There are several things I find interesting about Dr. Andrew Weil. One is that he bears a more than passing resemblance to my ex. The second is that, like my ex, he seems to enjoy some amount of mind-altering substances. However, unlike my ex, he — being a Harvard-educated man of medicine — can do so under the guise of medical research. Such as this testimony in which Dr. Weil was called to testify on behalf of Rev. Immanuel Trujillo’s (Peyote Way Church of God) 1987 trial for possession of one peyote button.
Q. Have you personally run any controlled tests on humans involving the peyote the way you did with marijuana?
Q. And why is that?
A. Well, I have lots of other interesting things to do and it’s not one I got around to.
[I just bet you do.]
And this further testimony:
…one strong feeling I have about research in this area — and this is consistently violated today — an ethical concern is that people should not administer these drugs to other people without taking them first themselves to see what their effects are. That’s an ethical precept I recommend, but I don’t think it’s possible to do human research in this area. It hasn’t been done.
Q. So have you, yourself, taken peyote to see —
A. I have taken peyote.
Q. And was that in a religious context?
A. It was in a group context. I’m not a member of a peyote church or a religion that advocates the use of it.
Q. And how much peyote did you need to take?
A. Well, I don’t know how much I needed. I ate six buttons on one occasion.
[Yeah. go for it, dude! After all, it’s in the name of science and medicine and you can write it off on your taxes.]
Mean-weil…. judge for yourself…. and I’ll leave you to decide which one is which.