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Terence McKenna: “Cannabis for me was really a turning point. I remember the first time I smoked cannabis and I realized, aha! I can be a normal person with this stuff. I can self medicate myself and I can stop being this incredibly hyperactive, nervous, yammering, skinny, bespectacled Ichabod like creature that I was. Then, I don’t know. I leave it to you to judge the results. My impression was that it helped with that and it helped with my social relations. I was always so alienated and peculiar. But my life has been so totally about drugs that I can’t imagine it any other way. One of the things that most horrified me when I stopped smoking cannabis – and I had always said it about cannabis – was you worry. You worry. People who don’t smoke cannabis worry. Now they would say that they’re tending to business and that that’s part of being an adult. But most worry is superfluous and preposterous.

If I don’t smoke pot for a week, I become very attentive to stuff like balancing my checkbook. Receipts – getting deeply into receipts – and just all this weird stuff. I start thinking ‘gee, is my medical insurance paid up,’ or ‘I should pre-pay my taxes’ – all this kind of thing. Now I suppose to go too far in the other direction, you would just be a complete space case. But my life seems to function very well and people say that I have an abnormally neat apartment so I don’t think I’m letting down too much. Anxiety is a very dubious thing I think and anything that assuages that – as long as it doesn’t sedate you – is probably a pretty good thing.

Your presence makes me think it’s not as eccentric as it probably actually is. So I appreciate your contributing to my own delusional state. I hope you found this information interesting. Avoid gurus, follow plants – it’s like Van Morrison says – no guru, no method, no teacher, just you and me and mother nature in the garden; in the garden wet with rain.

Terence McKenna: "Cannabis for me was really a turning point. I remember the first time I smoked cannabis and I realized, aha! I can be a normal person…

Terence Mckenna – Cannabis Breaks the Chains of Mental Slavery (Video)

A clip from Terence Mckenna’s Under the Teaching Tree talk, about how cannabis compares to legal drugs such as caffeine, alcohol and tobacco.

Cannabis holds many benefits, not necessarily related to its properties as an intoxicant, but as a source of food, lubricants, plastics, fuels, etc. The reason the establishment is so hysterical on the subject of cannabis is because it erodes loyalty to the industrial state.

Why is caffeine enshrined in every labor contract negotiated in the western world as a sacred right for workers, twice daily? And why is cannabis…you can lose your house, car, bank account, art collection simply because you have six plants in the backyard. Why this disparity?

Well what is the effect of caffeine? It makes it possible for you to perform your duty during the last 3 hours of the work cycle with efficiency equal to the first 3 hours of the work cycle. It allows people to tolerate spinning widgets until hell freezes over without a thought ever rising in their mind that maybe this is a ridiculous way to spend your life

Cannabis on the other hand, people aren’t so interested in going to work. They’d rather lay around and make love. They don’t want to watch TV, they’d rather smoke a doobie and have a conversation with a friend. In other words (cannabis) promotes activates that don’t make anyone any money and cause people to question the institutions and the social philosophies that are being shoved down their throats.

Cannabis holds many benefits, not necessarily related to its properties as an intoxicant, but as a source of food, lubricants, plastics, fuels, etc. The reason the establishment is so hysterical on the subject of cannabis is because it erodes loyalty to the industrial state.