At Alternet, Can Psychedelics Make You Happier?
Research suggests that psychedelics may be better than antidepressants, which tend to dampen or suppress psychological problems without necessarily curing them.
Interesting article, and a lot worth exploring in this area – an area where research has been, of course, hampered by the usual forces.
But when the government made them illegal in 1968, research in the U.S. ceased. As Sgt. Joe Friday said that year in the cop drama Dragnet, â€œDonâ€™t you con me with your mind expansion slop.â€
Only in the late 1990s did federal regulators begin easing restrictions on controlled experiments with psychedelics. â€œItâ€™s experiencing a rebirth after being pretty much totally dormant for 30 years,â€ Richards said […]
But while Doblin is pleased that scientists are once again able to legally study psychedelics, he said that obtaining funding for such research is still difficult. No federal agency will direct money toward experiments involving substances that the Food and Drug Administration classifies as illegal, and the obvious funding alternative â€” the pharmaceutical industry â€” isnâ€™t interested: Psychedelics cannot be patented and are meant only to be taken in small doses.
â€œNo oneâ€™s going to take one psilocybin pill before breakfast and another one after dinner for 30 years,â€ Doblin said.
We have a drug problem in our country. No, not that drug problem. I’m talking about the fact that we have a completely dysfunctional approach to determining which drugs people should take and which ones they shouldn’t, which is more guided by profit and politics than by health and science.