Originally Posted by Citizen X
Anything that fucks up the natural workings of the brain is plastic and has no value, at least for me.
So yes, weed is fantastic and what not, but the effects are just your brain being screwed by foreign chemicals and I don't know about you, but I don't like the idea of depending on external sources to obtain a boost I might need from time to time.
That said I once tried magic mushrooms inside a sensory deprivation tank and I had a very bizarre experience of almost cosmic proportions. But it was all in my head.
Not sure I concur here. This idea of being selfsuficient and not depended on external chemicals might sounds brave and like the right way and of course there is nothing wrong with it but I see this as a bit naive. You eat lots of chemicals everyday that you need in order to survive. Plants like corn and wheat provide you with the crucial resources for your body, it enables you to think and experience this world as a human being. The food provide you with the precursors to other chemicals your body builds. You can't live without it. You might argue, that psychedelics and food are different things and I would have to agree. But they have a lot in common - just think of it from this new perspective for a while.
Eating a fresh fruit full of vitamins and sugars is a perfect boost, you don't need to be ashamed to be reliable on external sources. We are living in symbiosis with other life forms - we can't live without them, that's what we are, a part of a larger organism.
I agree that introducing a foreign chemical to your system should not be taken lightly. It has many drawbacks. And now I am talking about habitual use. There is nothing wrong with choosing to drink coffee every day. Its just a bit tricky. Habbits are awefuly hard to abandon.
But let's leave addiction aside.
The important thing I'd like to question is the implication of your last sentence: "But it was all in my head.". I mean, what did you think? Everything is in your head. Your experience is always subjective supported only by your senses, your perception.
Or are you suggesting that the state of consiousness under psychedelics is not authentic? Why not? This could be a long discussion because this subject is just too complex and it would bring us to admitting that we really don't know much about the brain and how does the consciusness work or what does it even mean to be conscious.
So I don't really want to go into this and instead take a pragmatic approach. Some of these experiences could be quite helpfull, it can ignite energies and thoughts in you that could be beneficial. If used wisely as a tool, these foreign chemicals can help you. Like teachers do. What's wrong with a helpful hint or lets say a good lesson. Again, there is no shame in being thought something by an external source.
Its always about what will you do with the knowledge or experience. Its really just upon you. People are smart because they learn and know how to use tools for their advantage.