Drugs. They’re bad for you, right?
Not always. There are many ways that drugs can be beneficial to your life and not all of them involve getting high. At some point, the law decided which drugs were “illicit substances” and which ones were medicine. The deciding factor is supposedly whether they have a medical use, but we’ve found that the same drugs that can land you in jail do, in fact, have something good to give.
Here I am going to go over the good things each of these illegal drugs can do.
Cannabis, marijuana, weed, pot, or whatever name you call it– it’s one of the most popular of our illegal drugs. It’s a Schedule 1 substance under federal law, but individual states have already begun to accept what it can do for us.
Medical marijuana is often prescribed for chronic pain and the issues that accompany it. Marijuana has been shown to block pain receptors and provide much needed relief to those who suffer pain all too often. It’s also been reported to help relieve the depression and insomnia that often accompanies chronic pain.
Cannabis has also made strides in the treatment of seizures caused by epilepsy. There are many stories of people whose seizures came less often after starting treatment with cannabis derivatives like CBD. You can read on one mom who claims marijuana saved her life here.
Cancer patients also have seen the use of Cannabis approved for their conditions. Marijuana can counteract the nausea caused by chemotherapy. It can also relieve some of the anxiety associated with life-threatening disease.
Several states specifically approve the use of cannabis for PTSD. The calming effects of marijuana can reduce the anxiety that comes with PTSD.
Cocaine is typically seen as a party drug. It is a stimulant and used recreationally to reduce inhibitions and become more energetic.
The recreational use of Cocaine is not one I can recommend, but it has undeniable medical uses. Doctors claim there is no other substance that has the same analgesic and vasoconstriction qualities, a.k.a., no better topical anesthetic. Cocaine is often used as an anesthetic for ear, nose, and throat procedures.
Cocaine is also useful for pain relief, and is sometimes included in a preparation given to people with terminal diseases.
Opium comes from the same poppies you may grow in your garden. Surprisingly, as long as you know they contain opium, this is actually illegal.
Opiates are the broad category of drugs produced from Opium poppies. These drugs are used as pain relief, such as in Morphine. It is also used for surgical analgesia.
Aside from physical pain, Opium can also be used to relieve emotional pain. In some parts of the Middle East, Opium tea is served to mourners at funerals to ease their grief.
Despite the normalized use of Opium elsewhere, it can still land you in jail in America.
Ketamine began as a strong anaesthetic used on animals, then eventually started being used for humans. It has been particularly useful in time-sensitive situations because it doesn’t slow heart rate or breathing. This means a ventilator isn’t required to administer it, unlike some other common anaesthetics.
Ketamine has also been shown to be able to assist in coping with mental illness. Some doctors use it to treat suicidal ideation. This works as a result of a ‘dissociative experience’, a.k.a., a “trip”.
LSD has only recently made its way into modern studies. Before the war on drugs, it was a part of many psychotherapy studies. At that time, and in recent years, LSD, or Lysergic acid diethylamide, has been shown to help with many mental illnesses.
LSD has been useful in treating various mental illnesses, such as depression and PTSD. Of course, not everyone should use psychedelics, but it has helped many people.
It’s also said to spark creativity, likely due to its dissociative properties.
MDMA, also called Molly or Ecstacy, is known as a club drug– but has recently been part of a groundbreaking trial on PTSD treatment. MDMA is a stimulant and boosts both self-awareness and empathy.
The study can be found here.
After two months of treatment of PTSD with MDMA, 67% of participants no longer qualified for the diagnosis. They experienced no threatening side effects.
Psilocybin has been studied in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and addiction. A study was run in which cigarette smokers were given a capsule containing psilocybin, and then monitored to see if it helped them to quit smoking. 80% quit cold-turkey and still weren’t smoking six months later.
Psilocybin has also been shown to help depression and anxiety, particularly in terminal patients. It was reported to greatly decrease fear and anxiety over death, as well as improve overall mood.
Meth is one drug that truly strikes fear in most people. However, it has many medical benefits.
One of these is the treatment of ADHD– you heard it here, Adderall is prescription meth. It also helps with obesity and narcolepsy. Methamphetamine is a stimulant, increasing focus and awareness, and decreasing appetite.
Doctors prescribe the stuff, but if you are caught with meth, you will likely be facing jail time.
Mescaline may be outlawed by the government, but it is a huge part of Native American culture. Some tribes hold ceremonies where they enjoy this plant-based psychedelic together for various reasons. Mescaline comes from a cactus.
In the little observation we’ve done on mescaline, researchers have concluded it can be used to treat depression and addiction. Dr. John Halpern of Harvard spent years studying the drug and reported that it helped reduce alcoholism and drug abuse in the Native American peoples.
In a 2013 study, scientists found that mescaline use throughout life was significantly linked to a lower rate of agoraphobia– the state of feeling threatened by your surroundings.
Khat is one of the lesser known schedule 1 drugs. It is, like marijuana, a skinny, leafy plant. Khat gets its history from East African and Arabic peoples. It is used recreationally for a sense of euphoria, similar to amphetamines.
However, Khat has one very unique medical use– it helps to treat male infertility. Studies show that it helps men to produce a higher amount of effective sperm.
Besides infertility, Khat is also used to treat diabetes, depression, fatigue, obesity, ulcers, and headaches. You could definitely say this particular illicit substance has plenty of medical uses.
I hope this list is helpful to you the next time you consider what you’ve been told about illegal drugs. If you enjoyed this content, be sure to subscribe to my email list!