Prompted by “High Buy: The Psychedelic Light that Makes You Trip”: http://www.hightimes.com/read/high-buy-psychedelic-light-makes-you-trip
“‘I felt the light on my face, almost as if butterfly wings were fluttering around me, then as the voyage continued the constantly melding colors eventually embodied a giant electric-purple butterfly.’
Those were the words of the psychonaut from HIGH TIMES, Cori, who sat in front of the Lucia No. 3 last week and experienced the hypnagogic light machine for the first time. The Lucia No. 3 is a patented Austrian invention that uses light to induce a unique altered state of consciousness…”
“While people may use a lot of strong words to describe the Lucia’s effects, the experience is as gentle a psychedelic voyage could ever be.”
Psychedelic effects from non-drug technology raise even more questions about the demonstrably failed prohibitionist mindset.
Is this light going to be banned for its “high potential for abuse” (quoted from the Controlled Substances Act as the only property with respect to the recreational use of “most dangerous” drugs)?
What about the more rapidly oncoming virtual reality technology that will likely take such effects to unimaginable levels that include seriously heavy mental impressions that can be life-altering for worst through best?
The focus can no longer be selectively upon drug use, but intentional perception alteration itself. That includes drug and other forms of technology, but it also includes expressive reasoning (including spirituality) and literally any other experience intentionally altering perception — all of it capable of being used or abused.
My hope is society will finally put aside the insane confusion ruining literally millions (if not billions) of lives for too many generations in the form of mixing the words use and abuse (especially for selfish agendas), and understand the need to form a definitive hard-line:
Use is an objectively (i.e. conclusively, not suggestively) harmless act.
Abuse is an objectively harmful act.
No more “use disorder”, and certainly no more selfishly swapping use and abuse to support law abuse (i.e. Certain Drug Prohibition with its ironically demonstrated “high potential for abuse”).