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At the end of the day, no matter how many D.A.R.E officers speak in classrooms across America, people are going to do drugs. You can argue that fact until you're blue in the face, but you'll never change it. The decision to ingest a mind-altering substance is a matter of free will, and well, you can't very control that—despite all exhaustive efforts from The U.S. Government.
Of course, there are varying degrees of danger in recreational drug use. For example, I would be far less inclined to worry about someone who occasionally micro-doses with LSD versus someone who occasionally does heroin (an oxymoron, by nature if there ever was one). You can argue both sides and ultimately, if you really wanted you could land on the conclusion that all drugs are dangerous. Technically speaking, anything can be dangerous without proper education and moderation.
Drugs are made all the more taboo by the laws we employee (unfairly) around them. Psychedelics especially speak to that considering the government's history with them, it's a tad bit hypocritical to go ahead and throw people in jail, but I digress.
Turns out, there's ways to f'ck the system and that's with taking 'drugs' that are legal while still producing a psychedelic trip. The kind and progressive folks over at The Daily Dot went ahead and compiled this list that we just had to share with ya'll! Take a look—
"Taken in large quantities, nutmeg can produce a psychedelic high. This is because nutmeg contains myristicin, which works a little like LSD—the buzz can last two to three days and can produce hallucinations. But beware the side effects: Nutmeg can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Heart and nerve problems have also been associated with nutmeg. And yet despite the potential to be used as a drug, the FDA has no plans to ban the spice."
"Salvia is a tall green plant that sometimes produces small white flowers. It has a long history in religious ceremonies, and by ingesting it, you can get one of the intensest psychedelic highs there is—even expert trippers have struggled to enjoy it. The plant is not regulated under the Controlled Substances Act in the United States, but many states have passed laws making the plant illegal."
"Mexican calea, or caleaternifolia, is a flowering plant in the Aster family. It has a long history of medicinal use, including as a cure for diarrhea, stomachaches, fevers, and asthma. The plant is also used by the Chontal Indians of Oaxaca in divination ceremonies and is often brewed as a tea. And while it may cure upset stomachs in small doses, in larger ones it can cause nausea, vomiting, and hallucinations. Some states have tried to make the plant illegal, but it’s currently not considered a controlled substance."
"Cough syrup contains dextromethorphan, which can produce a hallucinogenic high when taken in large doses. Because of recreational use of cough syrup, many pharmacies carry it behind the counter. But in the United States, there are no legal restrictions on owning or using cough syrup for a legal high."
"Also known as O-Acetylpsilocin or psilacetin, 4-ACO-DMT is a synthetic drug that is often cited as a potential alternative to psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychedelic compound produced by more than 200 species of mushrooms. The drug is not illegal, although hard to obtain."
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