A prescription

America needs some drug therapy. There, I said another of those unspeakable truths. I am not talking about more prescription drugs, we take way too many of them already thanks to the endless promotion of them by big pharma and the doctors who see them as an easy way to placate their patients. No, I am speaking of the kind of drugs that might get us away from our addictions to power, money, sex and most of all ambition. Yes, those drugs.

 
The first time I met Lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD, it was still a legal substance being employed on an experimental basis by psychiatrists. A special report on ABC is what piqued my interest. At the time, I was an attorney with the U.S. Justice Department struggling to rationalize my government’s unconscionable actions in Vietnam. A few sessions with the ego busting wonders of LSD and I was able to sort out what was real and what was an illusion. I quit my job and turned to finding ways to build a more just, more human, more caring world that continues to this day.
 
Along the way, I have inhaled, imbibed and used a wide variety of illegal substances, most of which occur naturally in the world. It is my considered opinion that each and every one should be removed from the controlled substances list. Further, it is my opinion that this world would be a far better place if more of you used some of them as well.
 
Now, I know there are some who would abuse the substances, some would make mistakes in when and where or in what quantities, but for the most part, they would be much like a wide variety of currently legal ones that are largely beneficial, like red wines.
 
LSD, when used in a safe environment, can peel away the many illusions that are imposed upon us in this uptight, commercialized anti-human culture we are all subjected to in one degree or another. The effect of the substance is to interfere with the grip of the ego on one’s brain function and open up new possibilities for thinking, and then acting. For all the bad rap the drug has received over the years, most of it is false or distorted. There really is nothing wrong with seeing the world for a few hours without the blinders of one’s ego clouding the view. It just isn’t wise to do so while driving or in an unsafe environment.
 
Marijuana is well know now for its ability to help those undergoing certain medical treatments or who suffer persistent pain. It has a far greater use, the one that really bothers corporate types, and that is its uncanny ability to let people ease up on themselves and retreat from the stress of life. This world is unnecessarily stressful, and all the Prozac type drugs have much worse side effects than pot. In my opinion, this world would be better producing less, stressing less, and loving others more – all side effects of marijuana.
 
I could go on, but most of you have already jumped to conclusions about me and reacted in fairly predictable ways. For example, ecstasy is a marvelous substance that is non-addictive and just makes you feel good. Peyote is one of the most spiritual plants I have ever known.
 
Yes, there are some substances, heroin, opiates in general and almost all methamphetamine based drugs that I avoid at all costs. And I would recommend others avoid them as well. But haven’t we yet learned that prohibition is an ineffective, failed approach to this issue? Have we not filled enough prisons with people whose primary problem was substance abuse to know that it doesn’t work and is driving us into the poor house?
 
Light up, take a hit, make your life better. It works.

 

One Response to "A prescription"

  1. Sandra Price  October 9, 2009 at 9:53 am

    I have a problem with people driving 70 MPH on the freeway talking on a phone. If these people are drugged to the gills I will have to stop driving.

    I’ve never done drugs because I have been a mother for way over 50 years. I did a job with my kids warning them of alcohol and drug addictions. They managed to get through Berkeley without using.

    My work with people has been enough of a drug and with a clear mind I took it all in.

  2. Trotinela  November 30, 2009 at 6:11 am

    Troti

    The big danger is their ilegality itself. That makes it a more powerful temptation, and the media not only confirm this, but it always gives famous examples of people who made a mess of their careers because of using. I admit I tried some of the so-called leisure drugs, which suppossedly don’t give an addiction. I wouldn’t try hard drugs for the life of me, I see around me what an <a rel=”follow” href=”http://www.treatment-centers.net/”>Addiction Treatment</a> can do to you, so my point is we should just legalise it so the government can do a better job in controlling it.

  3. woody188  April 6, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Great piece. I don’t advocate using drugs per se, but I do believe the War on Drugs a failed and costly Reagan era policy that should be ended. Without legal regulation, we leave the sale of drugs up to a black market that pays no taxes and enjoys billions in profits.

    Should drugs be made legal then the CIA would need to find another revenue source for their illegal weapons trafficking, which is the main reason drugs are still illegal to this day. Just ask George HW “Poppy” Bush as he was known when he headed the CIA.

    Don’t believe me. There is a reason poppy production is up since the US invaded Afghanistan. Like we could find Saddam in an underground hole, but can’t find millions of acres of poppy plants on the surface.

  4. dcartlover  April 6, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Here, here! I have consumed similar substances on a number of occasions over the last thirteen years, and I wholly concur. In fact, I actually *advocate* for the consumption of SOME drugs by SOME people. I’m probably more an elitist like Aldous Huxley, and believe that we are all best served by having those with the greatest faculties using them to their most productive end, but any reasonably intelligent person can derive great benefit from psycholytic/psychedelic inner work.

