People know what they do; they frequently know why they do, what they do; but what they don't know is why what they do does. This is the realm of an anthropologist's understanding.
Muraco Kyashna-tocha is a practicing cultural anthropologist with who primarily specializes in medical cannabis, and various cybertechnology issues including virtual communities. Her research focus for the last twenty plus years has been on various aspects of the cultural milieu of "forbidden knowledge" including its production and dissemination. She particularly enjoys working on the subjects of (medical) cannabis and psychoactive plants.
Hypocrisy is what really drives me crazy. We’re the “just say no” culture that is saying yes louder and stronger than any other society. Or we are helping other nations to “develop” by extracting more resources from it than we’re giving. We’re a society creating peace by making war. We preach democracy and crush the liberation movements of other societies with impunity. What we are is the ultimate culture of deceit. Why does this do? If our society went to see a shrink – some medication would be in order. I think the needed medication - ceremonial chemistry - might just be entheogens ("generating the divine within")- substances used for enhancing therapeutic or spiritual needs. Since psychedelics allow the veil of denial to be pulled back – if only for a short bit – perhaps we could come to see ourselves and make some lasting changes. Cannabis potentially seems to perfect medication for our uptight world. No wonder these materials are so feared by current regimes. With some surprise I find myself living long enough to see the ending of the War on Drugs.
Previous to working on cannabis issues Muraco was involved in a number of development projects while living in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Israel, Sudan, Fiji and the People's Republic of China.
- Anthropologist Anthropology Association
- Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness
- International Cannabinoid Research Society
I worked on the medical cannabis dosing papers which provided basis for Washington State's 24 oz allowance. I have also written in popular cannabis magazines.
Since 2008 I have been running the Green Buddha Patient Co-op, the oldest medical cannabis collective in Washington State, in fact the oldest continuous cannabis businss in the state.