Honestly, I think drugs like that are more useful the more disconnected you are from your ecology and the systems that surround you. They serve as a good perspective-setter, and can be paradigm-shifting if you are extremely disconnected, as many Westerners seem to be.
I'm taking neuropharmacology next term, I might be able to weigh in a little more on what various psychedelics actually do.
Looking forward to it!
Tbh, most psychedelics have been really disappointing for me. I always preferred amphetamines, for some reason. Perhaps because my mind is so fucking noisy at the best of times, and they seemed to quiet it down somewhat.
These days my biggest intoxicants are caffeine and nicotine though. #straightedge-ish
I'm rather fond of mushrooms and the calming aftereffects they have on me. They definitely reduce my tendency toward anxiety.
I can't stand stimulants other than caffeine, and even that's a little iffy for me. I take Ritalin to help me focus and get shit done though, and that's not too bad although I feel a little TOO focused on it.
Mushroom have the opposite effect on me, they make me jumpy and edgy. I wonder what that says about my body chemistry...
In my experience mushrooms just make you think that EVERYTHING you think of is a great idea!
For example, I was hating some random guy nearby very much(for existing near me), i was loving watching the birds fly by. Also, everything that shouldn't move, moved. At a certain point i spent at least an hour completely fascinated by my hand and the way it was moving when it didn't. Things that normally moved annoyed me when they moved while everything else was riveting. I couldn't focus worth fuck-all though. I tried to read a book in the beginning, it got very hard to keep reading. The damn wind kept distracting me by moving nearby plants.
Anyway, my point was... Maybe you think your paranoia is a good thing?
How many distrust-reinforcing experiences have you had?