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Scientists on Drugs. The Cannabis High.

October 18th, 2013 | By


You may not be aware, but Carl Sagan, the renowned scientist, was a marijuana user and also an advocate. I recently came across an excellent essay, written by Sagan in 1969. It contains some remarkable insights, given the date of publication – although I guess it was the sixties.


He is very complimentary:


“The enjoyment of food is amplified; tastes and aromas emerge that for some reason we ordinarily seem to be too busy to notice. I am able to give my full attention to the sensation. A potato will have a texture, a body, and taste like that of other potatoes, but much more so. Cannabis also enhances the enjoyment of sex – on the one hand it gives an exquisite sensitivity, but on the other hand it postpones orgasm: in part by distracting me with the profusion of image passing before my eyes. The actual duration of orgasm seems to lengthen greatly, but this may be the usual experience of time expansion which comes with cannabis smoking.”


Interesting to hear a scientist talking about the time expansion of cannabis. To explain how this works, Bob Melamede a PHD cannabinoid biochemist says this.


“We all have a certain perception, awareness and whether we are happier or sadder depends on our environment, genetics etc, so cannabis just shifts that level. What does that really mean though? What’s going on? Well, we know we have these cannabinoid receptors permeating our body and regulating everything in your body and they are doing that by virtue of the information that we take in through our senses.”


“Parts of our brain sample those signals with a certain degree of periodicity so when you’re high what happens is it actually increases the sampling rate so that in a second of time you have actually take more little pieces of information than you would in other circumstances. Non-high circumstances.”


He continues:


“And what that effectively does is it stretches out time. If normally you have five events in a second and now you have 5 events in a half second, you’ll have twice that much in one second so you have more happening in a unit of time. ”


“This is what gives you the enhanced sensitivity, the enhanced creativity because you’re not so wired down a path. There’s more fluidity in all of those extra pieces that you’re getting coming in. So in any event, think what that really means – imagine a government that has outlawed your ability to actually feel more of your life. ”


“That sounds pretty damned unconstitutional to me, aside from the fact that all this is beneficial to your existence. What we do with what flows through us has a lot to do with not only how happy we are but how healthy we are because they are so linked together.”


So there we have it.


Cannabis allows you to experience more of your life. Why wouldn’t it be illegal?


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