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Weed made me sleepy, but that could be just me, I guess. My brother had a different reaction talk, talk, talk ...

Marijuana seems to be one of those odd drugs that affect people in a variety of ways. I've met people ... expect of a hallucinogen; I've met people like your brother, who responded to it as if it were a stimulant.

I've only rarely indulged; and the only biggish session I was in led me to believe that the familiar roads I drove home by were all running downhill. (It was about three in the morning, so nobody was about; and I was half-way home before it occurred to me that I might not be fit to drive.)

I thought about that, but that's what the site said, ... to describe the effects of a good toke or ten.

Drugs extracted from cannabis are hallucinogenic, not narcotic.

Legally, I suspect cannabis is classified as a narcotic in many countries. One dictionary says a drug must be addictive to be a narcotic, so cannabis, many of us would agree, does not fit the bill.
A narcotic makes one feel sleepy, numb, or stuporous, and (at least here in the US) the word always refers to opiates or opioid substances. We usually use them to fight that pain on which little else will work.

Thank goodness for morphine.
Isn't cocaine classified as a narcotic, it having nearly opposite effects to those above?
A hallucinogen alters one's perceptions and breaks down the brain's ability to process linear thought. There's no current acceptable medical use for most hallucinogens, though LSD therapy has been shown quite effective in cases of chemical dependence.

Are MDs permitted to prescribe it for that purpose? UK MDs being the most likely candidates, I'd guess.
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Obviously, you are not a drug user (or are a stupid one).

As far as I know, users do not classify drugs by market demand or by legal consequences. Users don't care ... their bodies. They don't care about the legal consequences because it never occurs to them that they might get caught.

David may have been on the right track if you're including the use of cannabis. Of course cannabis smokers, a great many of them, are concerned about legal consequences. Does anyone think we're a bunch of idiots or that we're hooked on the drug, it taking away our volition? Like most partakers, not that I've done it with any degree of frequency but few college students haven't given it a go, I've tried to do it in the safest way possible so as not to be detected. Where it's legal, no problem, of course.

Charles Riggs
To my way of thinking, the only sensible way of ... in your pocket makes no sense at all to me.

Weed made me sleepy, but that could be just me, I guess. My brother had a different reaction talk, talk, talk ...

With me, talk, talk, talk and eat, eat, eat. Hash is different: f.., f..., f... In the old days, that is.
I'm told that LSD can affect a person however they expect it to affect them. One of Tim Leary's basic principles for its use is that the patient has to be properly prepared... that is to say, to tell them what to expect.

On my second, and last, experience with it I was with a couple of students at Catholic University in Washington, DC. Under it, I was convinced I was Jesus Christ. Much as I respect Timothy Leary, I'm pretty certain no-one suggested I take on that character and, to my knowledge, it's not something I'd normally wish for. Strange stuff, LSD.

Charles Riggs
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No, quibbling about putting cannabis in the same category with the coca and poppy derivatives.

What's wrong with poppy derivatives? I use ground white poppyseed as a thickening in curries and I know it is ... be made from it. It's nothing like those blueish poppy seeds they use on bread, but neither sort are drugs.

During the early 60s it was popular at my school to eat a quantity of Morning Glory seeds now and then for their alleged hallucinogenic qualities. 'Blues' they had to be. The local shops put that variety off-limits eventually.
Nutmeg dissolved in hot water then drunk like a tea, as well, but I learned that one later from a California couple I was traveling with. I wasn't convinced there was anything to either belief.

Bad idea with the nutmeg anyway since an agent with a drug-sniffing German shepherd had me unpack my rucksack on the train to Stockholm, thereby finding a small bag of ground nutmeg. After I explained it wasn't what he must have thought it was, I was allowed to go on my merry way.
Vietnam war days back then, when Americans were as unpopular in Sweden as a fart in an elevator, so it didn't surprise me too much, as the only American on board, that no-one else's suitcases or rucksacks were examined or even sniffed.

Charles Riggs, who is not a suspicious-looking character
From the article, I understood that even seeds from our Mendocino crop could yield harmless cannabis butter.

Well, even the butter made with the resinous buds is "harmless", but to avoid the THC you'd need to be ... seeds themselves do not have the active ingredient but they are each individually ensconced in tissue that's loaded with it.

The next time you strip some of these seeds, send the coats my way, all right?
It may be worth noting that there are two basic types of butter lactic (aka cultured) and sweet-cream. Most ... a culture added to them, and are often unsalted. I assume Left- and Under-pondian butter is largely the sweet-cream type.

I don't know about Aussie Land, but both are available in the Land of Huge Shopping Centers. Here, the unsalted isn't available in the large-size package of the other, and I don't see it being checked out nearly as often. Unsalted appears to be for the connoisseurs of bread with butter, with no other spread added to destroy the subtle flavour.

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Of course. If hallucinogens had been made illegal before narcotics, we might very well be referring to all illicit drugs as "hallucinogens" now. (I wonder: What would "narcs" be called?)

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't tell you that.
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