Agua had a great post here:
I didnt check the links for lack of time, sorry...
I assume we are talking about psychoactive drugs,right?
I would recommend staying away from all chemical stuff with the exception of lsd and mdma.
Those two exceptions are sacred substances in my opinion (and experience) and i am convinced they have been brought to earth as tools for spiritual growth.
For all the rest of chemical drugs, i would simply recommend staying away!
Marijuana, cactus, iboga, ayahuasca and salvia are plant teachers that should be used (preferably by the initiated) as such, as sacred tools for spiritual growth!
With a lot of precautions however!
use and abuse
some people are simply using drugs for recreational purposes. In my opinion this is drug abuse.
Its everybody's free choice.
However, for non-seekers, it is just an addiction, it will often harm your health in the long run, but mostly its will harm your emotional and social life.
For the spiritual seeker it can be a huge obstacle, like every addiction, and it is a good idea to heal the roots of the addiction and clear the emotional "garbage" the drugs cover up.
Marijuana - if you have psychotic or schizophrenic tendencies or major emotional problems, i recommend staying away from it! It can easily trigger stuff that has been buried for a good reason!
while many would consider it not THAT strong, there are many concentrates out there.
These have the potential to throw you right into trauma wiithin 30seconds.
It happened to me, thank god i was prepared.
If you are not prepared, chances are you end up as a psychic wreck for many years.
I recommend staying away from that unless you are very very experienced!
Mushrooms, cactus,iboga and ayahuasca
Those are very strong substances!!
They have the potential to completely deactivate your control and defemse mechanisms (psychic mechanisms).
This can be desireable for a very experienced seeker, because it can give you access to the divine, an access that would take decades of spiritual development normally.
On the other hand, it can give you access to your deepest trauma!
This can also be desireable, if you actively seek it for healing purposes.
HOWEVER, i very strongly recommend NOT using these substances unless you definetely fill the following criteria:
- you should have much experience with healing work, working through devastating emotional states should be within your capacity and you should have practice in this
-you should have developed a good amount of presence, especially in challenging situations
-you should have a (practical, not theoretical) good understanding of what the ego is and how it feels to let an ego aspect die
-you should know what trauma is. not in tjeory, you should have experienced or ratjer reexperienced it to at least a degree
If you fill these criteria, then it could be a good tool for accelerating your growth.
If you dont fill these, you're in for some major trouble!
You can be lucky and have a few nice trips that arent too much of a challenge, you could also end up right in your worst imagineable nightmare, and believe me, in that case you're subject to lifelong medication and wont probably get your feet back on the ground any time soon!
Whatever you try for whatever reason, never do it alone! Always have someone trustworthy with you!
Implications for society
well, one side is, i think its reasonable to not give everybody access to every substance for the reasons mentioned above.
So some sort of control is not the worst idea!
However i would favour those substances being available for people who work with it in a therapeutic, spiritual or healing setting.
It just wont happen any time soon i guess...
On the other side, people who want to experiment will always find a source for that stuff,and you will never be able to control it.
The war on drugs
the "war" on drugs is complete bullshit in my opinion.
First, its very much deliberate.
Some drugs are allowed,like tonacco and alcohol, others,like cannabis not.
Asnd criminalizing cannabis for example is really ridiculous.
It doesnt help anybody, you need a lot of capacity concerning courts and police, and so on...
just ridiculous and i guess nobody here would seriously