Posts Tagged ‘Latin America’

Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate

Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate
New Study Calls for a More Rational Approach to Cannabis Control ‘That which is prohibited cannot easily be regulated’ A new book published by the Beckley Foundation and Oxford University Press has concluded that cannabis prohibition policies have comprehensively failed and that a new approach...
February 4th, 2010 | Drug Policy | Read More

Are Charter Cities the way to Third World Prosperity?

Are Charter Cities the way to Third World Prosperity?
Could new communities sponsored by the West help end poverty or would they just become another manifestation of neocolonial profiteering? All over Africa this evening, students will sit outside their homes and read textbooks under street lights. They do this because they have no electricity at home....
February 1st, 2010 | Social Insight | Read More

The Shaman’s Renaissance

The Shaman’s Renaissance
A new religion is spreading to Britain – its central sacrament the consumption of a hallucinogenic Class A drug. Here’s a report from the faith’s heartland in the rainforests of the Amazon I am deep in the Amazon rainforest, anxiously losing my mind as the world begins to disintegrate....
February 1st, 2010 | Spirituality | Read More

Let’s Eliminate Welfare for Terrorists

Let’s Eliminate Welfare for Terrorists
Of all the factors on the table in the current Afghan strategic review, the war on drugs and its unintended consequences should be front and center. Our 95-year effort to create a Drug Free America by enforcing world-wide prohibition has twisted our foreign policy out of shape all over the globe and...
January 29th, 2010 | Social Insight | Read More

Let’s All Move To Portugal

Let’s All Move To Portugal
Pop quiz: Which European country has the most liberal drug laws? (Hint: It’s not the Netherlands.) Although its capital is notorious among stoners and college kids for marijuana haze–filled “coffee shops,” Holland has never actually legalized cannabis — the Dutch simply don’t...
January 20th, 2010 | Drug Policy | Read More

Wasson and the Psychedelic Revolution

Wasson and the Psychedelic Revolution
Brainwaving is delighted to introduce the first in a series of essays by Prof. Carl Ruck, best known for his work in mythology and religion on the sacred role of entheogens, or psychoactive plants that induce an altered state of consciousness, as used in religious or shamanistic rituals. His focus has...
January 18th, 2010 | Altered States | Read More

Does Cocaine make you Smarter?

Does Cocaine make you Smarter?
Hey. Did any of you read this paper on the role of G9a in cocaine-induced dendritic spine plasticity? No? OK, well did you at least read this summary of the findings in Time? Still no? Fine. The gist is that repeated coke use suppresses a protein called G9a, which slows the growth of dendritic spines...
January 15th, 2010 | Science of the Mind | Read More

Legalisation: The First Hundred Years

Legalisation: The First Hundred Years
What happened when drugs were legal and why they were prohibited Mike Jay Today, as the notion of legalising drugs is making its way into the mainstream political agenda for the first time in living memory, one of the most common objections to it is that it represents...
January 3rd, 2010 | Social Insight | Read More

Enter the Jaguar

Enter the Jaguar
The monumental ruins of Chavín de Huantar, ten thousand feet up in the Cordillera Blanca of the Peruvian Andes, are, officially, a mystery. The vast, ruined granite and sandstone structures – cyclopean walls, huge sunken plazas and step pyramids – date from around 1000BC but, although they...
December 15th, 2009 | Altered States | Read More

A Village that Cocaine Built

A Village that Cocaine Built
The village of La Reforma in eastern Guatemala doesn’t seem like the kind of place that would have a first-rate hospital and a handful of mansions. There’s no bank, no grocery store and more than 70% of the inhabitants of the municipality that includes La Reforma, called Huite, are poor....
November 20th, 2009 | Drug Policy | Read More