Using MDMA and LSD helped save Ayelet Waldmans marriage

You won’t find Ayelet Waldman dancing up a storm in a sweaty nightclub or off her face at a music festival, instead the 53-year-old believes taking LSD and MDMA have helped her to be a better wife and mother.

The Californian mother-of-four has never taken drugs recreationally but specifically as a marital aid and as part of a month-long experiment to help gain more control over her moods.

Ahead of her talk at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas this weekend, Ms Waldman told news.com.au that medical research into the potential benefits of drugs like LSD for treating mental health issues was growing every day, including that it had fewer side effects and could be less dangerous than other legal drugs.

Ms Waldman can personally vouch for LSD, also known as acid. She experimented on herself for one month, taking the equivalent of a single dose of LSD divided into 10 microdoses, which she took every three days.

She took the tiny doses mainly for legal reasons because the prison sentence in the US would be lower if she got caught with a smaller amount of the drug.

Some might wonder why she would take the risk at all, given she had a lot to lose.

As well as being a former lawyer and law professor turned novelist and essayist, she was also a wife and mother to four children.

But as she writes in her book A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life, Ms Waldman was prone to unstable moods as well as anxiety and depression.

Desperate for a new approach after a lifetime of taking cocktails of prescription medication, Ms Waldman decided to see if LSD could help and surprisingly found that it did.

“It resolved my intractable depression overnight, I simply wasn’t depressed and I was suicidally depressed before,” she said. “I wasn’t depressed the day that I took it and that was very striking.”

She found that the most dramatic change was how much more productive she was at work and her children also noticed she was less angry.

“I didn’t fly off into uncontrollable rages, I was able to do my work and be presentable,” she said.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that if it was legal I would be taking it now.”

However, Ms Waldman did have more trouble sleeping and also understands that she may simply have experienced a placebo effect, which is why more research is so important.

In her book she also talks about her use of MDMA, which she has taken “six or seven times” in the last 10 years as a marital aid.

She has taken the drug, also known as ecstasy, with her husband every couple of years to help them re-engage with each other but not physically as some might expect.

“For six hours, we talked about our feelings for each other, why we love each other, how we love each other,” she writes of their first experience.

However, she also writes about the potential risks in taking the drugs and making sure the supply is tested for purity. The drug’s effect also tends to wear off each time you do it and so it’s important to share the experience with the right person.

“I believe that with whom you do MDMA for the first time might even be more important than with whom you have sex for the first time,” she writes.

While drugs like MDMA and LSD remain illegal in the US and most other parts of the world, other drugs like Valium and fentanyl are available with a prescription, even though many have complained about their side effects and opioid-induced deaths in Australia have almost doubled in the last decade.

Ms Waldman believes the complex history of drug use in America has led to the outlawing of some while others became legal.

“In the US it comes back to race and politics,” she said. “Drugs have been criminalised as they’ve become tied to different racial groups.”

Writer Ayelet Waldman. Photo / Getty Images
Writer Ayelet Waldman. Photo / Getty Images

Drugs were not illegal in the 19th century when the typical opioid addict was a woman who used laudanum but this changed with the introduction of marijuana, which politicians and the media tied to hordes of Mexicans crossing the borders.

Ms Waldman said there were articles about sex-crazed Mexicans being driven to rape by marijuana, “which if you’ve ever smoked marijuana is laughable”.

Later fears were raised over the use of cocaine, which reportedly could made African-American men immune to the consequences of being shot by bullets of small caliber guns.

Even to this day police in the America’s south carry larger guns, she said.

Early media coverage of LSD had been quite positive and featured housewives talking about how it cured their depression and gave them new insight into the world.

But as the use of psychedelics became tied to anti-Vietnam War activists and civil rights protesters, parents were terrified by Dr Timothy Leary’s message to “turn on, tune in, drop out”.

“With the hippies it became very terrifying because if a child stops listening to you, drops out of college and starts doing acid, this is catastrophic for parents,” Ms Waldman said.

She said people could not in fact overdose on psychedelics but overdoses on other drugs were attributed to LSD and there were a handful of people who died after falling out of windows for example.

“The truth is, psychedelics are very powerful but they are not physically powerful except when the experience they cause is profound and awful,” she said. “What I’m calling for is more research.”

Ms Waldman said one of the possible benefits of having Donald Trump as the President of the United States, was that other countries may start considering other approaches to drug use.

“I think that the single greatest impediment to more research … is obviously its illegality,” she said.

She said other countries have tried to change their drug laws in the past but have had the US come down hard on them and demand support for its “war on drugs”.

“The US used to be and has always been, an international bully,” she said.

“The previous president was respected so other countries toed the line,” she said.

“Now we have a lunatic as president and other countries no longer feel they have to do anything he says.”

Ms Waldman said she hoped that models for decriminalisation of drugs, such as the one in Portugal, which has seen a dramatic drop in overdoses, HIV and drug-related crime, may now have a chance to spread across the Western world.

