LSD FINAL

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W i l l i a m s | 1 Patrick Williams WRD 104 Robert Puccinelli Research Paper Final Draft Psychedelic Drugs: Why and Why Not The world we live in today is filled with an ever increasing number of sicknesses, diseases, and ailments. As the list of medical illnesses rises, so do the number of treatments for these conditions. There are numerous forms and styles of treatments for any number of diseases. New age, alternative, unconventional, and experimental treatments are being explored more and more every day. It can be generally agreed upon that if a medicine is successful in the treatment of an illness, it should be used to treat that illness. However, some substances are illegal regardless of their healing capabilities. Substances that fall under the category of “therapeutic, but illegal” are marijuana, psilocybin, and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). It may be hard to believe that substances such as these, carriers of harsh social stigmas, have any use in the world of medicine at all. The harder thing to believe is that these drugs have successfully treated some of the most physically and mentally debilitating illnesses in the world today – many with no known cure. Alcoholism, cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, AIDS, and even drug addiction itself have been treated with the aforementioned substances. If successful treatment has been achieved using these drugs, the question remains: why are these substances illegal, and why aren’t their potential healing powers being explored to the fullest? Psychoactive, psychopharmaceutical, and psychotropic drugs should be used in the treatment of certain ailments and diseases. This essay will explore the origins and effects, possible medical uses of, and reasons for the illegalization of psychotropic drugs. In the United States psychedelic drugs such as marijuana, LSD, and psilocybin mushrooms are condemned as illegal, Schedule I controlled substances. Schedule I is the
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W i l l i a m s | 2 government’s most restrictive category, and all drugs categorized as Schedule I controlled substances must meet the following requirements (Carroll 141): 1. The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse. 2. The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. 3. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision. (“DEA” 812) Immediately, the legitimacy of the first requirement of a Schedule I controlled substance can be thrown out the window because any drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse. Examples of legal substances meeting this requirement include tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine. The debate that specific psychotropic drugs meet the additional two requirements remains to be argued.
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