What's an Intoxicant? - Duke's Materia Tonica

Using Intoxicants is an Unhealthy Substitute for Nutrition 

Intoxicants are alcoholic beverages, tobacco, various drugs, and non-ingestible items which are not foods and not dietary supplements; including the act of smoking and vaping, which are regulated because they lack health benefits and have adverse effects from consumption. Intoxicants are inappropriately used as substitutes to satisfy cravings of various types in the body, emotions, and mind, such as hunger for nutrition and nutrient dense foods or emotional connection, which may lead to a recursive craving for more intoxicants.

Consumption of alcoholic beverages and tobacco impair physical, emotional, and mental functions, as is also common with many medical drugs, their recreational use, and recreational drugs themselves, including psilocybin and cannabis, and all cannabinoid derivatives such as THC and CBD (hemp seed is not to be confused with cannabis flowers and leaves and derivatives). For example, CBD interferes with the body's natural processes in fat metabolism, acting as a substitute recreational drug.

Intoxicants Impair the Functioning of the Body, Emotions, and Mind 

Greater health and gaining wellness are not achieved from intoxicant use and recreational drug use. Intoxicants and drugs give someone a "high" which is recreational use slang for the wrong view and false feeling of well-being. Intoxicant use and recreational use of drugs are common with quackery promoted and prescribed by the medical industry and government agencies, such as with improperly used medical drugs, cannabis and psilocybin.


Intoxicants Are Not Food, Herbs and Dietary Supplements

Intoxicants are not to be confused with food, herbs, and dietary supplements since intoxicants lack nutrients and do not have unique constituents that support health, healing, growth, or development; intoxicants therefore have no place in herbalism and no place in herbal medicine.