The big bad marijuana drug

Reads: 33  | Likes: 0  | Shelves: 1  | Comments: 2

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • Pinterest
  • Invite

Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

I am prescribed cannabis by a current practitioner in a legal route for legitimate medical reasons and I do not drive as per Australian law regarding medical cannabis and driving. I am not an illicit user of cannabis but I used to be. (Nothing has changed, but now I have a piece of paper saying I'm allowed to consume cannabis, and I'm missing a bunch of money from clinic and therapist fees, oh and the quality of cannabis available to me is much better :)) Also people find it harder to judge you when you have a legitimate doctor's authority and aren't just trying to rough it on your own - in the latter case the stigma, prejudice, and tacit looks of disapproval are horrific - as if you are lesser for being a drug user. But suddenly you're prescribed it and it's ok. Makes sense?

Watch now as the big bad marijuana drug that was talked shit about all throughout our childhood and adolescence becomes as legal as alcohol and meanwhile psilocin (mushrooms) will become the new medical cannabis fad.

 

Since the early twentieth century, the official agenda in the US was that psychoactive drugs (including cannabis and mushrooms (but not cigarettes and alcohol)) were dangerous and must be restricted. This was orchestrated.

 

Heck - legislation was introduced deliberately to the detriment of lower socioeconomic groups (blacks and Mexicans in particular) (and then later on in the 60's they intentionally flooded the ghettos with crack cocaine to make it easier to arrest and send blacks to private prisons).

 

These drugs were deemed to possess "no medical value" and demonised by authorities, as soon as the CIA was done with their little mind control experiments in the late 50's-early 60's. They were oh-so interested in LSD, and cannabis (which they refined into an injectable form and called 'sugar').

 

It's no coincidence these drugs became illegal in the late 60's - when the war on drugs was declared. The government learnt from alcohol prohibition. They saw the opportunity for political leverage and firmly grasped it like any self-respecting slimy and desperate politicians would.

 

They’ll do whatever they want to you, and you’ll take it, and so will I, because in our tragic lives, we are not afforded freedom, but swiftly pick up the scraps and attempt to maintain our dignity and the delusions that come with this lifestyle.

 

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” - Oscar Wilde

 

So now after a firm century of deliberately misleading anti-drug legislation,

and almost half a century of wasted research opportunities

(God knows what we missed out on, and if we'll ever find it again),

 

we've all us lemmings hopped onto the lemming train and sparkled down lemming lane,

constantly distracted by silly games, and yet acting as though it were all the same -

because us lemmings are simply told what to do,

and in our innocent nature don't question the rules,

makes in the mind for a silly spool,

and the Animal Farm turns the lemmings fools.


Submitted: September 15, 2021

© Copyright 2021 olive tree. All rights reserved.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • Pinterest
  • Invite

Add Your Comments:

Comments

moa rider

I've not had so much as a puff of the stuff, but I'd never let one of my nursery workers drive a tractor on a Monday... his judgment was always a bit off. I have no idea what the ancient religious writers were on, but they had more visions than someone on LSD! And look at the mess they've created! Usianguke

Thu, September 16th, 2021 10:25pm

Author
Reply

Thanks for reading! I actually ended up writing a whole piece in response -_- so I don't expect you to read it but here you go.

Whatever the drug, it's the dose that makes the difference between a medicine and a poison. Taking precautions with the effects of psychoactive drugs isn't unreasonable, either (about the tractor driver).

Actually Usianguke, the interesting thing there about LSD...

Its inventor - Albert Hofmann - wrote a book about it called “LSD - My Problem Child”. In the book, he discusses some very interesting ideas regarding what he refers to as “The Eleusinian Mysteries”.

These were initiation ceremonies held annually in Ancient Greece for the cult of the Goddesses Demeter and Persephone (Goddess of the harvest and agriculture, and her daughter, Goddess of the underworld).

Some of these ceremonies involved drinking a special brew called kykeon which was made of water, barley, and pennyroyal. Note barley.

Ergot is a fungus that grows on barley and contains lysergic acid which is the precursor to LSD (semi-synthetic), itself psychoactive. The consumption of ergot-tainted barley was the cause of St Anthony’s Fire in 944 AD and killed 20,000 people. Dozens of similar tragedies were recorded historically.

