Are psychedelic drugs making a comeback? by Kai Teo
When psychedelic drugs arrived in popular culture in the 60s, it brought with it a new wave of creative renaissance, universal love and unity, and a giant leap in the awareness of the human race in terms of equality, environmental conservation, and compassion.
The golden decade of psychedelics brought about an unprecedented level of civil disobedience in the name of peace and equality. The black civil rights movement, women’s rights movement, gay rights movement, the anti-war movement, and the environmental movement, gained huge traction during this period of psychedelic renaissance when the youths took acid, took power, and took to the streets.
The fervor of the baby boomers was extinguished into a dismal smolder when the Nixon-led administration took a harsh stance against any anti-government sentiments. Billions were spent to spread negative propaganda against the popular substances that were believed to have played a part in fuelling the growing dissatisfaction in the system. The extremely heavy penalties for possession and consumption were believed to be a way to prosecute the black community and the hippies.
“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” – John Ehrlichman, then counsel and assistant to the president for domestic a airs, to Dan Baum for Harper’s Magazine in 1994, about President Richard Nixon’s war on drugs.
But as the Internet neutralized the power of a controlled press, the world started to become more aware of the benefits of medical marijuana, and are starting to challenge the illegality of other mind-altering substances, including psychedelics.
Today, psychedelic drugs are starting to become recognized as potent treatments to illnesses such as PTSD and depression, and are also being explored for entheogenic uses i.e. using substances to explore one's consciousness and spirituality.
As an activist of psychedelic use, Kai Teo has seen the comeback of psychedelics in the underground scene and its effects on these communities, and he has documented his experiences in "Rainbow Warrior Handbook – The Underground Guide to The Psychedelic Revolution", published by Motivational Press.
Let him take you on a mind-boggling journey into the psychedelic consciousness, and join him as he discusses the ideas commonly encountered by psychonauts.
After all, "If everyone takes acid, the world could be a better place."