Leading British medical journal the Lancet criticised the demonization of psychedelic drugs as a social evil this week, arguing that wonder drugs like ecstasy and LSD were banished by authorities unnecessarily.
Although such bans were largely put in place to quash concerns about rampant recreational drug use fueling the counter cultures of the 1960s and 1980s (LSD and MDMA, respectively), criminalization of these agents has also led to an excessively cautious approach to further research into their therapeutic benefits, the Lancet said.
The journals complaints came as fanatical US drug zealot John Walters decreed that marijuana is not and never will be medicine even if it makes people suffering the pain of chronic illness feel better.
"Smoking illegal drugs may make some people "feel better," the drug Czar conceded in an official drug release, However, civilized societies and modern day medical practices differentiate between inebriation and the safe, supervised delivery of proven medicine by legitimate doctors."
http://www.jwannerton.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/sp.htm (Some Synaesthetic
Perceptions . . .)
http://www.psychol.ucl.ac.uk/jamie.ward/synaesthesia.htm (Synaesthesia is a joining together of sensations that are normally experienced separately. Some synaesthetes experience colours when they hear or read words, whilst others may experience tastes, smells, shapes or touches in almost any combination. The sensations are automatic and cannot be turned on or off. People are generally born with it and it runs in families. It is not considered to be harmful in any way . . .)
http://home.vicnet.net.au/~colmusic (Colour music: the musical note B was long neglected because our ancestors' spiritual advisers considered it barely respectable. Contemporary attitudes are more relaxed: the choice of sound or colour is largely left to the discretion of the creator, as part of the individual's response to any cultural imperatives . . .)
Jonty Skrufff (JontySkrufff.com)