Anyway, fragments of ergot were discovered in a temple dedicated to the Eleusinian Goddesses excavated in the Mas Castellar site of Girona in Spain and also within a vase and a man’s dentures.

This evidence suggests the Ancient Greeks were getting high off substances, likely derivatives of lysergic acid, which were pharmacologically similar to LSD. Probably ergot-tainted barley.

As you say accounts of visions are ubiquitous throughout history and frequently influenced by drugs, especially psychedelic drugs like psilocin mushrooms and LSD.

These ceremonies lent a special emphasis to visions. This is likely due to the nature of psychedelic drugs, which “open the doors of perception” as Aldous Huxley said and often cause spiritual experiences involving visions (or otherwise open-eye and closed-eye visuals) given “the right dose, set, and setting”, as Timothy Leary once advised.

It’s not just the visuals - particularly at higher doses there’s the potential for other significant sensory alterations such as related to colour and geometry, and even synesthesia (where you see sounds etc.), or even experience additional spacial or temporal dimensions. The value of the effects of these drugs is predominantly subjective.

Alexander Shulgin, the legendary chemist, said of LSD in his book TIKHAL, “In the case of LSD, it seems presumptuous to attempt to select typical comments for quotation. Literally thousands of reports are in the literature, from early exploratory research, to clinical applications for treatment of autism, of alcoholism, or mental illness, to assisting in psychotherapy and in the dying process, to the adventures of the military in both intelligence and chemical warfare, to innumerable anecdotal tales of pleasure and pain. Dozens of books have been devoted to these topics.”

In any case psychedelic drugs like LSD are far less intoxicating in the way alcohol is, and much healthier in terms of harm and addiction potential, despite contrary perception of much of the public. LSD and magic mushrooms are both about to be approved for medicinal use in the US. Recent research makes psychedelic drugs look like the panacea, and in many ways they are, given how interesting their effects, and perhaps this is what gave the the ceremonies of The Eleusinian Mysteries their significance.

According to the English transcriber Thomas Taylor, "the dramatic shows of the Lesser Mysteries occultly signified the miseries of the soul while in subjection to the body, so those of the Greater obscurely intimated, by mystic and splendid visions, the felicity of the soul both here and hereafter, when purified from the defilements of a material nature and constantly elevated to the realities of [spiritual] vision."

According to Plato, "the ultimate design of the Mysteries ... was to lead us back to the principles from which we descended, ... a perfect enjoyment of [spiritual] good."

Thu, September 16th, 2021 5:07pm

moa rider

Country kids here collected ergot on the side of the road growing on cocksfoot grass... for the wounded in both world wars. They were told that it stops bleeding, which was probably to stop the kids trying it. I've tried to find what was actually done with it, but found nothing. Jean Auel in her fictional books wrote about the use of datura, both for killing pain and for talking to spirts - she obviously researched it. A couple of my forestry workers boiled up a brew of it and had to be stomach-pumped. They were told that they would have recurring effects for the rest of their lives, but that didn't happen. Usianguke

Fri, September 17th, 2021 4:39am

Author
Reply

Very interesting as always. I wonder if the kids were on to something. Ergot does stop bleeding - I didn’t know they used it in crude form during war - the particular drug still used today is ergometrine which stops bleeding by constricting blood vessels, mainly used after childbirth.

Ergometrine is what’s known as a serotonin antagonist (blocks serotonin activity in the brain) whereas lysergic acid is an agonist (acts like “super”-serotonin).

LSD is simply the result of reacting one chemical called diethylamine with pure lysergic acid. There are many lysergic acid derivatives that show poor serotonergic activity or none at all.

LSD seemed like a miracle. Drove the CIA crazy trying to figure out what to do with it. These days there’s research chemicals on the black market that are similar in structure to LSD but cheaper and different and perhaps legal, which have only been around for a few decades or less.

But yeah, crude ergot brew does not for a fun time sound!! (Although you can do this relatively safely with Hawaiian baby wood rose seeds and toad stool mushrooms, if you know what to do, and they contain lysergic acid and muscimol, respectively.)

Thu, September 16th, 2021 10:10pm

Facebook Comments

More Non-Fiction Essays

Other Content by olive tree

Short Story / Religion and Spirituality

Short Story / Religion and Spirituality

Short Story / Romance