If you think this sounds weird, it’s because it is. Previously encouraging civil disobedience, XR co-founder Gail Bradbrook has reportedly now called for psychedelic disobedience – basically loads of people doing mind-bending drugs in protest against the UK’s draconian laws.
Speaking at a conference on psychedelics in London last week (August 16), Bradbrook said: “I would support a mass civil disobedience where we take medicine to tell the state they have absolutely no right to control our consciousness and to define our spiritual practice.”
The activist explained that psychedelics played a part in her founding of the movement, though confirmed it wasn’t XR’s policy to promote drug use. “The causes of the crisis are political, economic, legal, and cultural systemic issues,” Bradbrook continued, “but underneath that are issues of human trauma, powerlessness, scarcity, and separation. The system resides within us and the psychedelic medicines are opportunities to help us shift our consciousness.”
“I don’t think we... have time to wait for... science to tell us these... are useful... indigenous cultures have already shown us”, @gailbradbrook. We don't promote the use coffee, ayahuasca or any other drug. https://t.co/jtbUBtcJOx
Although Bradbrook asserts we shouldn’t rely solely on scientific studies to believe the positive effects of psychedelics, and should instead follow in the footsteps of cultures already utilising them. “Whilst I’m all for psychedelic science,” she told the conference, “I don’t think we necessarily have time to wait for the science to tell us these medicines are useful. The indigenous cultures have already shown us the ways.”
Advocating for positive drug law changes is vital, but imagine being off your nut and trying to reason with the government? No thanks TBH.