Power to heal or destroy
The term 'drug' as we know it generally refers to classes of organic and inorganic chemical compounds and preparations designed to have a specific effect on the body / mind of an individual. Drugs have always been a part of human society and essentially every known substance is a drug because it has some chemical or energetic effect which may be potentially harmful.
While drugs were originally designed to help treat disease and reduce suffering, unfortunately today many of the drug manufacturers are producing compounds designed to keep people alive and unwell. In other words they are keeping people sick in order they can keep on selling their drugs and making huge profits.
- All of our foods are drugs
- All foods are chemical in their nature. An excess of certain foods can cause the eater to have more energy, be smarter or, to become ill.
- Medicinal Drugs
- Are designed to have some beneficial effect on the person-s taking them. Also included here are chlorine and fluoride which are added to the drinking water in many cities.
- Warfare Drugs
- Chemical warfare weapons from the well known mustard gas to the depleted uranium that is used by the US military and other tools of mass destruction can be classified as drugs.
- Social Drugs
- Alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, meth, ecstasy and others that can effect one's feelings and moods and are stimulating. Marijuana is used both socially and as a spiritual drug. These drugs often break down social barriers and open users to to a wider perception of the environment.
- Spiritual Drugs
- Marijuana, LSD, Opium, Mescaline, Datura and others. These drugs tend to make one introspective and are used traditionally to facilitate spiritual experiences and understandings beyond normal perception.
All drugs are addictive to some extent. People develop mental addictions to marijuana, physical addictions to cocaine and opiates. Both mental and physical addictions to foods.
In western culture, all drugs were legal until very recently in our history, marijuana use became outlawed in the 1950's because it threatened the oil industry. Marijuana or hemp can be used to produce ethanol and biodegradable plastics, however it is once more being made legal in some countries. Coca Cola used to use real cocaine in its formula until the 1930's when it was banned.
In primitive cultures, marijuana, mescaline and other drugs had an important role in community life in that the use of drugs in a ritualized enabled the users, (shaman) to extend beyond the bounds of normal perception as a way of learning, and as a way to bring healing and harmony to the land and the people.
Now, many new drugs such as aspartame, more commonly known as equal or nutra-sweet, are added to our commercially prepared foods. Aspartame in particular has the chemical base used in the chemical weapons used in the Vietman War. This along with a host of other legalised drugs kill more people than all the illicit drugs combined.
Any social / spiritual drug will enhance one's mood at the time. If you are happy with a clear heart and mind, the experience of taking any drug will mostly be pleasant as long as there are no adverse chemical reactions within your body.
However, if you are sad, depressed, anxious, angry, then you can expect these moods to be elevated and it is likely that some drug experiences will be terrifying.
In effect the use of drugs can exaggerate your worst nightmare, or be a divine spiritual experience.
In the light of knowledge gained from meditation in comparison with the results of drug use, the experience and understanding found in meditation far exceeds that provided by drugs. Although supernatural experience is not valued very highly in Western culture, it is a part of mankind's quest to discover more about who we are and our connection to the greater whole. Fortunately however there are enclaves within our culture that do support and provide guidance toward the deep - mystical - magical unknowns without the need for drugs.