Here's the full text of the article Russell Brand kindly invited me to contribute to last week's issue of the New Statesman. The article, entitled "The War on Consciousness," had to be shortened to fit the space available in the magazine, but I reproduce the complete unedited text here.
LSD? Several of my Twitter followers said that it was more likely PCP or Bath Salts. What say you, psychonauts of Disinfo?
Three young people were arrested and hospitalized, one with injuries, Sunday morning in the wake of what officials described as “a Mill Valley LSD party gone bad.”
Southern Marin Fire paramedics responded around 7:30 a.m. to a 911 call reporting a 16-year-old boy having a seizure at a residence in the 100 block of Reed Boulevard, said Marin County sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman.
When the paramedics tried to get in, another 16-year-old boy at the entry gate covered with blood attacked them with what they later described as “superhuman strength,” refusing to let them in, Pittman said. Marin County sheriff’s deputies arrived within minutes to help, Pittman said.
The deputies were confronted by other partygoers, including a combative young girl, and called for backup. During the struggle, the boy spit blood on the responders, Pittman said. Mill Valley, Tiburon, Central Marin and California Highway Patrol officers responded and brought the situation under control, Pittman said.
You might also want to look at this comment in the article’s comment section from “Fee Fee” who claimed to be at the party:
“The Marin IJ is leading other news agencies in spreading misinformation. I was one of the sober attendees at this “party” of eight people, and I was the person who made the 911 call when a boy had a seizure. I witnessed the chaos that followed and the news does not accurately depict what actually happened that morning. 1) The paramedics got into the house without any complications; there was no 16-year-old boy attacking them or blocking their entry at the gate. The boy who had the seizure was attended to immediately without interruptions from other party-goers. 2) The boy who attacked and spit his own blood on other emergency personnel was not the boy who had the seizure, and this occurred in a separate room inside of the house. He was also under the influence of the same substance as the boy who had the seizure (a substance which was not LSD – Marin General hospital later confirmed our suspicions that the substance was an analogue of LSD, a designer drug that mimics the effects of the drug). There were three people who were under the influence of this drug; the boy who had the seizure (16), the boy who spit his own blood on emergency personnel (18), and a girl who also quarreled with emergency personnel (18). 3) There is no such drug as “DMD”. DMT was found and it is in no way similar to ecstasy. ”
In future we would appreciate it if you got your facts straight.
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At the very least, it doesn’t no harm to one’s mental health according to the scientists:
“There were no significant associations between lifetime use of any psychedelics, or use of LSD in the past year, and increased rate of any of the mental health outcomes,” Pål-Ørjan Johansen and Teri Krebs from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim concluded in their study published in the PLOS One journal on Tuesday.“Rather, in several cases psychedelic use was associated with a lower rate of mental health problems.”For the study, the researchers analyzed data on the more than 130,000 Americans who took drug use surveys between 2001 and 2004, of which 22,000 had used a psychedelic drug at least once. (Read more…)“Despite popular perceptions, expert harm assessments have not demonstrated that classical serotonergic psychedelic substances such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline are demonstrated to cause chronic mental health problems,” Johansen told The Local.
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