Neurons to Nirvana
Among the catastrophic costs of our absurd “War on Drugs,” the virtual halt to scientific study of the medical benefits of psychotropics is one of the saddest. The stylishly constructed documentary “Neurons to Nirvana” combines archival propaganda footage of the “Reefer Madness” variety with enlightening interviews from some of the leading academics in the field, including doctors from Johns Hopkins and Stanford. One has the impression that cannabis, MDMA, mescaline, ayahuasca, and LSD might just be a class of “wonder drugs,” capable of healing PTSD, depression, and alcoholism. If we can get over our collective brainwashing and paranoia whenever drugs are the subject — particularly those that the government has decreed illegal — maybe science will be able to prove what nature has known all along.