Opinion

Fighting Drug War Tyranny

I have no doubt that the occasional use of criminalized plants, including psychedelics, would improve my life, make me a better person, help me enjoy nature and art, and encourage me to help others. It would also entirely obviate my need to...

Put the DEA on Trial

Liberal critics of the drug war keep saying that it’s failed. But this misses the point, because it implies that the drug war was not necessarily a bad idea, but merely one that turned out to be ineffective in combating illegal drug...

This is your brain on Drug War propaganda

If you want evidence that the American people have been bamboozled by the Drug War, just search the Web for “famous drug users.” Almost all of the “hits” will feature the judgmental term “addiction” (rather than “habituation” or “use”) and almost none...

Why American Drug Policy is Insane

First America takes away the citizens’ right to manage their own pain by rendering opium illegal. Then the American psychiatric field decides that it will treat the resultant epidemic of depression by damaging the patient’s brain, i.e. by treating depressed patients using...

Why Hollywood Owes Richard Nixon an Oscar

Hollywood owes Richard Nixon a posthumous Oscar. If the 37th president of the United States had not launched a paramilitary crackdown on the use of naturally-occurring substances in the early ‘70s, we would have no movies like the following:

You are immortal. The drug war isn’t.

Recent research has clearly demonstrated that psychedelic inebriation is associated with decreased activity in the brain. That’s right: the more vivid the imagery and insights that you access in your “trip,” the less active the brain is. This is the exact opposite...

Six problems with Mike Wise’s Anti-psychedelic Memoir of the Sixties

According to the title of Mike’s memoir, the ‘60s tore his family apart. But a more accurate title would have been, “psychedelics tore my family apart,” as the author seems determined to put the blame for his unhappy childhood on his parents’...