"What seems to infuriate people who have never done psychedelics most of all is that people who have done psychedelics often find people who have never tripped to be extremely funny. Stoners and trippers commonly laugh at the unquestioned rituals of conventional, materialistic, consumer society, and they tend to mock straight society’s serious, consumer-driven attitudes toward money, greed, and power.
I suspect that this humorous attitude toward conventional customs is, again, a genetically-wired response from activating our higher brain circuits, although it sure can upset some people. But this may be because the controversy and attention is actually necessary to spread the word about cannabis and psychedelics around the globe.
It may be that cannabis and psychedelics are illegal because genetic intelligence recognizes that this is simply the best way to inform people about them. Nonetheless, as Timothy Leary once said, “LSD can cause psychotic reactions in people who haven’t taken it.” --from my new book, Over the Edge of the Mind: Exploring the Interface of Psychedelics, Culture and Consciousness (Inner Traditions, 2012)