traditional drugs

“Atta guy. Deep breath. Cheers to another successful heist, huh?”

“It’ll hit you right here first off. Nice and hard.”

“You feeling it yet?”

“…Hey, Lee-”

Stanchez Appreciation Week!
Day one: Heist

mini comic of Rick and Stan smoking some alien drugs after a heist. Also an excuse for color vomit. wOOP

Its not a Mother game unless if you’re protags end up accidentally doing drugs in some way, shape, or form.

Inspired by Distant High Life

The Cotard Delusion

We were in the final stages of testing a custom drug ordered by a large investment bank in China. Its purpose was to help their traders and programmers focus and make quick, rational, and emotionally-detached decisions, without the cardiovascular or dependency risks associated with traditional ADHD medication. The drug was well-tolerated and the test subjects showed marked improvement on the battery of cognitive and job-specific tests the bank had provided. The drug, we estimated, would be ready in a month. Our team was ecstatic; if the drug worked well for the bank, we would seek FDA approval of a slightly-modified version for the general public. Our company would profit enormously.

A few of my colleagues had tried the drug themselves in the latter portions of its testing phase. While such sampling was prohibited, it was impossible to prevent. They, too, had their work quality and general focus improve while under its effect. After listening to Rakesh gush endlessly about how much he’d benefitted from the drug, I figured it was time to give it a shot. I was used to ADHD medication. Until about a month ago, I’d taken both Adderall and Wellbutrin to aid my own attention issues. I only stopped because the last 15 years of daily usage had made me nearly immune to the focus-enhancing effects. I didn’t want to increase the dosage and stress my heart. Since our drug used an entirely different mechanism of action, I was excited to see if I’d benefit as much as everyone else.

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”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, Nixon’s central domestic advisor

I watched 13th, by Ava DuVernay (producer of Selma), at the IFC a few days ago, and it made me aware of so many wrongs in both our politicians and prison systems. Prison is the newest incarnation of slavery, and the “War on Drugs” effectively was invented to implement it. Drugs should be a health issue, not a crime issue, and the “War on Drugs” was specifically designed to target POC, and send them long sentences in prison to anguish in both physically and psychologically damaging environments instead of rehabilitating them. To add to that, many American industries and corporations fund prison and profit off prison populations, and prison labor is one of the largest and cheapest (almost free) ways to run a farm, ranch, or factory in sweatshop-like conditions. 

Please check out this documentary if its showing in a theater near you; I also believe it is on Netflix.

What’s to become of the UK entheogen practitioners?

There’s been a lot of word in the UK about the proposed “Psychoactive Substances Bill” aimed at banning potentially harmful legal highs sold in head shops. I can understand and completely agree with the restriction of these, since more often than not they are not labelled with ingredients, and fatalities have been observed. 

However, it’s not a substance-specific Bill. It’s a blanket ban on ALL psychoactive substances - production, distribution, import and export. This would, presumably, include the herbal salves and ointments produced by our favourite herbalists and witches. It would be illegal, for example, for us Brits to order any sort of flying ointment from Ms. Lawless, with a penalty of up to 7 years + fine. Purchase of Salvia Divinorum, mandrake roots, and fly agaric would also fall under this. It would also be illegal for us to produce our own if it suspected that we have intent to supply. Possession would still be legal, but that wouldn’t matter since all methods of obtaining said substances would land you a prison sentence. 

It is absolute madness. 

Time to stock up, and learn to grow and make our own. It may not be illegal to be a witch in the UK, but it’s shaping up to be illegal to utilise any sort of entheogens in our practices. Dark times, indeed.