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MAGIC MUSHROOMS - Hazards - The system criminalises
The system criminalises users
Still we can't ignore or deny the hazards, psychedelics remain commonly being referred to as `drugs' and therefore as weird, dangerous and bad. This comes partly because of the system; the Law and Political Correctness made Acid, XTC and other psychedelics `bad', if you use them than you are a criminal, druggie, or failure. The criminalization threatens every user, you can risk prison or worse if you are in the possession of magic mushrooms and the cops mean bad business. Likewise as with marihuana this can lead to a kind of underworld, which takes control over the trade. The danger of criminalisation is real, that's were real crime steps in, as it involves lots of money, payoffs, etc.
Shrooms are not without danger, some people got psychologically deranged because of them and we know about the stories of people that got stuck and made an end to their life, but fortunately this is very exceptional. Psychiatrists tell us that these are usually cases of unstable people, but that is hardly a relief if it happened to your kid, friend or student. Of course this is sad, but the percentage of casualties is very small. Such risks are not unusual and caualties also happen with ordinary food through food poisoning or with other drugs like the much more harmful alcohol. Accidents with magic mushrooms are rare, but we don't want to ingnore these risks.
Nearly everyone gets anxious, nauseous or uneasy when they dive in the subconsciousness. If you are well grounded or with someone who can distract your thoughts then you will usually be able to change the negative feelings towards a positive and instructive experience. We can't deny, it actually helps if you are curious, willing to go through your fears and take a good look at what frightens you. Often at the base of this are certain experiences in your youth and it can be healing to look at them from a different perspective.
As is the case with most drugs, the success of the trip strongly depends on the mood and the expectations of the user. If you are already not feeling well then there is a risk that by using magic mushrooms you will feel even worse, more depressed and worried; your mood becomes magnified. It ought to be clear that especially psychiatric patients or people with a psychiatric history (psychosis, paranoia, manic-depressive or schizophrenic) should not take mushrooms on their own account. For that matter it is a shame that the scientific research into the effects of substances like LSD, PCP, Peyote, DMT, or even marihuana has been so abruptly stopped after the sixties. There are strong indications that for instance Ibogaine is helpful to overcome certain addictions and according to many psychotherapists, the psychedelics are very useful to clean out repressed traumas and other psychological problems.
But in general it is better not to start experimenting at random if you have problems with your heart, your stomach, liver, with your head or don't feel physically well.
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