The idea of offering Black patients a controlled substance and telling them it can be a healing tool might create confusing or traumatic responses. For generations, Black and Brown bodies have been targeted through drug policies aimed at criminalizing substance use issues or better known as ‘the war on drugs,’
There is an astonishing renaissance currently underway in the field of psychiatry and the
treatment of mental health disorders. The Renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries delivered
Europe from the Dark Ages, producing a cascade of masterful art and literature as well as
entirely new concepts in philosophy, ideas which are still reverberating in our modern culture.