smart drug use acceptable?
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(12-03-2020, 07:07 AM)VoxClamantis Wrote: Pandora, your'e thinking of Kant, and his "categorical imperative" idea isn't Catholic. A critique of it here: https://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03432a.htm

OP, IMO, the word "drugs" has too many connotations for people to think clearly about what you're asking. What substances are you referring to? My hunch is that, if they're legal and freely available over the counter, they're not very psychotropic and wouldn't affect your reason. Well, unless you're talking about recently legalized pot -- which wouldn't help anyone study --  or you live in Oregon. Or you have some unusual sensitivity (I knew someone who'd freak out after consuming caffeine). 

Anyway, you should take the matter up with your priest.

To others here: would you have a problem with someone drinking St. John's Wort tea or chamomile tea to mellow out at the end of the day? A cup of espresso to better wake up in the morning? Are herbs "drugs"? Is aspirin? Nicotine? Coffee? Alcohol? Is it immoral to have a few shots of espresso before taking a test so you'll possibly improve your performance? What about coffee to stay awake on a long drive? A glass of red wine before bed to help you sleep? Tarragon tea to help with sleep or a toothache? What about tarragon pills (if such a thing exists) or capsules? Limoncello to aid digestion after dinner? Where are your lines? And why are they there? Whatever you do approve of, would you change your mind if they were called "drugs"? And are you so sure of your opinion on this that you're willing to pronounce on it as if you're a moral theologian or a priest who has care for the original poster's soul?

Thanks, I had a brain freeze and Kant must have been under the glacier.  I specifically chose that argument since the OP wanted further reasoning, and I disclosed it was a secular source from the get go.  I think we’d be hard pressed to find a single soul to say Emmanuel Kant was a defender of the Faith.

Magister Musicae had what I would consider an apropos post to a thread on alcohol consumption, emphasis mine:
It is very interesting (and thus when it's brought up in context of cannabis use, always funny to note that) moderate alcohol consumption by healthy people has health benefits. 

Abuse of alcohol tends to cause harm in the exact same domain that moderate consumption causes benefit. For instance, heart disease risk is reduced with moderate drinking, but increase with binge drinking.

As for other "drugs" like marijuana, they cause no benefit to healthy people. They do seem to cause some benefit to some sick people, and thus treat a disease or its symptoms, which is the classic definition of a "drug" or "medicine". These "drugs" cause harm without benefit in healthy people.

No one has some friends over for a dinner or celebration and breaks out shots of Robitussin.

I believe that’s solid reasoning and a good answer.
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smart drug use acceptable? - by confusedwalrus23 - 12-02-2020, 11:27 AM
RE: smart drug use acceptable? - by Chadster - 12-02-2020, 11:58 AM
RE: smart drug use acceptable? - by Pandora - 12-02-2020, 12:02 PM
RE: smart drug use acceptable? - by FultonFan - 12-02-2020, 12:23 PM
RE: smart drug use acceptable? - by Pandora - 12-02-2020, 01:06 PM
RE: smart drug use acceptable? - by Pandora - 12-02-2020, 02:00 PM
RE: smart drug use acceptable? - by CaptCrunch73 - 12-02-2020, 02:54 PM
RE: smart drug use acceptable? - by VoxClamantis - 12-03-2020, 07:07 AM
RE: smart drug use acceptable? - by Pandora - 12-03-2020, 11:18 AM
RE: smart drug use acceptable? - by jack89 - 12-03-2020, 08:01 AM
RE: smart drug use acceptable? - by VoxClamantis - 12-03-2020, 03:54 PM



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