I've been mulling over how to talk about this subject without "looking crazy." In the end, someone is going to have something from an opposing view point. It is what it is. That's the internet.
TLDR: The conversation around recreational drugs is just as important and vital to drug reform as medicinal use. Drugs shouldn't have to be "magical" to be legal. As long as a person is an adult, they should be allowed to make decisions for themselves. We want to provide them with the information to be able to make that decision and have the safest journey possible. We also hope to support those who are choosing to stop using and need some assistance.
I want to talk about drugs. Specifically, illegal drugs. I'm talking acid, active mushrooms, weed, MDMA, and whatever you want to add to that list. There is a lot of talk about the spiritual and medicinal use for many of these substances. I definitely respect those paths as far as drugs go. But, I just personally feel that another lane is less talked about and I feel that we shouldn't leave it out of the conversation. The lane of recreational or "adult use".
Whenever the conversation comes up around cannabis use. One of the first things people do is attempt to "validate" their use by coupling it with some ailment or issue that they're currently facing. For some, that's their reality and they use cannabis as medicine. Some people though, use it because they just enjoy the high. One could say drug use is like a spectrum, you have people that choose to use these substances in a medicinal, spiritual and/or recreational way. I want to talk about the benefits of responsible recreational adult use.
I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL NOR DO I CLAIM TO BE. MY INFORMATION COMES FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. DRUGS ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE & I DO NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE DO ANYTHING THEY ARE NOT READY FOR.
If you are not sure about the purity of the substance you are intend to take, DO NOT TAKE IT BEFORE GETTING A TESTKIT (AVAILABLE HERE)
Make sure you are in a safe and comfortable environment around people you trust and who care about you.
If this is your first time, be sure that you have someone who is prepared to be sober as your support. Make sure it's someone you know who has consumed before and is well versed in tripping safely.
Have water on hand. Stay Hydrated.
The use of drugs recreationally benefits people if they're done as safely as possible. While it is important to understand the risks associated with drug use and be aware of potential harms, there are some ways that use can be beneficial when used responsibly. For some people, using these substances can provide relief from the hustle and bustle of the world or their homes (Hey SAHP & Remote workers, talking to you) by helping them make the most out of their relaxation time. Many people aren't able to just "relax". For them unwinding is nearly impossible. A number of substances when used safely can help with that. It can also offer stress reducing aspects too therefore, hopefully leading to a happier life. While happiness is not medically or spiritually NECESSARY, it is definitely an important component. In addition to mental health benefits, recreational drugs can also be used to enhance creativity and productivity. Many people report feeling more creative after using certain drugs, allowing them to come up with new ideas and approaches for their work or hobbies. Studies have also found that LSD may help improve problem-solving abilities, while other substances like cannabis can increase focus and concentration on tasks. It is important to note that these potential benefits should not be taken as an excuse to use without caution or understanding the risks involved. Drug misuse or abuse can lead to serious physical and psychological harm. If you are considering experimenting with recreational drug use, make sure you do your research beforehand and take necessary safety precautions such as having a sober(and experienced!!) friend present who can look out for you and ensure that the drugs are taken in moderation. It is also important to know your legal rights if you are caught in possession of these substances, as the laws and punishments can vary depending on location. I highly recommend that you keep your first few experiments in house. If you don't have to go out, don't. And definitely do not drive under the influence. At the end of the day, fun is therapeutic in itself. I respect those who choose to use medicinally/for medicinal purposes. But for people like me, the conversation is a lot more broad than that. Drugs should be decriminalized & drug use is not a crime.