Conclusions

The value of nonmedical use of psychotropic drugs can be summed up thus.

• For relaxation, recreation, protection from and relief of stress and anxiety; relief of depression: moderate use of some 'soft' drugs may be accepted as part of our society.

• For spiritually valuable experience: justification is extremely doubtful.

• As basis for a 'culture' in the sense that drug experience (a) can be, and (b) should be central to an individually or socially constructive way of life: a claim without validity.

• For acute excitement: extremely dangerous.

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