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RACISM AND THE WAR ON DRUGS

RACISM AND THE WAR ON DRUGS

There are so many layers to unpack here and so many interwoven issues at hand.

This feels uncomfortable to even speak about! I think it’s because, in a way, many of us have become single-issue thinkers. 

Most of us can’t manage to think of two problems at the same time, like Racism and the war on drugs, or like scarcity/uncertainty and the rise of hate crimes. 

Historically, people’s views have been skewed, controlled, manipulated by the media and opinions. 

What do you think determines the laws/policies that we have now, science or opinion?

Former President Obama told the CNN medical correspondent, Dr. Gupta, That the government health policy regarding drugs should be directed by science and not opinion.

But when we take a closer look at the history of the war on drugs, we quickly realize that Racism was the driving force.

But when we take a closer look at the history of the war on drugs, we quickly realize that Racism was the driving force. 

Look, I realize my ability and audacity to speak openly about psychedelics may come from a place of privilege.

I also realize that now isn’t the time to create or promote any form of division between people… know, that THAT’S not my goal here. 

But there’s a lot of misplaced hate and Racism from people who need healing towards people who need healing. It’s a fucking mess! 

In a short series of posts, I’ll share the history underneath the legal ambiguity we still face today that denies us access to psychedelic medicine that WORKS.

I wouldn’t be doing this if psychedelics didn’t heal me or felt like my voice was being silenced in any way.

In 1939 secretary of the treasury Andrew Mellon of the Mellon banking company appointed his relative Harry J. Anslinger as commissioner of the federal bureau of narcotics.

Mr. Anslinger favoured religion and ideology over science. His ideology also included an obsessive hatred of people of colour.

Mr. Anslinger’s successful creation of laws that enforced his ideology while IGNORING science. Families shattered, cities damaged, and entire governments, such as Mexico’s, have been threatened. As a result, 87 years later, countless lives have been destroyed.

Along with his team he prosecuted:

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Chinese-Americans for the use of opium

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The Mexicans-Americans for marijuana

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And the African-Americans for Cocaine

Mr. Anslinger, spread propaganda minority POC were using the drugs to seduce white women and the public ROARED. 

Using the mass media, Anslinger propelled the anti-marijuana sentiment from state-level to national and international level.

By representing the US before the UN, Anslinger graphically depicted offences caused by different substances and made certain substances illegal worldwide. 

Alcohol prohibition in the US lasted 13 years.

In that time, two things became apparent:

First, the Americans weren’t going to accept prohibition. 

Second,  by making it illegal, he created the largest and most successful criminal enterprise, the mafia.

In summary, when he raged a war on alcohol, Nixon and Regan and a War on Drugs, they were declaring war on people of colour.

Eighty-seven years after his federal appointment, marijuana tax laws 1937, jails burdened with an ocean of POC. For minor drug charges.

While POC makes up about 30% of the US population, they account for 60% of those in prison.

Disproportionate incarceration. 1 in every 15 African American men and 1 in every 36 Hispanic men are incarcerated compared to 1 in every 106 white men. 

This war on PEOPLE happens when fucked-up racist ideology is at the foundation of laws instead of SCIENCE. 

Thank you for trusting me. 

Now, I’m curious, 

Would you rather have governed the laws in place: science or opinion?

Disclaimer: This post is for information and harm reduction purposes only. Note that psilocybin is deemed Schedule I substances under the United Nations 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances and are illegal in most countries. The author of this blog does not condone the purchase, possession, sale, or consumption of any illegal substances.

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The war on drugs is actually a war on people of colour.

THE GIFT OF BEING YOURSELF

THE GIFT OF BEING YOURSELF

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THE GIFT OF BEING YOURSELF

This past year was a massive opportunity for growth alongside you, a beloved and delightful community.

Here are a few of these lessons I learned that might serve you well.

These are my lessons, and if they don’t land for you, that’s completely cool!

Make use of what relates to you. Discard what doesn’t, or save it for later.

Gifts from you to you:

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Gratitude

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Self-care

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Acceptance

1. We are all more lucky than we realize. 

2. Our desires for life are pretty similar. (Over 130,000 people following me on Tiktok says it all. I mean, who’d have thought?)

3. When something makes me feel good, I do more of it.

4. It’s okay to admit that there’s more than one truth. Others may not agree. Remember that when there’s sunshine, there’s going to be some shade.