    I have consumed ayahuasca on numerous occasions, and among the many favorable impressions it left on me was that every high school in America needs to have a month of student ayahuasca rituals, and further, that all government policy would be better if steered by ayahuasca-engendered insights. Won’t happen. I know. I can still dream, just like Dr. King.

    To the topic of Afghan opium poppies, perhaps the most ironic facet of the supposed “problem” in Afghanistan is that even *I* can find the poppy fields by using Google Earth!

  5. Uncle Ludwig  April 6, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Removing legal barriers to controlled substances is fine with me, but it should be expanded to include the entire pharmaceutical industry’s efforts to ban other natural substances that are known to relieve a variety of ailments.

    And while we’re at it, let’s look more closely at our agricultural practices that do more harm than good to our health and well-being. According to some in the know, our thousands-of-years-old practices have been steadily destroying our soil world wide for countless generations, resulting in ever weaker nutrient content, higher propensity to wash away, and greater dependence on artificial enhancements that ultimately hurt instead of help us.

    Yeah, there’s a lot we’ve got to do.

  6. griff  April 6, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    The first time I met LSD my left arm turned into a tree branch and sprouted leaves. And that was at the tail end.

    I would agree, but it certainly isn’t for everyone. It takes the right frame of mind or you’re in for a bad ride. I personally never had one, but I know plenty of others that did. One ended up holding up a convenience store and did eight years.

    There also happens to be a former presidential candidate with similar views. In his April 3 blog, Ron Paul lays out his position concerning the “war on drugs” for the umpteenth time…

    “Alcohol prohibition in the 1920′s brought similar violence, gangs, lawlessness, corruption and brutality. The reason for the violence was not that making and selling alcohol was inherently dangerous. The violence came about because of the creation of a brutal black market which also drove profits through the roof.”

    “Similarly today, the best way to fight violent drug cartels would be to pull the rug out from under their profits by bringing these transactions out into the sunlight. People who, unwisely, buy drugs would hardly opt for the back alley criminal dealer as a source, if a coffeehouse-style dispensary was an option.”

  7. Rob Kezelis  April 6, 2009 at 7:57 pm

     Just as the body mechanic was putting the latest effort in repairing this damaged, water filled, mostly carbon, based unit that has been all pain, no gain, he said, "I would strongly suggest smoking some bud. Every patient that has been doing that, shows great relief with no liver damage, no problems and great pain control." 

    being a lawyer, and given Illinois’ current stance of medical marijuana, I cannot follow my doctor’s advice, as much as I would like, and especially given the way codeine makes one way too goofy and wasted to function. In fact, codeine does not kill the pain, it simply makes you not care. nasty medicine. Not for me. 

    My doctor went on – it is analgesic, it relaxes the muscles, it helps with sleep patterns, especially with chronic pain, and you can grow it! 

    Gee, thanks, doc. How about a prescription? No? not yet? OK, if I must wait, I shall.  

  8. bryan mcclellan  April 7, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    It’s time for the States to tell the federal government/DEA drug Mafia (the largest drug cartel) to get off our ass as we are fully capable of regulating ourselves.They have the whole rest of the world to frig around with so have at it and don’t come pissin in our backyard.

  9. tropicaltaco  April 7, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    I grew up thinking I had a pretty good grip on what was going on, not being the most intelligent person in the world, I was clearly in the upper 40%, maybe. I was born into the largest, most established religion and I wasn’t that bad looking.
    My first trip on LSD showed me I was wrong on all counts and I was truly lost, living in a world of lost souls. It was the most horrible and best experience of my life. After all, knowing you are lost is far better than being lost and not knowing it. As a result I began a beautiful and wondrous journey to find my way home, a journey of self discovery where life began happening to me instead me making life happen. I came across a book by John Allegro called The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross that let me know about the relationship of the human body, psychotropic plants and religion. It was the late 60’s and I was so fortunate because so many of my friends and peers were going through the same thing, had I been alone, things might have been different. Peyote had the most profound effect, it is the heaviest blood purifier known to man. Through it all was the reality that getting high was much preferable to getting “out of it”, so chemical drugs and excessive alcohol were out, herbs were in.
    What we are talking about here is a basic human right that has been denied to us, first by Herod and today by the establishment who do not want us to think for ourselves.
    It is true that it is not for everyone, but I believe the world would be a better place if all elected officials pass through a psychotropic ritual of initiation before being elected.
    I would like to try ayahuasca but don’t know where to get it.

    “It is very easy for us to get lost in the mundane world and forget about our connection to spirit. Yet without that connection, we are basically the walking dead”. (Sonbonfu Some’)

  10. griff  April 7, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Nice!

  11. MrHoppy  April 14, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Great story but then all true stories are. Eere..

  12. tabathalupien  October 9, 2009 at 7:51 am

    The war on drugs is certainly a joke and is losing ground rapidly. All that is banned by law generates criminality. Legalizing some of the drugs may lead to lower prescription prices, higher income from taxes and a descending rate of violence and crimes related to them.

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