Why Animals Eat Psychoactive Plants

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    Why animals eat psychoactive plants

    Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, learns about drunk elephants, the stoned water buffalo, and the grieving mongoose.

    The United Nations says the drug war’s rationale is to build “a drug-free world — we can do it!” U.S. government officials agree, stressing that “there is no such thing as recreational drug use.” So this isn’t a war to stop addiction, like that in my family, or teenage drug use. It is a war to stop drug use among all humans, everywhere. All these prohibited chemicals need to be rounded up and removed from the earth. That is what we are fighting for.

    I began to see this goal differently after I learned the story of the drunk elephants, the stoned water buffalo, and the grieving mongoose. They were all taught to me by a remarkable scientist in Los Angeles named Professor Ronald K. Siegel.

    The tropical storm in Hawaii had reduced the mongoose’s home to a mess of mud, and lying there, amid the dirt and the water, was the mongoose’s mate — dead. Professor Siegel, a silver-haired official adviser to two U.S. presidents and to the World Health Organization, was watching this scene. The mongoose found the corpse, and it made a decision: it wanted to get out of its mind.

    Two months before, the professor had planted a powerful hallucinogen called silver morning glory in the pen. The mongooses had all tried it, but they didn’t seem to like it: they stumbled around disoriented for a few hours and had stayed away from it ever since. But not now. Stricken with grief, the mongoose began to chew. Before long, it had tuned in and dropped out.

    It turns out this wasn’t a freak occurrence in the animal kingdom. It is routine.continued

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    "There is not a shred of hope from history or from cross-culture studies to suggest that human beings can live without psychoactive substances." Bees drop to the ground after having nectar from certain orchards. Birds get drunk off berries and then fly into windows. After cats sniff certain plants they swing at imaginary objects. Certain range weeds will make cows shake, twitch, and stumble back for more. Elephants purposely get drunk on fermented fruits..."
    From The Natural Mind by Dr. Andrew Weil
    University of Arizona College of Medicine

    Les Blank and Andrew Weil with Further.
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    “The notion that we should live in a drug free world is not even worth discussing"
    Dr Carl Hart on London RealTV

    Lemurs getting high as kites on millipede poison….oh the depravity…..
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LwQ0ZiTYkQ

    Millipedes are a veritable little pharmaceutical chemical factory. A UK garden variety of Glomaris marginata, the millipede that rolls up into a hard little ball when it’s disturbed, has similar chemical defenses:

    G. marginata produces noxious chemicals to ward off potential predators, as many millipedes do. One to eight drops of a viscid fluid are secreted, containing quinazolinone alkaloids, dissolved in a watery protein matrix. These chemicals act as antifeedants and toxins to spiders, insects and vertebrates, and the fluid is sticky enough to entrap the legs of ants. —Wiki.

    Quinazolinone alkaloids include the heterocyclic compound once sold as the Quaalude®, generically known as Methaqualone. It’s suspected the natural Quinazolinone, when consumed, acts to make insect predators sluggish so they’re rendered vulnerable to birds and other insects.
    Servetus July 4, 2015

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