5. I spend way too much time pondering the solutions instead of just creating.

6. A self-care routine doesn’t need to start at 5 a.m. to set you up for success.

7. If I try to be like someone else for everyone to find me appealing, I miss the gift of being myself.

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This community makes me grateful. Thank you for being part of it.

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Coach Kathleen Oh

DROPPING FACTS ABOUT ACID

DROPPING FACTS ABOUT ACID

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DROPPING FACTS ABOUT ACID

I speak a lot about psilocybin mushrooms because they’re my psychedelic of choice by a wide margin. However, so many other psychedelics playing a part in the current psychedelic renaissance are worth mentioning because of their healing potential.

So allow me to drop some knowledge about dropping acid!

Lysergic acid diethylamide (which you may know as LSD) is considered an empathogen. It’s known to enhance feelings of empathy and connectedness.

LSD is a synthetic chemical derived from a fungus that commonly infects rye.

We refer to LSD as a ‘psychedelic’ (or mind-manifesting) drug because of users’ changes in perception, mood, and thought. Reports show that, on taking LSD, users experience visual hallucinations and distortion of time and space.

I believe that research involving controlled doses of LSD administered in a safe therapeutic setting can change the perspective that this substance is dangerous and taboo. A solid body of research surrounding LSD could allay fears and anxieties and do away with general misinformation.

Like Psilocybin, LSD has the potential for so much healing.

It’s complicated to explain the precise way LSD affects the brain in a single post, but it seems to interact with multiple receptors (serotonin and dopamine, for instance) simultaneously.

Current studies explore the potential of LSD to encourage new ways of thinking and ‘reset’ the brain’s habitual patterns of thought. These shifts in thought aid in healing depression, complex PTSD, and even reverse signs of dementia

Disclaimer: This post exists for information and harm reduction purposes only. Note that the United Nations 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances deemed psilocybin a Schedule I substance, and it is illegal in most countries. The author of this blog does not condone the purchase, possession, sale, or consumption of any illegal substances.

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Be safe. Always.

HOW TO HEAL THE WORLD

HOW TO HEAL THE WORLD

HOW TO HEAL THE WORLD

For us to start healing the world, we must learn to take responsibility for healing ourselves.

We all have the fundamental desire to create an ideal world where everyone is healthy, happy, and free of suffering. 

We all have the habitual tendency to look around us, find out what’s wrong with the world, and then try to “fix” it.

Look, I get it. Shit happens! Horrible things happen around us every day. However, to transform the world we all experience, we have to start with ourselves. 

Psychedelics have empowered me to heal in significant ways.

Healing from addiction has been the most important thing I’ve ever done in my life. You’re welcome! That’s one less addicted person on the planet for the rest of us.

We can only create change in the world if we first start with our own individual healing.

When we heal a part in ourselves, we also heal that part of the world.

How did you find yourself here? Are you on a healing journey too?

You are what the whole world is doing.

-ALLAN WATTS

 

Disclaimer: This post is for information and harm reduction purposes only. Note that psilocybin is deemed Schedule I substances under the United Nations 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances and are illegal in most countries. The author of this blog does not condone the purchase, possession, sale, or consumption of any illegal substances.

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We can only create change in the world if we first start with our own individual healing.

KEEP BEING BRAVE

KEEP BEING BRAVE

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KEEP BEING BRAVE

Our minds build an illusionary world rather than perceiving the endless detail happening in nature through our bodies. 

I like the idea of consciousness acting as an integrator, especially when it involves non-ordinary states due to Breathwork or Psychedelics. 

Not everyone has access to or interest in psychedelics. That’s perfectly fine. 

Breathwork can be a powerful tool to get you there as well.

The non-ordinary states allow our mind metaphorically to jump the Default Mode Network to link with the generation of the self (in its many guises) and clarifies the experience of ‘flow.’

In other words… getting fucked up is an excellent way to UnFuck yourself. 

Keep being brave, sharing and integrating.

Remember, everyone’s journey looks different. And there are so many things to consider, including :

  • Where are you starting?
  • Where have you come from?
  • What are your goals?

There is no one way to BE BRAVE!

Keep being brave, sharing and integrating.

-COACH KATHLEEN OH

 

Disclaimer: This post is for information and harm reduction purposes only. Note that psilocybin is deemed Schedule I substances under the United Nations 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances and are illegal in most countries. The author of this blog does not condone the purchase, possession, sale, or consumption of any illegal substances.

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Getting fucked up can be a way to un-fuck yourself.

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