Mark Twain remains rumored to have said he was ‘just moving’ when a woman ‘caught’ him carrying a box of cigars and reminded him of his promise to quit smoking. Cancer has been recently linked to a genetic factor (feel welcome to see the Eureka alert); the theme here is whether you might need the so-called ‘substances’ to write.
It is sure important to have substance in your story. Twain, ‘the greatest liar’ himself, wrote stories full of life and in good literary style. Obviously, the substance here does not denote nicotine, which is an unsuccessful competitor to acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter. An unsuccessful competitor does not change the organism’s preference for the natural neural messenger. Simply speaking, your nervous system is going to choose its own acetylcholine if you give it a chance – the reason why people quitting smoking happen to hate even a scent of it.
As for alcohol, four percent beverage such as beer will not make your nervous system dependent. Things go different round twenty percent drinks. Humans are ‘part electric’ and twenty percent or higher alcohol alters neural action potentials with regard to chemoaffinity. Alcohol takes your minerals and these are necessary for your molecular markers to work – this is why if you start with it, it may be your problem to quit (it’s best never to try, especially when pregnant). Careful diluting alcohol – chemically, precipitates are not solutions that is, single-phase liquids. Trying to dilute spirits, for example, forms a precipitate, not a solute. This means that the high percent particles remain high percent particles even after considerable time lapse, they are only rarefied. Obviously, drink driving is a crime whatever the alcohol, and for that you don’t think even about a beer. There is always some influence to your action potentials and this, even if low, can change your reflexes. Sure it is not a crime to relax after work.
Things can go much more serious as for serotonin. Narcotics like LSD and its derivatives may successfully compete with your natural chemoaffinity. Human DNA repairs, but your time could be up to five years before your receptors are back to norm. LSD before or during pregnancy may give your offspring an impediment – again, it’s best not to try.
Back to language and writing, LSD has another nasty effect. It gives schizophrenia-like symptoms. This means that your speech can go phonologically – instead of semantically – driven. In simple words, you produce verbiage. Nothing good for a writer. Writers – only some however, not all of them, or the best of them – happen to be reported to have taken drugs. The fact is that even if they did, that could have been hardly in order to write. Whatever you might think about doing in order to sit down and write, it could not be giving your brain problems with processing meaning.
Wouldn’t there be some pharmaceutical means to help writing? Legal medication shouldn’t be as bad as illegal substances – you might ask. Well, making yourself happier and more intelligent with medication… Let us think about the famous lithium. Lithium is natural and it makes you happy – the slogans have been. Why does it have effects on humans? It is a mineral of low occurrence. This means that it does not belong with the natural human chemistry. Your nervous system notices it easy. The problem is that lithium can act as a potassium antagonist.
What is it that potassium does? It is the basic mineral for the tissues, the nervous system included. Lithium already has been reported to have adverse effects. The paradox here would be that if you want to become more relaxed, a cup of tomato soup can do excellent (especially if you ‘take’ it regular ;)). Tomatoes include potassium. Obviously, they don’t have the placebo effect of some ‘magic’ remedy. Placebo does not work with everyone, fortunately.
Substance use among writers may have been lower than among other artists or professionals. More, it may have been lower than the average in the population. Writers are reported more than others. On the other hand, so many of them have been described as looking such ‘ordinary’ people that ‘you’d never think they are writers’. Most of them do not take substances or drink alcohol. Why?
Language and altered neural conditions do not go together well. Altered neural conditions interfere and distort the natural specificity that language skills need. Language has its rewards, on the other hand. It is the single most potent unifying factor in the brain’s working. The pleasurable rhythm the brain can go into with a good piece text may be definitely more attractive than any altered states of consciousness. More, language can be inspiration itself. Please feel welcome to see my ‘Memoir Uncouth‘ - my story, therefore not too exhibitionist and uncouth metaphorically.
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