"We live in a world of insanity..."
I know you know that I used to do drugs - way, way, back when I wished that the world could be... just... like... Woodstock. I wasn't doped up all the time of course, but I did enjoy my weekends. Fortunately for me, my very best friends became all spiritual - but not religious - and because of peer pressure - Donna and Jim dissing me for being so low class as to continue using - I stopped. Kind of. I didn't do as much, and went on 'trips' by myself. But that's another post.
This morning I was reading an article on how researchers are testing psilocybin, the hallucinogenic ingredient in 'magic mushrooms', to help patients with severe depression. The problem for researchers is the drug is illegal...
David Nutt, (I know!) president of the British Neuroscience Association and professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, said he had been granted an ethical green light and funding for the trial, but regulations were blocking it. "We live in a world of insanity in terms of regulating drugs," Nutt told a neuroscience conference in London on Sunday.No doubt it would work and not only be effective, but highly desirable as well ... the whole world is depressed, right? $$$. Wasn't there a novel about the use of Soma? Soma is like MDMA - yes, I experimented with that too. Ah, too bad. As if the world isn't prescription drugged up enough now?
Psilocybin - or "magic" - mushrooms grow naturally around the world and have been widely used since ancient times for religious rites and also for recreation.
Researchers in the United States have seen positive results in trials using MDMA, a pure form of the party drug ecstasy, in treating post-traumatic stress disorder.
"What we are trying to do is to tap into the reservoir of under-researched illegal drugs to see if we can find new and beneficial uses for them in people whose lives are often severely affected by illnesses such as depression," - Nutt said. - Read more here.
My recreational use is decades past - I don't want drugs in my life. Thanks be to God. Years ago a priest once suggested one of the reasons my conversion experience may have been so extraordinary was that Our Lord needed to overcome the effects of the drugs. He laughed when he said it, but only God knows. God's love is so much greater, deeper, and lasting than anything we can do to ourselves. And no, I was never in treatment - not that it's a bad thing, but my conversion was instantaneous, and I experienced no withdrawal from the drugs or alcohol. Praise God.
Praise His Divine Mercy!
Song for this post here.