What does everyone think are the best avenues for psychedelic advocacy? Like how can we best advocate for legalization of all psychedelic substances? Curious to hear what people think!
FWIW, I expect that acceptance for legitimate medical use is probably the first step (as with cannabis) but I also seriously doubt that open legalization will ever happen, especially in today’s political climate. Unfortunately, as long as there are people who will be irresponsible in their use of powerful psychotropic substances, they’ll be kept from those of us who would approach them with due caution and respect. Such is the way of the world today.
I agree with @Sojourner that medical route is the best bet. This gets me thinking of a broader question though. I’m pretty sure psychedelics are much safer than tobacco and alcohol. So ethically/philosophically - if those are legal then so should psychedelics (and cannabis). If one wants to keep psychedelics illegal then alcohol and tobacco shouldn’t be legal either. There’s a logical flaw to the policy but clearly it’s because of politics
I remain hopeful and believe that if more resources continue to be put into psychedelic research for therapeutic purposes and mental health we can see the legalization of psychedelics in the foreseeable future.
I’d say the best way to advocate is to keep people informed on the facts and try to rid the negative stigma surrounding it without using unnecessary jargon.
Although, one thing that I can see being an obstacle for psychedelic advocacy is a high-profile death, then we might be back to square zero.
Totally agree with everything you said!
It’s interesting to me that the pure idea of hallucinating is seen as such a taboo, harmful, illegal experience. Whereas people seem not to have any problem with drunkenness and intoxication.
It seems pretty obvious that some sort of psychedelic experience can be like a “reset button” for people who are struggling with mental health. I don’t see what the purported danger is either especially in a supervised environment. These are not physically addictive like tobacco, and they don’t destroy the body like cigarettes and (to a smaller extent) alcohol.
Right now there is a fairly large group of people who are conducting their own studies, following pretty well-defined criteria by recognized organizations. This is what will finally bring this mainstream, and it will happen fast once it starts.
Careful study, notes, and purpose. The materials are everywhere and available if one does the research.
It’s an exciting time, especially on the ground floor!
MAPS.org is a good start — you can join their mailer list. In general, more societal awareness (media exposure?) is necessary for wide adaptation. Most people still have outdated information and understanding of psychedelics. I believe Re-education may be required to reverse the effect of longstanding misinformtion, and in turn, misunderstanding. For example, LSD remaining Schedule I has no valid scientific ground, and such categorization is very harmful to how it is perceived. Better informed conversation based on fact has to happen first before society moves significantly.
For one thing, regarding natural psychedelics, it’s gross to me that these have been criminalized because cultures have been using them for centuries as a healing tool. To me, this was just another way to keep destroying cultures different from the main Western one, even tho before the current Western world culture existed, they also had their own psychedelic treatments. Psychedelics are not some new phenomenon at all. Ketamine itself is synthetic but mushrooms, Ayahuasca, peyote, etc??? Illegal?? There was zero scientific basis for that at all. If ppl abuse something, yes, that can result in bad things, but as someone said earlier, tobacco products and alcohol get abused and are still legal. I bingewatched Psychedelica on Gaia and they touch base on why they may have been made illegal and it really is ridiculous.