An article in The New Yorker discusses hallucinogens and how different cultures and different people react to hallucinogens (LSD, mushrooms, peyote, mescaline, etc.).
“Psychedelic lore is littered with cautionary tales. But it remains to be seen whether reports of hallucinogen persisting perception disorder—quite literally, the persistence of hallucinogen-induced perceptions—should count among them. Hallucinogens are enjoying something of a revival: the drugs are being tried recreationally by nearly one in five American adults(approaching that of the nineteen-sixties), while being tested empirically for their powers to healalcoholism and other addictions, anxieties from impending death, P.T.S.D., major depression, and even cluster headaches.”
It is an interesting article; however, the only gripe I have is when the publication refers to Aldoux Huxley’s “Doors of Perception” in a seemingly negative way, even though Huxley states in that true mescaline account that everyone should experience mind-altering drugs at some point. I even wrote about Huxley’s mescaline trip on this very blog.
Still, the article was a good look at how external factors taken individually for our own good (and to fulfill our own curiosity) can be a blessing in disguise in for some while being a hindrance for others. Then again, isn’t that true about anything?