Herbal High – is getting a natural high from herbs a good thing?

Herbal High – is getting a natural high from herbs a good thing?

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 20:49

On Jan 21, 2013 Wayne wrote:

Hi Mark,

Your book, “Ancient Wisdom…” makes a hell of a lot of sense to me.

Over the last couple of years, my lifelong fascination with the human brain and what I like to call our “spiritual wiring” has intensified, along with my curiosity about things like DMT, and how our mind and body is obviously “wired” for such transcendant experiences.

But, I digress..

My question is about legal high “spice blends” or, essentially, JWH-018. This stuff is apparently herbal, yet available in a tobacconist. Pretty much all I can find is people freaking out about how dangerous this stuff is rather than any actual factual information.

Wikipedia sits well and truly on the fence on the matter, and in my view I cant trust information from a government that allows me to buy sticks of chemical-laced tobacco while taxing the product heavily. AND treating me to heinous images of disease and death as a result of the product they are allowing me to buy! Whilst taxing it heavily!

Again I digress..

I am by no means an altar boy, nor do I have a 100% natural only policy for my body, ie I am human and I have a few vices. What I do know is that our “nanny state”? government (pleeease) does NOT always have our best interests at heart. Do you remember being asked if you want flouride in your water? In short I’m clued up enough to know that LEGAL does NOT mean safe…

Any information would be greatly appreciated.


ps Im sure I come across as a whack job, but I am sane. Somewhat!

MARK’S Reply:

Hi Wayne

Great to hear from you and the fact that you are a bit of a wacko to me means you are on the right track. I’m also considered a bit of a weirdo and take it as a compliment – my theory is if you’re like most people out there you’ve completely lost your marbles!

As for your question, to be honest, I’ve never really looked into it, so don’t really know about the authenticity or effects of such products. My general thought is that, even if they are relatively natural, they are still an ‘external’ source and thus wouldn’t be anything I would be putting much of my time into. The whole basis of the vedic understanding is that a mental or spiritual high comes from within, it is our natural state or functioning when we cultivate the mind and nervous system properly. Anything from an external source might provide a temporary experience of pleasure or whatever, but is not really cultivating the nervous system to maintain that state functioning on a permanent basis, unlike things like meditation. That’s where I’d be focusing my energies, but each to their own. Not sure if that is of any use, but good luck with it all and keep on being a bit weird.

Yours in good health

Mark B

Mark Bunn

Mark Bunn – is a leading natural health researcher specialising in Ayurvedic medicine, author of the three-time best-selling ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health‘ and one of Australasia's most popular health and performance speakers.  Mark is also CEO of David Lynch Foundation Australia.