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LSD as effective medicine. Pat Robertson as a cheerleader for marijuana law reform

Mar 12, 2012 LSD as effective medicine. Pat Robertson as a cheerleader for marijuana law reform

I grew up afraid of LSD, afraid of bad trips, of people who secretly slip LSD to others, and of being permanently messed up by it. Therefore, I have never tried it.

Then came along my introduction to Ram Dass around 1991, and my brief and indelible personal meeting with him in 2003 as he received audience members after a talk in Washington, D.C., which led me to learn more about the fierce grace of his stroke, that reminded him in such a painful way that we are not defined by our bodies, and should not be attached to them. Trained academically as a psychologist, Ram Dass — a fellow graduate of Tufts University — has spoken of LSD as a glimpse into what is available on the spiritual path of non-attachment.

Also came studies suggesting that LSD might be beneficial medicine for certain serious ailments. I started reconsidering whether LSD has good benefits, which apparently it has, even though I still have no impetus to try it myself.

A recent Norwegian scientific report in the Journal of Psychopharmacology reviews data of LSD tests in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and points to the possible benefits of LSD towards alleviating serious alcoholism, and suggests further research into the benefit of psychdelic drugs for alcoholism.

Beyond LSD, Scientific American recently reported  that: "In the last decade or so, however, a new generation of researchers have been interested in harnessing the therapeutic benefits of illicit drugs — such as 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or ecstasy) for post-traumatic stress disorder, ayahuasca for drug and alcohol dependency, and psilocybin, the active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms, for smoking cessation."

Although I would prefer more efforts to use non-drug approaches to resolve people’s physical and psychological ailments, I also want to see marijuana legalized and all other drugs heavily decriminalized. The less that LSD is demonized, the sooner we are on the road to drug decriminalization.

With marijuana, I have long urged legalization. Thanks to Pat Robertson for coming on board, recently affirming that "I became sort of a hero of the hippie culture, I guess, when I said I think we ought to decriminalize the possession of marijuana."

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