Sacred Mushrooms and the Law
The law is… a mish-mash that renders Nature an illicit drug-lab.
The First Amendment of the Constitution guaranteed each of us freedom of religious expression. Yet, for all practical purposes, the entheogenic experience – has been outlawed in the United States. [Now], a fascinating discourse on cognitive liberty comparing laws criminalizing the use of entheogenic mushrooms to a kind of “New Speak”. In George Orwell’s, Nineteen Eight-Four, the Oceania government established New Speak, a carefully crafted language designed by the government for the purpose of making unapproved modes of thought impossible. Our modern laws that criminalize sacred mushrooms [in particular those which outlaw Nature’s production methods in favor of patented variants/processes, insist on a “regulated” set and setting under threat of punishment, or will advertently and/or inadvertently exacerbate socio-economic inequity] – effectively outlaw unapproved states of consciousness – including certain religious ecstatic experiences. [After-all] the War on Drugs is not a war on pills, power, plants and potions, it is a war on mental states. It is a war on consciousness itself – how much, what sort we are permitted to experience and who gets to control it”. Many believe that the mushrooms talk to them, opening up channels of communication with animal and spirit entities.