so much more.
Thank you for stopping by and commenting at my journal (I apologize for the delay in “anti-spamming” and approving your comment btw — I’m still new to the WordPress experience and accidentally glanced over comment notification). I hope you will at least discover the wisdom in sufficiently sustaining a growing confidence in advocating ‘proper education over prohibition’ to sensibly allow psychedelic use to positively help in many ways (mildly to profoundly), while also continuing to healthily meet the challenge of preventing (including potentially horrific) psychedelic abuse as part of the ‘war’ on stupidity that I will be likely often posting about here at my journal. As a follower of your journal, I assume more communication on this important subject will come.