If Voters Pass Marijuana Initiatives $2 Billion Could Be Generated In Just Four States

By Aaron Kesel

According to a report, the medical and recreational marijuana markets in four states could generate an estimated more than $2 billion in combined sales – provided voters pass legalization ballot initiatives on Nov. 6, Marijuana Business Daily reported.

If the states of Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota and Utah vote to pass medical marijuana or recreational use, they will generate a combined $2 billion dollars in annual sales within several years, according to MBD.

The website further reports that if all four states pass marijuana legislation, amending the federal  U.S. Controlled Substances Act may not be too far behind. This would allow each state to determine its own marijuana policies not governed by federal law.

It’s also worth noting that if the U.S. House flips to the Democrats, fullscale reform may follow.

“If Democrats are in charge (of the House), I think the momentum will be unstoppable,” U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat, said last week.

While Democrats winning the House may make reform a future possibility “it’s the people in leadership who have the power … and whether they want this to get done sooner or later,” Douglas Berman, an Ohio State University law professor who writes about marijuana policy wrote in a blog post.

In a break with his own administration’s policy under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, U.S. President Donald Trump has previously said he would support a legislative proposal leaving marijuana legalization to the states to decide.

Trump plans to pursue federally legalizing medical marijuana following next month’s midterm races, according to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican.

The Trump administration has made a “solid commitment” to reform marijuana laws, and the president has spoken in support of federally legalizing the plant for medical purposes, Rohrabacher told Fox Business Channel.

“I have been talking to people inside the White House who know and inside the president’s entourage,” Mr. Rohrabacher said, Fox Business reported. “I have talked to them at length. I have been reassured that the president intends on keeping his campaign promise.

“I would expect after the election we will sit down and we’ll start hammering out something that is specific and real,” he added. “It could be as early as spring of 2019, but definitely in the next legislative session.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has previously suggested that the Department of Justice may crack down on people who grow and sell marijuana, even in the now 30 some states that legalized the plant, echoing the drawn-out argument that it is still against federal law.

Federal laws currently classify marijuana as a Schedule I drug — the highest level of classification given to illegal drugs which unfairly puts it in the same category as heroin and ecstasy.

Sessions agrees with that classification and is against the legalization of medical marijuana.

“We need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized, it ought not to be minimized, that it’s in fact a very real danger,” Sessions said at a Senate hearing on recreational marijuana in April 2016.

Last year, Congress blocked a bill to allow veterans with PTSD access to medical marijuana as a substitute to big pharma’s opioids. Despite Sessions’ opposition to legalization medical marijuana, the drug has been shown to reverse a decade of rising opioid deaths in Colorado.

However, Congress isn’t giving Sessions the funds that he wants to start his revival of the war against marijuana, as Congress itself has increased support for the legalization of the drug and has denied Sessions money to fight his new crusade.

Sessions himself has previously claimed that marijuana causes violence and ordered harsher sentencing of non-violent drug offenders.

“Most of you probably know I don’t think America is going to be a better place when more people of all ages and particularly young people start smoking pot,” Sessions said during an exchange with reporters at the Justice Department. “I believe it’s an unhealthy practice and current levels of THC in marijuana are very high compared to what they were a few years ago.”

“We’re seeing real violence around that,” Sessions said. “Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved.”

Since Congress didn’t give Sessions any money to fight his war on drugs, it remains to be seen how he will accomplish his goal; but his stance is clear as day:  he hates marijuana users, sellers and growers despite the growing support to finally legalize the drug for medical use within Congress.

That might be closer to reality than Sessions hopes if the House is flipped in favor of the Democrats. If the House is flipped and Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota and Utah vote to pass medical marijuana or recreational use the states will have a whole new revenue stream.

Aaron Kesel writes for Activist Post. Support us at Patreon. Follow us on Minds, Steemit, SoMee, BitChute, Facebook and Twitter. Ready for solutions? Subscribe to our premium newsletter Counter Markets.

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Drug Menu from Union Tepito

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from:
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David García “El Pistache”, 32, identified as the leader of the Tepito Union Cartel and Daniel Eduardo León “El Tiger”, 28, the organization’s financial operator, were detained in an exclusive area of Santa Fe, and according to  Salvador García Soto, author of the column “Serpientes y Escaleras” published in El Universal, was the first to have cried when he was arrested by federal forces.

“El Pistache” controlled the largest organization in Mexico City of drug sales , extortion, human trafficking and ordering the execution of its rivals, but wept when it was arrested, according to the aforementioned column.

Also, the ”drug menu” offered to their clients by the social network of WhatsApp, according to what was found on cell phones of detainees, is offered in detail.


