(ANTIMEDIA) — A groundbreaking new study shows that magic mushrooms may actually be an effective treatment for people with depression. Researchers from Imperial College London found that patients taking psilocybin, the psychoactive compound that occurs naturally in magic mushrooms, showed reduced symptoms weeks after treatment following a “reset” of their brains.
It always makes me wonder when this country will ever make peace with drugs and drug culture in order to actually use drugs for good purposes. In reality I don’t expect that to happen. As a country we are quite juvenile—we’ve never quite grown up. Moderation and facts are not things we are partial to. That and the patriarchal society of government. Big Daddy. The “kids” can’t be allowed to have such things available. The fear is that the whole country would end up in one mad orgy of drugs. Not just the factions that have them now. Unregulated in the underground.
The greatest success marker for illegal drugs: Drug Kingpins. By keeping drugs illegal—natural or manufactured—we keep the drug cartels in business.
This reminds me of R.D. Laing, psychiatrist, and his experiments. He worked with and studied psychosis. He had great success with LSD and psychotics, especially schizophrenia. This was back in the 1970s and 80s. His was a radical approach and went against the popular thinking of the day. (No surprise there.) I believe a few in the field today have begun to look at the possibility of natural drugs in the treatment of mental illness. Some progress has been reported. But Laing did more than just use drugs. He worked with the patients as partners. He listened to them, communicated with them. What were they trying to communicate? What or who were they communicating with?
Ah yes, let’s open The Doors of Perception.