Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Turn On. Tune In. Drop Out.

Once again, a quick thank you to BK for throwing this article my way. Don't know what I'd do without ya, buddy.

From The Economist: Research into hallucinogenic drugs begins to shake off decades of taboo

Apparently, according to this article, the New York Public Library has recently purchased the archives of the famous LSD researcher and enthusiast, Timothy Leary. One thing this article fails to illuminate though, is where the documents were purchased from. As the article states, these documents will provide interesting data pertaining to the divide between the original promise seen in the effects of the psychedelic, and its eventual blacklisting. But again, there is no mention of where these documents have been hiding for the last few decades, how much was paid for them, and why they haven't been made available to the public until now.

Psychedelic clinical studies have been undergoing a recent resurgence in popularity. There are researchers who are currently looking into the chemicals for their medical effects on conditions like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, severe anxiety, and cluster headaches, with promising early results across the board. The release of the Leary documents to the public may help to bolster this growing popularity.

The article goes on to explain that it is far too early to know whether or not there are any true legitimate medicinal properties to these drugs. But why do we need clinical properties? Why are we so afraid to simply make something legal because it is enjoyable? The Christian influence on this country, pushing its tenements of guilt and denial of self-indulgence, has had a choke hold on the machinations of the American cultural ideology for far too long. In the words of Terence McKenna, "If the words 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on."

"The statistics show that taking LSD is no more dangerous than signing up for a 4-year course at college. A certain percentage of people who do either are going to get into trouble"

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