Below we present the list of products and prices managed by the Tepito Union:

Popper boat $ 800

Normal white (cocaine) 1 gram $ 250 4X $ 1,000

White 1 gram $ 800 2X $ 1,500

White Lavender 1 gram $ 1,700

Crack paper $ 150

Tachas Armani $ 150

Molly mdma capsules $ 150

ICE Crystal 1 gram $ 300

Weed (marijuana):

Moon Rock 3 grams $ 700

Medicinal 3 grams $ 700

Chronicle 5 grams $ 150

Skunk 10 grams $ 300

Hydro 1 gram $ 150

Hydro sativa medical 1 gram $ 250

Hashis 1 gram $ 150

Wax 1 gram $ 450

Sheets paper Rolling $ 50

Pipe smoking crack or weed of Onyx Stone $ 100

(Sativa-indica) Porro (Hydro-Sativa and hash) $ 500

LCD Gomitas $ 200

Rivotril 2gr. 1 tablet $ 100

Tafil 2gr Tablet $ 100

Cartridge for pen 1 gram $ 2000

Universal electronic cigar $ 500

HOME SERVICE OFFERED 24 HOIURS A DAY / 365 DAYS A YEAR !

NOTE: I am assuming that these prices are in Pesos, nothing says otherwise……..

As Overdose Deaths Soar To Record Highs, FDA Approves New Painkiller Thats 1,000X More Powerful Than Morphine

Purdue Pharma and other pioneers of powerful opioid painkillers probably felt a twinge of regret on Friday when the FDA approved a powerful new opioid painkiller that’s 10 times stronger than fentanyl  – the deadly synthetic opioid that’s been blamed for the record number of drug overdose deaths recorded in 2017 – and 1,000 times more powerful than morphine, ignoring the objections of lawmakers and its own advisory committee in the process.

After all that trouble that purveyors of opioids like Purdue and the Sackler family went to in order to win approval –doctoring internal research and suborning doctors to convince the FDA to approve powerful painkillers like OxyContin despite wildly underestimating the drug’s abuse potential – the agency might very well have approved those drugs any way? And opioid makers might have been able to avoid some of the legal consequences stemming from this dishonesty, like the avalanche of lawsuits brought by state AGs.

What’s perhaps even more galling is that the FDA approved the drug after official data showed 2017 was the deadliest year for overdose deaths in US history, with more than 70,000 recorded drug-related fatalities, many of which were caused by powerful synthetic opioids like the main ingredient in Dsuvia, the brand name under which the new painkiller will be sold.

Dsuvia

Dsuvia is a 3-millimeter tablet of sufentanil made by AcelRx. It’s a sublingual tablet intended to provide effective pain relief in patients for whom most oral painkillers aren’t effective. The FDA’s advisory committee voted 10-3 to recommend approval of the drug, a decision that was accepted by the FDA on Friday. The agency justified its decision by insisting that Dsuvia would be subject to “very tight” restrictions.

“There are very tight restrictions being placed on the distribution and use of this product,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in a written statement Friday regarding his agency’s approval of Dsuvia. “We’ve learned much from the harmful impact that other oral opioid products can have in the context of the opioid crisis. We’ve applied those hard lessons as part of the steps we’re taking to address safety concerns for Dsuvia.”

Still, some of the agency’s actions looked to critics like attempts to stifle internal criticism. For example, the agency scheduled the advisory committee vote on a day where the chairman of the committee, who was opposed to approval, could not attend – while circumventing its normal vetting process, despite the fact that the member in question had notified the agency of his unavailability months beforehand.

But the FDA rejected any and all criticisms related to Dsuvia being sold as a street drug by insisting that the risk of diversion (when doctor-prescribed drugs are illicitly sold on the black market) was low because the drug would only be prescribed in hospital settings, and wouldn’t be doled out at pharmacies. But critics said that, given its potency, Dsuvia would “for sure” be diverted at some level. They also rejected the FDA’s argument that Dsuvia satisfied an important need for pain treatment: offering rapid, effective relief for obese patients or others lacking easily accessible veins.

While a niche may eventually be found for Dsuvia, “it’s not like we need it…and it’s for sure, at some level, going to be diverted,” said Dr. Palmer MacKie, assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine and director of the Eskenazi Health Integrative Pain Program in Indianapolis. “Do we really want an opportunity to divert another medicine?”

Fortunately for Dsuvia’s manufacturer, AcelRx, these public health risks pale in comparison to the enormous profits that the company stands to reap from sales. The company anticipates $1.1 billion in annual sales, and hopes to have its product in hospitals early next year.

It goes without saying that cancer patients and others suffering from life threatening illnesses have a legitimate need for effective pain relief. But when the FDA says Dsuvia is needed in the hospital setting, it probably isn’t telling the whole story. Because, as the Washington Post pointed out, the medication’s development was financed in part by the Department of Defense, which believes Dsuvia will be an effective treatment for emergency pain relief on the battlefield – like when a soldier gets his legs blown off after accidentally stepping on an IUD.

Meanwhile, the Department of Justice’s Jeff Sessions-backed war on medical marijuana continues despite President Trump’s token resistance.

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We are a cannabis and medical marijuana news site providing informative articles and latest news and updates on the changing climate around cannabis in the United States, and around the globe.

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