Top 5 Myths About Psychedelics Busted
Psychedelics have been a part of human culture since the dawn of time. It is only recently that they have been shunned. So let’s take a look at the myths surrounding them, and show them as false.
Traditional psychedelics, such as magic mushrooms, LSD and DMT all have the potential to better humankind. It is something scientists are now beginning to recognise, and are furiously conducting research on with hopes of creating a better tomorrow. However, psychedelics remain illegal across the globe, hampering potential research and the freedom for us to expand our consciousness. This is largely thanks to many of the misinformed myths that surround their use, so it is time to debunk some of them.
5. PSYCHDELICS ARE ILLEGAL FOR A GOOD REASON
This is an overarching myth, which runs the assumption that because most psychedelics are illegal, it must be for good reason. It is, in itself, self-perpetuating. The psychedelics listed above are not known to be toxic, and there is no scientific evidence to suggest they are dangerous, so why are they illegal? It is about control. Although we live in a democratic society, it is also a dominator society – whereby authoritarian power is maintained in a hierarchy thanks to fear and force. Such a society would not be easy to maintain with the inspiration, understanding and desire to question things around us that psychedelics impart. As a result, the ruling party cannot allow psychedelics to be used on a large scale. As
Terrance McKenna eloquently put it:
“Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.”
4. PSYCHDELICS MAKE YOU GO CRAZY
Psychedelics have been used for thousands upon thousands of years – ever since homosapiens began walking the earth, and probably even before. It is only within the last one hundred years or so that the concept that psychedelics could cause mental illness has arisen. As just as quickly as it has risen, it has been knocked down. There is a great deal of research to show there is no link between psychedelic use and mental health problems. In fact, psychedelics are thought to be some of the least harmful drugs around, to both the person and society.
3. YOU WILL HAVE ACID FLASHBACKS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE
The idea that you could have immersive flashbacks of a terrible trip for the rest of your life is a downright lie, spread by the DEA near the beginning of the War on Drugs. It is possible, for an extremely small minority, to develop hallucinogen persisting perception disorder, in which the user gets minor visual distortions, such as flashing colours and visions of fractals. But this is extremely rare, and scientists believe it could also be linked to underlying neurological disorders.
2. PSYCHDELIC DRUGS WILL FRY YOUR BRAIN
Linking back into a previous point, not only do fear mongers say that psychedelics can cause mental illness, but actual physical harm to your brain as well. Once again, there is no evidence of such a risk. For example, the toxic dose of psilocybin, the main psychoactive compound of magic mushrooms, is scientifically estimated to be 2,000 times higher than the dose required to induce a psychedelic trip. It is not a practical dose you can take, making it virtually impossible for it to harm you. The only danger is the possibility of having a bad trip.
1. PSYCHEDLICS HAVE NO MEDICINAL VALUE
The worst myth of them all, and a travesty that prevents scientists formulating potentially life changing medicine. There is a great deal of clinical evidence that psychedelics can be used as part of assisted therapy for many conditions, resulting in almost immediate, long-lasting and significant improvement in the patient’s condition. This ranges from things like depression and PTSD, couples therapy, coming to terms with a terminal illness, and even potentially preventing brain damage during clinical death. Yet despite this, many governments across the globe class psychedelic drugs in the worst band of illicit substances, having no medical value. It is a failure on a monumental level, and proof that citizen welfare is not their primary concern. The world we live in, where dangerous substances like tobacco and alcohol are legal, but life changing psychedelics are classed as the worst of the worst, is an extremely strange one. And they say that psychonauts are insane…