The Psychedelics Revolution: It’s No Longer Bad To Feel Good

“Turn on, tune in, drop out.” - Timothy Leary, 1966

In the Rebellious 60s, this message from psychedelic drug guru, Timothy Leary was too much for the political Establishment of that era.

The era of psychedelic drug Prohibition

Psychedelic drugs were criminalized, as were nearly all recreational drugs except for nicotine and alcohol – the two biggest killers among recreational drugs.

Along with drug Prohibition came mountains of anti-drug propaganda. These recreational drugs weren’t simply criminalized, they were demonized, with anti-drug propaganda that often had little foundation in science or reality.

“Getting high” not only drew the most pejorative connotations in media (and entertainment), it drew extreme moral condemnation from most quarters.

In short, the message preached strongly in Western societies (and much of the world) was “it’s bad to feel good.”

Flash forward to 2020, an era much different from the happy, prosperous, and (relatively) healthy 1960s.

The Mental Health Crisis

Today, the world is gripped by a horrific Mental Health Crisis, a mental health epidemic of stress-related conditions (like depression, anxiety, addiction, and PTSD) that afflicts over 1 billion people around the world.

The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly and dramatically aggravating this Mental Health Crisis. In short, the world has never seen such enormous numbers of people clinically diagnosed as “feeling bad” in one way or another.

This is not just a humanitarian crisis. It is also an economic crisis.

The Mental Health Crisis is already costing the global economy $1+ trillion per year in lost productivity, according to sources like the World Economic Forum and the Lancet Commission.

Treatment costs eat up similar sums annually – while producing very little results. Existing therapies for (in particular) depression, addiction, and PTSD produce appalling failure rates.

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