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The Hidden Reality Behind The War on Drugs

Updated on November 7, 2016
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For Some Perspective

A drug is a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body. So what we commonly think of as drugs, are actually only a small fraction of the drugs commonly used by people everyday. Going by the definition it is reasonable to say that coffee, cigarettes, energy drinks, cupcakes, advil, tylenol, and even water are all drugs. A funny thing I like to tell people that often surprises them, is that Oreos are around 7 times as addictive as cocaine. What people don't seem to realize is that everyday sugar is more addictive than cocaine and heroin. That's one of the main reasons for our obesity epidemic that is causing problems for all ages and groups of people.

Cannabis

My Grandma was diagnosed with cancer. At the time I was slightly confused because she wasn't actually very scared at all. I asked her why, and she said to me in her calm voice, "I'll take concentrated THC oil with my food and I'm sure the cancer will clear up right away." I was surprised by her confidence and lack of fear, so I began to research into this taboo drug. Cannabis is an incredibly useful resource, providing upwards of 50,000 different uses. It can kill cancer cells, be used for more durable textiles, paper, and building materials. Cannabis remains illegal because the industries which would suffer losses from its legality, spend millions of dollars every year to lobby government in a successful effort to keep the immensely useful crop illegal. These industries include forestry, textiles, adhesives, concrete and so much more. At one point it was the law in the USA to grow cannabis, in an effort to boost the economy, and keep farmland healthy. To simplify the complex nature of this plant I've provided a few info-graphics below.

Summary of Uses

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Modern Uses For Hemp
Mental and Physical Health Benefits
Mental and Physical Health Benefits

Psychedelics

I'll be focusing on two main psychedelics which are schedule one drugs in the USA, magic mushrooms (psilocybin) and LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide). Magic mushrooms and LSD surprisingly have a number of benefits and are relatively harmless in responsible use. They have both been shown to improve psychiatric conditions, and with the hyper-connected brain state they provide, people can more easily gain a more suitable level of self knowledge, and understand what motivates their idiosyncrasies.

Why Are Useful Substances Illegal?

The question I would like to leave with you today, after reading this article, is why? Why are these useful substances illegal? Who is motivated to keep them illegal? How do they benefit?

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Should useful drugs remain illegal?

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My Opinion

Personally I find it absolutely sickening and immoral that the men and women in government who have used drugs now turn around and keep them illegal. They are essentially trading in some of their own morality, in exchange for money. However, it is somewhat difficult to be angry, because I recognize that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The separation of state and economics is arguably as crucial as a separation of church and state, for the simple reason that in this current system there are conflicts of interest around every corner. If we are to have a government, we need to watch them closely. If we allow government to go on creating immoral legislature, we are only breaking apart our culture, unity, and happiness. Personal responsibility is the only solution I can currently think of. Do not go along with the status quo, follow your conscience and do what you know is right.

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