Don’t take hallucinogenic drugs on the beach until wolf population diminishes.

I have received another missive from this blog’s occasional Canadian correspondent, Anna Smith. She lives on a boat on a river in Vancouver. This is what she says:

A psychiatrist from Imperial College in London named Dr Nutt was on the CBC radio today, extolling the therapeutic benefits of LSD, psilocybin, Ayahuasca and ketamine (not all at once though) to treat depression and to combat suicidal thoughts.

I agree with him that it’s tragic that doctors are not allowed to prescribe these drugs (except for experimental use) when they could be used to prevent suicide.

They were outlawed because they were the only drugs to have a political effect (like making people not feel like engaging in war).

There are some contraindications against hallucinogens – for example in young people and in people predisposed to schizophrenia.

On Vancouver Island, some beaches had to be closed because wolves were attacking dogs.

On a different beach there were guns fired in a dispute over clam licences.

I don’t recommend taking drugs on the beach until the wolf population diminishes and the shootouts die down.

In fact it’s never a good idea to take drugs on a beach. Better to take them on stage in a busy strip club or somewhere near a hospital.

One of my neighbours, the sturgeon fisherman, became concerned because he noticed I was filling up bleach bottles with water from a hose. He thought I was going to drink it. He wanted to give me some plastic jugs of store-bought water and I had a job to convince him that I prefer the water from the hose. My hose is attached to a spigot that is attached to a pipe that is attached to the water main that delivers fresh water from the nearby glaciers on Mount Seymour. It’s probably the best water in the world other than drinking straight from a stream.

Hoses are an important subject of discussion out here.

I don’t mind that.

One of my best friends was called The Hose Guy.

Last night I discovered a Mongolian man singing at the bus stop. After I asked him if he was singing Mongolian songs (as he seemed to be doing) he asked, in surprise, in halting English, whether I was going to Mongolia.

I said: “No. I’m going to Montreal.”

I asked him if there were lots of redheads in Mongolia and he said no. They have lots of grass and lots of sheep. He put his hands on his head to mimic a sheep’s ears because it was hard for me to understand his accent.

Here is a hip hop Smoke Dance which I thought you might like to see.

 

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2 responses to “Don’t take hallucinogenic drugs on the beach until wolf population diminishes.

  1. Owen Morgan

    I agree that banned drugs can have a therapeutic benefit when administered in correct dosage and according to the patient’s condition, but more research needs to be done on this before it can be considered as they are very powerful. I’m afraid it’s a legacy of Timothy Leary’s irresponsibility in advocating the random, uncontrolled use of such potent hallucinogens as LSD, that has led them to be ruled out for serious medical use under any cirumstances- Leary was himself a psychologist and biochemist, so people tended to assume that because of that, he knew what he was talking about. He was very wrong, and his advocacy of the uncontrolled abuse of such drugs led to a lot of deaths and suicides in the ’60s and early ’70s.
    I gather that cannabis may soon be legalised in Canada next year if a ruling by the Supreme Court in Ottowa is to be believed- another dodgy thing. There are many different types of cannabis, especially the powerful sort known as ‘skunk’- it can be a horrific experience for someone who has mental health problems. I had a skunk joint a few years ago and it was a most terrifying experience.
    I’d advise Anna Smith not to use empty bleach bottles for fresh water- however well they’ve been washed out and scrubbed, they can still harbour residues of congealed bleach that can slowly dissolve in water and be very poisonous, causing blindness and other damaging effects.

    Like the new Andy Warhol-style pictures of you that you’ve put up on the site John!!

    • Anna

      Hi Owen Morgan !
      Just thought I’d write to reassure you that I am using the bleach bottles only for water used for cleaning (hopefully some of the congealed residue might destroy a few germs too). For drinking water I’m using large soda pop bottles at the moment, because the hose I use normally burst when it froze this winter). The hose is made of rubber and suitable for carrying drinking water, unlike the vinyl hoses which leach into the drinking water and taste horrible.
      Thanks for your insightful thoughts and the reminder not to use the bleach bottles for drinking from though. Sometimes I write rather speedily and without enough clarity.
      I hope you have a nice spring and that your television is working ok these days.
      Best wishes,
      Anna

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