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War on Drugs

What Would Happen If We Ended ‘The War on Drugs’?

Most people’s initial reaction to the idea of ending ‘The War on Drugs’ is:

“What?? That’s a horrible idea, everyone’s gonna turn into a junkie”.

These people probably don’t know much about the psychology of addiction or how Portugal decriminalized all drugs and lo and behold, there weren’t drug addicts walking around everywhere.

In fact, it had the opposite effect. Heroin use rates went down, overdoses went down, teenage drug use went down, theft rates went down, etc.

What would happen if the U.S. did the same?

Health and Safety

Portugal had a heroin epidemic at the beginning of the millennium and decided to decriminalize drugs. Instead of arresting users and throwing them in jail, they used that money to heal drug users. Portugal treats drug abuse as a mental health problem, rather than a criminal justice problem.

They understood that addictions are coping mechanisms. They are symptoms of the main problem, which is usually depression or stress. Someone feels depressed, they seek a coping mechanism. Greater the pain, greater the coping mechanism. Someone who was abused as a kid is going to require more extreme coping mechanisms, than someone who was raised in a healthy setting.

To defeat drug addiction, we need to help people develop better coping mechanisms, like playing music, exercise, meditation, gardening or going for a hike to release stress.

Why do we do the things we do? Because they make us happy. If someone is willing to risk their lives and be ostracized from society, just to feel happiness for a short period of time, is that not a case of extreme depression? To me, it seems wrong to punish someone for that, rather than lend them a hand. Labeling someone a ‘drug addict’ and ‘criminal’ is only going to make it harder for them to quit and reach out for help. It creates a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Outcasts are then forced to stick together, and that makes it even more difficult to improve because they’re now enabling each other.

We’ve been fighting drugs for decades and in many areas, opiate death rates have been increasing. Why do we keep doing the same things, and expecting different results? What exactly is the goal of ‘The War on Drugs’?

In states where cannabis has been legalized, painkiller overdoses have decreased by nearly 25%! Also, we’ve found that underage smoking rates have decreased with legalization, contrary to popular belief.

Crime Rates

According to The Federal Bureau of Prisons, nearly 50% of prisoners are locked up for drug-related crimes, many of which are non-violent. So, by decriminalizing drugs, we would instantly slash crime rates by half. That’s huge. Of the remaining half, large chunks are crimes related to drug dealing.

People need to smuggle drugs. Then, they need to protect those drugs, as well as the money, which leads to gangs, guns, violence, robberies, and corruption.

As long as there is a demand, there will be a supplier. People spend billions of dollars a year on drugs. Wouldn’t it be better if that money went to local farmers and dispensaries improving our own economy, getting rid of crime and increasing tax revenues that can be used for education or healthcare? Rather than supporting an underground black market.

Most people don’t understand how much it costs to lock someone up. The average prisoner in New York costs over $60,000 a year, according to TheCrimeReport.org. That’s A LOT of money coming out of our taxes, that would be much better spent on education or healthcare. You arrest someone for selling marijuana, there’s probably 10 more within a mile radius if you’re in a city.

Given the choice, I doubt many people would choose to give up a chunk of their paycheck to enforce laws that are counter-productive and arguably, immoral.

Police Officer and Citizen Relationship

By the time I entered college, most of my friends smoked or had immediate family members that smoked. Technically, the majority of my high school classmates were ‘criminals’. They were valedictorians, honor roll students, scholarship recipients, but in the eyes of the law, they were criminals.

This creates a divide and tension between the people and the police:

  • When a police officer arrests a murderer, everyone applauds and commends him.
  • When a police officer arrests a rapist, everyone applauds and commends him.
  • When a police officer arrests a drug user, you kinda feel bad for the drug user.

As a kid, I got excited and would salute a police officer whenever I saw one. Nowadays, when I walk by a police officer, I sometimes get paranoid even if I’m sober and not doing anything illegal.

