Scientists explain why alcohol is not doing you any good, and why psychedelics may be used as an alternative medical treatments for various illnesses in the near future.
Each new study shows that we sabotage ourselves with each glass of alcohol, fueling depression and negative thoughts that consume a poor soul up to the point of suicide. For any mental health issue there is, alcohol can aggravate the condition by turning it into something worse that requires advanced medication, which eventually takes its toll on our body and mind.
Simply put, it has no overall benefits except for disinfecting local wounds. A late study involving 130,000 American adults (of which 19,299 were familiar with psychedelics) made no connection between the consumption of psychedelic substances and any mental health problem.
The study funded by the Research Council of Norway, focused on clinical conditions such as depression symptomatology, psychological distress, and anxiety, before and after the psychedelic effects of LSD and psilocybin.
Furthermore, alcohol is responsible or at least is directly related to depression, suicides, domestic violence and most of the crimes you can imagine, encouraging a behavior not fit for the civilized and modern man.
On the opposite side, drug experts have easilyt concluded that compared to alcohol users, people who use LSD and mushrooms as a recreational tool are not exposed to the illnesses that an alcohol user is more likely to suffer from. In addition to this, alcohol users are more prone to a self-damaging addiction than in the case of traditional psychotrophics, such as magic mushrooms, LSD or DMT.
Propaganda played the key part in creating the widespread stigma in reference to psychedelic drugs, having no benefits apart from recreational use. Easy to abuse, many think even today that psychedelics can destroy brain cells and many more rumors that are too absurd to be mentioned. Those who have such opinions usually have no problem with alcohol or cigarettes abuse, finding it a natural social habit.
Teri Krebs, neuroscientist at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, strongly disagrees, claiming that “Drug experts consistently rank LSD and psilocybin mushrooms as much less harmful to the individual user and to society compared to alcohol and other controlled substances.”
“Many people report deeply meaningful experiences and lasting beneficial effects from using psychedelics,” Krebs said.
Popular author and Stanford phylosophy graduate Sam Harris described his personal experience with psychdelic drugs as mind-expanding, granting him with an undeniable long-term alteration of his perception and a spiritual refining. In his interview, Harris maintains an unbias attitude, advising everyone to be cautious since many hallucinogenic drugs are basicly neurotoxins. Keeping this in mind, a determined seeker of truth can safely use these substances as a gateway to the wilderness of consciousness.
Lucid minds like Krebs and Harris, unlink any corelation between mental issues and the use of psychedelic substances. Someday, if not anytime soon, we might get our medicine in the form of a paper square of mushroom labeled other than a corporation’s name and logo.
However, even among scientists there are individuals like dr. Howard Forman, who do not favour the placement of psychedelic drugs along heavy hitters like Viagra and Prozac, but can’t deny LSD’s or psilocybin’s potental in advanced therapy. “Are psychedelic class medications ready for prime-time? I don’t think so,” he said. “But might they become essential parts of the psychiatrist’s toolbox in the future given proper oversight? That can’t be ruled out.”
The biggest hindrance comes from approaching the research of psychedelics from the government’s perspective, having outlawed the use of these substances, despite psychedelics have been repeteadly proven to be a universal panaceea.
Still, the government refuses to have any second thoughts on this matter, displaying a disregardful atitude towards those who face mental health issues everyday of their lives.