Monday, March 09, 2015

the chemical muse at the root of western civilization

theatlantic |  In a massive study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, scientists at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology at Trondheim concluded that there is no link between use of LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) and mental health problems. The study selected 135,000 participants at random—including 19,000 who had used psychedelic drugs—and found no evidence linking such drugs to the onset of mental disorders.

"Over 30 million U.S. adults have tried psychedelics and there just is not much evidence of health problems," author and clinical psychologist Pål-Ørjan Johansen said.

Johanesen was careful to acknowledge that users of psychedelic drugs are not immune to bad trips, and are as susceptible as anyone else to mental health issues. But his findings negate a common perception that drugs like LSD put users directly in danger—a justification used in criminalization.

Most psychedelic drugs—including LSD and psilocybin—have been illegal in the United States since 1970, the year President Richard Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act. The legislation classified LSD and mushrooms under Schedule 1, prohibiting not only their consumption and sale but also their use in medicine. Research into the therapeutic benefits of psychedelic drugs largely froze after decades of frenetic scientific investigation.


woodensplinter said...

The politics of consciousness has everything to do with control. Only state-sanctioned consciousness is allowed. Otherwise, how will currently prevailing methods of livestock management remain effective?

BigDonOne said...

Stop doing this (Suge Knight iq75violence...) [extremely graphic video]

rohan said...

lol, Dawn, Constructive Feedback, and Sheriff Clarke need to get a room, bring a bucket of Crisco and put down some plastic sheets.

Constructive_Feedback said...

Rohan: That was actually funny.

Ignorant to reality of the situation, but funny.

BigDonOne said...

Ding iq75donuts should also be avoided...

rohan said...

@ignorant to the reality of the situation

Judging from Dawn's red-meat pole dancing (no homo) maybe y'all don't need cowboy Ruckus, and his leather jock and chaps after all

Dale Asberry said...

Don't forget iq75posterchildren...

CNu said...

Since this banter has descended into the bowels of the juvenile and the absurd, (pause) I'll take a stab Bro.Feed. Pleasure me, MB Tell me ONE TIME that Ta-Nehisi Coates has EVER told
the "Americanized Negro" that the over-insertation of his HIS
CONSCIOUSNESS into POLITICS poses a risk that leaves him vulnerable to
accepting "CONFIDENCE MAN NARRATIVES" which INFERIORIZE the ability of
Black people to erect a system of COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE INSTITUTIONS
through which the "criminal element" (which he said was made that way by
the theft of Black culture) would be made into WELL BALANCED MEN - are
able to disarm the Black community from seeing its endemic
responsibility to be the stewards of these young men?The level of organization required to practically self-police segregated and impoverished black communities - has not ever been - and would not ever be permitted to flourish in any American city in America.

As extrajudicial authorities would have to be arrogated to the members of any such undertaking, and the exercise of real force/power/violence be an inevitable and necessary tool of such an organization, it would automatically fall under the baleful scrutiny of the elite civic leadership within its municipal jurisdiction, as well as the local, state, and federal law enforcement aparatus. Given the trifling, backward, and technologically backward nature of those most available and most willing to at least pay lip service to such an undertaking, it would also inevitably be the case that many prospective members would leak information to those inimical to the existence of any such black cosa nostra.

Since the decline and dismantling of the Nation of Islam, no other analogous organization has risen up to fill that political vacuum.

Constructive_Feedback said...

I can accept this as accurate analysis BUT we must also note the various "people's" whose "Goal Of Self-Perpetuation" as the present situation became too hostile to this end and thus they voluntarily migrated:

* Various Saharan societies as desertification became a threat to their livelihood
* Various Aboriginal "Hunting And Gathering" societies that followed their "hoofed source of animal protein" as the herd migrated

(Please appreciate that I purposely left out White Europeans who migrated for claimed pursuit of "Religious Liberties" while, in turn they gave the Native American aboriginal people hell in the process)

IF "Self-Perpetuation" is an endemic to all sentient beings then I cannot accept that the "Negro In America" can't perform similar actions.
It just won't be by mass choice.

Maybe we are living in the "Run Up To The Herd Culling Process"

CNu said...

The tribes of the North Atlantic swarmed into the new world chasing sugar The world has reached a turning point in net available energy, irreplaceable material resources, and the biosphere itself. The mass culture absorbed in conspicuous consumption will be replaced by intentional cultures of competence.