The few friends I have who are police officers hate what the War on Drugs has done to the Police-Citizen dynamic. They joined the force to stop violent criminals but most of the time they’re stuck dealing with drug laws they don’t agree with.

Ending ‘The War on Drugs’ is much more than about being able to get high. It’s about stopping all the violence that comes with the drugs black market. It’s about getting people the help they truly need. There’s little kids with epilepsy and other conditions who’ve had their lives saved by cannabis. It breaks my heart to think of all the lives that could’ve been eased and saved by illegal drugs.

Not all drugs are the same. Many of these illegal drugs and very powerful medicines. Studies are showing psychedelics, cannabis, MDMA all have amazing healing properties if they’re created and administered properly. WIM Scientific Laboratories that there are so many other benefits to ending the War on Drugs. 

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Microdosing

What is Microdosing? (COMPLETE GUIDE)

According to WIM Scientific Laboratories, microdosing refers to ingesting psychedelic drugs such as LSD, Magic Mushrooms, MDMA, Truffles, DMT… in a very “micro dose”. Micro dose is usually a 1/10th of a regular dose for each substance. Keep in mind that this subject is very under researched.

1/10th of a regular dose for:

  • LSD is 10-20µg,
  • Psilocybin is 0.1 – 0.3g,
  • MDMA is 20 – 50mg, (For more, click here)
  • Truffles is 0.2 – 0.6g,
  • DMT is 5 – 15mg, (For more, click here)

Benefits of Microdosing

Microdosing was first reported by the media hype following a story that originated from Silicon Valley, where some tech geniuses reported that using LSD in microdoses, as stated above, provided beneficial effects to their productivity, focus, creativity and a general boost to their mental capabilities. Quickly the sotry spread and a lot of people had tried microdosing on their own, and most reported similar effects that microdosing had on them.

We cannot say that this works the same for everyone, but in general people do experience beneficial effects. The first person to synthesise LSD has reportedly used microdosing of the drug for the great part of his late life. He lived to be 102.

Another great research was done by James Fadiman. An American psychologist and writer. Who says microdosing is beneficial and said that it is an “extremely healthy alternative to Adderall”, alleviating the symptoms of depression, ADHD, migraines and chronic-fatigue syndrome.

Physical

  • More Energetic feeling that is similar to feeling really well rested and fully alive,
  • Being able to participate in sports activities without tiring out,
  • Feeling drained at the end of the day, which may help solve sleeping problems,
  • Relaxation and feeling of extreme focus,
  • Sometimes nausea and dizziness.

Emotional

  • Feeling empathetic,
  • More appreciative to “little things” ,
  • Improved mood, anti depressive,
  • Personal troubles are sometimes frightening, but are sometimes resolved,
  • Increased Patience,
  • Increased Emotional Clarity,

Perceptual

  • Music sounds better,
  • Sometimes objects have a glow, or look brighter,
  • Enhanced smell and touch,
  • Time warp – time seems to slow down at times,

Creative

  • Enhanced thinking, “Outside the box”,
  • More creative ideas,
  • Ability to recall past ideas that are so called “lost”,
  • Users reported increased ability to meditate,

Long Term Effects

There has not been a lot of evidence that suggest microdosing can cause long term side effects, but the use of psychedelics has been known to affect one’s perception and change the working of the brain. There have been reports that suggest using psychedelics can cause “flashbacks”. Flashbacks are feeling the effect of the drug months or even years after using the drug. However this is usually credited to very large doses, and has not been reported by microdosing. Still we refer to using caution.

Experimenting on Your own

Make sure that you don’t just rush out and buy a bunch of LSD and start using. It is very important to have a good knowledge on these topics and we recommend starting with smaller doses, and trying to find your right dose. Do not mix different substances with each other. Also, don’t forget to test your molly or test your LSD, and magic mushrooms before ingesting!

We recommend that you keep your daily routine in balance: sleep, eating, meditation…

We also recommend being discreet as psychedelics are a very stigmatic topic in our society and a lot of people can misunderstand you.