Get the government out of our brains

by on 3 June, 2011


Dom Vasta questions why the United Nations has the right to tell us what chemicals we can have inside our own bodies:

N,N-dimethyltryptamine or DMT is a hallucinogen, it is also a commonly occurring trypamine in nature and structurally similar to serotonin, it is found in in the human body at mg/L concentrations in the cerebral spinal fluid, it’s exact function is still unknown but there’s no doubt of it’s importance in the brain. The active dose of DMT is 4mg intravenously, the average human has far more than this. It’s relatively easy to extract from the numerous plants that contain it, which are found on nearly every continent on Earth.

This brings us to the main problem: The 1971 UN Convention on Psychotropic substances. It lists it as a schedule 1 substance; this means that DMT is illegal throughout all member nations, effectively banning people from having possession of it anywhere in the world. While it's not clear whether or not the UN convention was provided with this information before they banned it, the fact that the UN can ban a substance that occurs naturally in the human body as commonly as amino acids, shows that the government will just ban things left and right if given the power.

Without all relevant information people can be convinced that banning water under its chemical name, dihyrdogen monoxide, is a good idea. Special interest groups will always have the ear of the government for their own private motives and will use tactics of omission and sometimes even blatant lies in the cases of drug and gun control, to get their way. So why should they be able legislate what is in the public’s best interest? If the government followed the 1971 convention to the letter, they would have to remove the substance from every person’s spinal cord, a very invasive procedure made completely necessary to enforce an ill thought up law. But how is this different from police today? They have a right to search you on only the suspicion of carrying drugs. It’s only a small step from there to searching you for drugs in your system, and in many cases they do. Roadside drug tests are becoming as common as RBTs, while alcohol has a relatively short half life, the fact that DMT occurs naturally in the body makes it impossible to tell whether the person is using it as a hallucinogen or had no intention to ever use it at all. DMT isn’t the only endogenous substance (produced inside the body)  that is regulated in the interest of protecting people many steroids and hormones are already controlled substances, available only by prescription.  It’s not a big step to apply this to supplements, which could have huge impacts on many people’s wellbeing.

While professional medical training may be needed to diagnose hormone deficiency, self medication with amino acids like tryptophan and fatty acids like omega-3 are used frequently to improve brain function, and these are substances which are not produced in the body but must be taken from outside sources, yet if someone feels that adding more DMT to their system is a pleasurable experience they are to be thrown in jail according to a 40 year old convention. So, why should the UN, or even our own government, be allowed to tell us what we are and aren’t allowed to have inside us, particularly when the substances in question are already produced inside us, not to mention essential for proper mental health.

Dom Vasta is a "freedom loving student" from Brisbane, Australia, who is currently studying Engineering and Science at the University of Queensland. He supports liberalization of drug and gun laws

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