Why does there appear to be a high rate of substance use among people interested in Philosophy? If there was just “You” there, nutritionally ok enough, nothing extra added on, what would change?

Why does there appear to be a high rate of substance use among people interested in Philosophy?

If there was just “You” there, nutritionally ok enough, nothing extra added on, what would change?

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I’ve done and enjoyed trying a bunch of stuff in the past. I enjoyed the special fx but when I learned that it _really_ doesn’t introduce anything novel: that it’s more-or-less adjusting existing levels of the internal systems (more of this, less of that to create the fx), my interest waned because they’re basically mood changers, and I can change my mood just by thinking.

Yet at the same time, I still do coffee and cigarettes. I could probably substitute exercise or something (occasionally cutting off oxygen to my brain to simulate the effects of smoking I suppose… but I’m not much for any kind voluntary asphyxiation) – but it’s not likely I will.

Still, these things _do_ have effects. I guess it’s sort of a “Who Am I without my ______?” type question.

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Well ,there’s positive (temporary) effects of nicotine, which is what keeps me using it, but at the cost of all the stuff I’m well aware of it. I suspect there’s some kind of med that could replace its function: it is definitely a cognitive enhancer, although so is a decent set of B vitamins.

Alcohol I don’t use too often but I do on occasion (once a month or two) as a “cleanser”. I see it as rubbing alcohol for the innards: The same way rubbing alcohol can take a sticker off of a car window, alcohol in the brain washes away some sticky residue in the brain. [literally washing it away), so I think it’s good for people sometimes.

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I suspect you’re right. I used to be my own pharmacist, playing with whatever was at hand, testing on myself. I know enough about nutrition to come up with a diet that works well for me: applying it is another task.

I stopped playing with stuff after a year using pseudoephedrine in the early 00’s. Loved its effects – along with caffeine, some of the B vitamins along with exercise and stuff…. but I found I got saturated with it and my body was revolting after a while. I had to move away from it.

I believe people ‘tend’ to be geared either towards needing more depressant-type products like alcohol or pot or opiates, and others ‘tend’ to be more geared towards needing speedy type stuff, like nicotine, caffeine, LSD.

I don’t know if that’s true or not, but it seems to be how I categorize it simply.

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[I say “my body was revolting” but not looks-wise: I was at 3% body fat… and cold all of the time… I tried pushing myself to get down to the weight in those old 1950s weight/height charts but it’s impossible for me, unless I was to start losing a lot of muscle]

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Well the only thing is: what the substances are doing is adjusting levels of neurotransmitters in the nervous system, including the brain, which is what produces the effects.

Many roads to the same results.

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