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Thursday, April 07, 2016

Why are Illegal Drugs Illegal in the First Place?

Why is Heroin Illegal? Obviously we all know the answer. It's bad for you - very bad. But then why is Morphine and Oxycontin not illegal? All of these are highly addictive, yet only Heroin is banned, which does not solve the problem anyway since Heroin is available for anybody who wants to use - at a much higher cost than if it were legal.

Look at the pie chart above and you will see where our problem lies. It lies with prescription drugs. The World Health Organisation estimates that in the US approximately 100 000 people die of prescription drugs every year and about two million are permanently negatively affected or by using these drugs, while only about 15 000 die of illegal drugs every year. Why are illegal drugs illegal then?

What makes this even more astonishing is that illegal drugs with potential to heal people of major psychological problems or give them necessary spiritual insights are also banned. Why are these banned?

LSD - Ability to help people drop addictions like alcoholism and can help with treating anxiety.
MDMA (Ecstasy) -  Can help people get rid of PTSD and treat anxiety.
Psilocybin (Magic Mushrooms) - OCD, PTSD and anxiety.
Marijuana - Helps relieve pain and nausea, especially with cancer patients. Helps with epilepsy and a host of other disorders.
Ibogaine - Cures people of Heroin and drug Addiction.
Ayahuasca - Many healing properties such as helping to cure addiction and helping people connect with the spiritual side of the universe.

One may say that these drugs could be harmful, but so are prescription drugs, but we still use them. Strangely enough a medicine like Ayahuasca, which is terrible tasting and makes one purge is also illegal. Why would anybody want to abuse it? People use drugs illegally to have a good time, but with Ayahuasca very often one does not have such a great time - with exceptions.

The idea is created that there is another motive here. We take a lot of our direction from the US FDA. When the US FDA approves a drug it is accepted as safe, but the FDA loves money. When people love money they invariably have a very high chance of doing things for the wrong reason and for political reasons. The Pharmaceutical Companies make billions of dollars each year from pushing drugs. If they cannot make money off it they will not ask the FDA to research it and to research the new drug by means of clinical trials costs a lot of money.

Therefore we are probably stuck in this position because of our love of money. It is not about the health of people, it's about making money. The question you must ask yourself is, is this the world I want to live in?

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