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24 June 2005

Cannabis Psychosis Myth Explosion #2

A comment on this post, and comments from a few others, have related that the alleged link between cannabis use and psychosis was bandied about during the Sixties, and indeed for some considerable time before, as if this was some sort of valid argument to defend the fact that the myth is still being perpetuated.

The Antagonist wishes to make one thing clear before addressing these claims:
    The existence of the notion of a link between long-term cannabis use and psychosis is not sufficient basis to assume that there exists any link at all.
In response to those who still suffer the psychosis and confusion that arises from a distinct lack of cannabis use, The Antagonist dedicates the following:
Every thing must necessarily must be viewed in the context of every other thing.

In this instance, and with regard to Sixties, the expounding of notions of the myth of a link between cannabis and psychosis must be viewed within the context of what were deemed to be 'excessively permissive' times.

During the Swinging Sixties, cannabis use was at an all-time high, and the propaganda campaign started when governments came to the realisation that their control over the general population, cannabis users in particular, was rather more tenuous than they first thought.

It still is, They still think so, and so the cycle repeats, evolving us no further forward than when it was first assumed that the morality of the masses could be enforceably legislated by the miniscule minority that sought to do so.

Taken in its correct context, the attempts of authorities to promote the myth of a link between any principle factor behind any cultural revolution that threatens their positions of power, influence and control, and some catastrophic and disastrous consequence, can be seen exactly for what it is - a very deliberate and specific tool of propaganda that has no substance.

The same notion of a link between cannabis and psychosis was indeed prevalent in the sixties and still continues. This leaves us with the facts, some fifty years later, that a long standing myth continues to be expounded today, and for which science has no supporting evidence, despite half a century of dedicated scientific reasearch using increasingly sophisticated and advanced technology.

To scientists, governments and politicians:
    Propaganda can alter perceptions of history but it cannot change history. Nor can it change the resonance of the consequences of that history which lives on in each and every one of us.

    Millennia of empirical and experiential evidence shows continued use of cannabis throughout evolution and across every civilisation and culture known to man, without harm to self, or others.

    Let the myth go or, alternatively, come clean and admit your lies.
To everyone else:
    Blaze Ganja!

1 comment:

bleed said...

In response to your thoughts on the explosion of cannabis myths; I felt compelled to leave you my perception on this issue from the experiences that I’ve had. Although these experiences may or may not be of the best credit, I find that I become more “universally conscious” at a higher rate than those I analyze around me. It is for this reason that I suggest you to look into “the battle of the paper over hemp within the newspaper industry”. William Randolph Hurst led this front against hemp and all cannabis so that paper could remain the top selling commodity for the media. Once again the media role on shaping this nations public to back the negative ideas on hemp or anything else should surprise no one. I would not be suppressed if you have heard this before though so don’t think I’m telling you a thing or two on your ideas, you are also very correct.