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Are psychedelic drugs Silicon Valley’s productivity secret?

Published On: 12-29-2015 in Category: psychedelic

are psychedelic drugs silicon valley

The stigma of drug addiction is profound, and is at times termed as “mental failing.” Drug abusers are generally perceived as unscrupulous beings with no willpower to control the urge for psychedelic substances. People are more likely to show little or no sympathy toward those suffering from drug addiction than those with mental illness.

Knowing the health risks associated with drug abuse may motivate many addicts to stay away from it. But what if someone does not consider these drugs as unsafe? It may be challenging for a regular abuser to quit the habit at once, since the brain cultivates and stimulates an overwhelming desire to use the drug.

For people working in an atmosphere that only promotes and supports intense competition, innovation and creativity, micro-dosing is a way of life. In what is being attributed to the exploratory culture of Silicon Valley, a tech startup worker, on request of anonymity, revealed that he took micro-dosages in his office to enhance his way of thinking.

Drugs and technology go together in Silicon Valley

Taking psychotropic drugs to boost productivity is not new in Silicon Valley. The culture that focuses only on business and competition banks on unprecedented ideas tied strongly to ingenious processes. Ways and methods to enhance creativity are actively sought after here, and hallucinogens are believed to help approach problems differently.

Tim Ferriss, a Silicon Valley investor, told CNN Money, “The billionaires I know, almost without exception, use hallucinogens on a regular basis. They are trying to be very disruptive and look at the problems in the world … and ask completely new questions.”

The curtain on the best kept productivity secret of the Silicon Valley got drawn away with the prosecution of a high profile escort, Alix Tichelman, for allegedly injecting Forrest Timothy Hayes, a Google executive, with heroin. The overdose of the drug reportedly killed Hayes in 2014.

With the drug culture flourishing in the tech community, drug abuse-related incidents are rising significantly, making it imperative for technologists to seek help and treatment at various rehab facilities.

Looking at drugs differently

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Association revealed LSD as a highly abused drug, along with heroin. “Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence,” it says.

Despite the absence of proofs regarding a direct and positive relationship between LSD and enhancement of creativity, the tech community takes the psychedelic drug in the hope of a sudden realization to a long-standing software issue or puzzle. For some technology developers, taking psychedelics is just a way of life – a tool that enables them to approach problems more uniquely and differently.

Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, a researcher at Imperial College London, conducted an experiment on 20 participants who had ingested LSD and monitored their brain activity in an MRI machine. The MRI showed that the drug broke down certain brain networks, allowing new patterns of communication to form. “Psychedelics dismantle ‘well-worn’ networks, and this allows novel communication patterns to occur … modules that don’t usually talk to each other are talking to each other more,” concluded Harris.

Path to recovery

The potential long-term effects of drugs could be very serious as users are in the danger of getting addicted to it. Matt Johnson, a psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, told Breitbart.com, “You’re tinkering with the system that is involved with depressive systems, but in unexplored ways.”

An addict requires detox, rehabilitative therapy and other supportive resources for long-lasting results to take effect. If you or a loved one has been unsuccessfully coping with drug addiction, contact the San Francisco Drug Treatment Rehab Center online or over the phone at 415-366-6922 to find services that fit your needs.

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