War on Drugs or War on Cognitive Liberty?

An interesting TEDx discussion of the use of mind altering substances, including ayahuasca and marijuana, and the relative stigma associated with these drugs in our culture, as opposed to the glorified stimulants and depressants such as caffeine and alcohol. It’s interesting to ponder why it is that drugs such as LSD, ayahuasca, MDMA, and marijuana, which have successfully been used therapeutically or for treatment of such problems as PTSD and addictions, are villainized in our culture. On the flip side, we have substances that numb us to reality and our selves and are highly addictive, and quickly create chronic health problems, yet are celebrated. Heck, some people even group standards of the American diet such as meat, refined carbohydrates and alternative sweeteners and stimulants (like energy drinks) into the latter group of substances that repress the individual’s physical, mental and spiritual health. Let your mind play:

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