Ten years ago the landscape of restaurant substance abuse was a much sharper edge than it is today. I noticed at an afterwork gathering a month ago (the first i had attended in quite some time ) that there was a much more jolly tone to the evening. It turned out that instead of EVERYONE being on cocaine it was just two people and the rest were floating around on LSD. The psychedelic drug once used covertly at early attempts of mind control by the us and canadian governments. The party was pleasent, something i couldnt say about many other after work hangs i had experienced in the past.
I started my path towards “sobriety” about five years ago when I was arrested for several counts of trafficking and posession with intent to distribute. At the time I was mostly selling to my fellow classmates and kitchen colleagues. I was mostly selling MDMA and Cocaine as this is what people were looking for and what I found to be profitable. I wrote sobriety in brackets because to this day I still have yet to live a life free of all substances. I have settled on the term “california Sober”; meaning i will take psychedelics and maybe the occasional glass of wine or beer but no stimulants(cocaine,speed) and no downers( percocet,xanax). I have been able to rebuild a relationship with my close family and have kept pretty stable employment since i started my recovery. While trying to rehabilitate i worked through different styles of programs from Narcotics Anonymous to Harm Reduction workshops and found that there were very few people trying to recover from psychedelic drug abuse. Since then the idea of Micro dosing has come into popularity with publications such as GQ and Times magazine publishing articles on its benefits.
The Aztec among many other South-American peoples used the sacred psilocybin mushrooms to enhance their accuracy and intuitiveness during sport, battle and ceremony. Many shamanistic practices involve the ingestion of combinations of roots and herbs thought to allow the users to transcend into other planes of existence to facilitate deeper healing. I was eavesdropping on a table eating out at my restaurant and the one person talking a local chef was expounding on how helpful micro-dosing mushrooms has been for his daily moods and energy levels. So is this the new old friend that the restaurant industry so desperately needs? I for one am happy to see a shift from the stimulant to the psychedelic taking shape.