19 January 2012


Thanks to my Facebook friend Clarity Sanderson for sharing this episode from a hilarious online video series called My Drunk Kitchen. It's a comedy spoof of all the niche cooking shows one can find on TV, performed with cool jazz in the background by Hannah Hart.  Here's a list of the episodes available at the MDK website.  

Speaking of altered states (alcohol above), it now appears that the DEA Finally Admits Marijuana is Medicine ~ "by giving pharmaceutical companies exclusive permission to make pills from it."  I've advocated for over forty years that marijuana should be legalized, its quality regulated, sold by licensed outlets, and taxed for revenue ~ just like alcohol is.  Marijuana is not only infinitely less toxic than alcohol, it is a documented medicinal treatment for relieving the symptoms of glaucoma, chemotherapy, chronic pain, arthritis, AIDS, asthma, bipolar disorder, cancer, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, PTSD, sleep apnea, sickle cell disease, and many more.  This DEA action may be the first step in that direction, though they'll never succeed in granting sole rights for distribution to pharma giants.  Too many states have legalized medical marijuana, which represents a lot of voters.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Here's another reference to individual acceptance of substances which produce altered states ~ 10 Scientific and Technological Visionaries Who Experimented with Drugs.  No Timothy Learys or Andrew Weils are present.  Check out the brief article for a fuller description of each of the following ~

~  Sigmund Freud ~ cocaine.
~  Francis Crick ~ LSD.
~  Thomas Edison ~ cocaine elixers.
~  Paul Erdos ~ amphetamines.
~  Steve Jobs ~ LSD.
~  Bill Gates ~ LSD.
~  John C. Lilly ~ LSD, ketamine.
~  Richard Feynman ~ LSD, marijuana, ketamine.
~  Kary Mullis ~ LSD.
~  Carl Sagan ~ marijuana.

This isn't to suggest that drugs make you smarter.  It does suggest (as confirmed by this writer's own experience) that certain drugs remove our societal or personal preconceptions, allowing us to see (literally and figuratively) not only from new perspectives, but also to notice details or relationships which weren't apparent to us while straight.  There is thus a connection with creativity and original thought, common knowledge in the arts for many years.  Move over, Lewis Carroll.

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