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Jul. 13th, 2006 | 11:59 am
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Mushroom magic put to test

"The study, published this week in the journal Psychopharmacology, is believed to be the first of its kind since the 1960s. Until then, compounds of the drugs had been used in psychotherapy but the practice fell into disrepute as their abuse led to severe side effects.

The Johns Hopkins study involved 36 healthy, educated adults. Most were middle-aged and had no family history of psychosis or bipolar disorder.

At two eight-hour drug sessions held at two-month intervals, they were given either the hallucinogen psilocybin, the active agent in magic mushrooms, or a placebo.

More than 60 per cent had a mystical experience when given psilocybin. More than two-thirds rated it in the top five most meaningful and spiritual experiences in their lives, likening it to the birth of a child or the death of a parent. One in three said it was their single most spiritually significant experience.

However, one-third reported significant adverse reactions, such as fear and paranoia."

This reminds me of something..

A few days ago there was a story in the paper saying how a singaporean who went overseas and used marijuana there was arrested upon returning to singapore. He wasn't arrested for possession or for use in singapore, he was arrested based on a urine test. It raises some interesting questions.. such as, if a singaporean went to amsterdam and got high, would they then be arrested after returning to singapore, even though they had broken no laws of the country they visited? And if they hit the bong in Australia, would they be penalized with singaporean penalties upon returning, even though it is only borderline illegal in Australia?

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talking to Bill de Graaf

from: anonymous
date: Jul. 15th, 2006 08:09 am (UTC)

Hi - talking to Bill at the Trivia Night last night - he was commenting on the success of decriminalising drugs such as heroin in the Netherlands.

I find it a bit pathetic that someone's "single most spiritually significant experience" is the result of swallowing an external something, rather than a life experience that I judge as more significant or meaningful such as birth of child or death of parent.

An Alice wanting there to be more meaning to existence than "drink me" or "eat me".


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Re: talking to Bill de Graaf

from: btherl
date: Jul. 27th, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)

I understand your point.

I don't regard an experience induced by drugs as necessarily inferior to an experience induced by some other influence, internal or external.

I'm not sure that internal and external is the right comparison either.. maybe "natural" and "unnatural"?

In my mind, the difference is culture-driven also. Not all cultures regard death in the same way.

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