People take drugs for pleasure and fun – so why do we drown that out by obsessing over the harm?

We have been rather snooty about ignoring the wisdom of cultures that have found benefits to drugs that go beyond ritual
The Independent (UK)
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Are you one of the 10 million people who have used drugs like cannabis or cocaine? Make no mistake, drugs are fun. They must be, given the scale of drug use and the long history we humans have of using them. Despite the upside of using drugs, it’s not an aspect that’s given the attention it deserves, a bit like the way no one seems interested in good news stories. Instead, when drugs are featured in the media it’s usually to panic about the latest incarnation of some new pill or powder. Then there’s the fear of becoming addicted, but in truth this is rare and our understanding of how this happens and who is at risk is still being unravelled.