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Psychedelic Drug Use Essay

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Psychedelic drug use has been present in both traditions and used recreationally for millennia. Their use can be seen in all corners of the planet by many sects of religions and indigenous peoples. Reasons for usage vary from religious or medical purposes, hunting, war, and spirituality. The drug use was viewed with much less of a negative stigma than it is today.
It wasn't until recently that the government cracked down on the use of psychedelic drugs. They placed many of the drugs into schedules in which the legality of the drug was assigned. Most of the drugs can be found on the list of schedule one substances. Schedule one drugs are drugs that have a high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical use, and has a lack of accepted safety under medical supervision. So why is it that these natural substances used for millennia are just becoming stigmatised and controlled? According to american ethnobotanist, Terence Kemp McKenna, the patriarchal society that we live in today was caused by the restriction of psychedelic
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