I wasn't sure where to put this, because it doesn't really have to do with any kind of development. It's a moral issue, I guess. Ok, here goes. I have a character, let's call her A. She grows magic mushrooms and is very interested in all of that. According to her, it is perfectly safe as long as you're responsible and don't judge because alcohol is way worse. Ok. Her opinion. Now, I watched a documentary where they talked about psychedelic substances and it's history. The claim was made that the bread they ate at the last supper was in fact a bread contaminated with a kind of mushroom (ergot) that grows on rye, so the bread was psychedelic. This would interest A quite a lot, because she is also a (non-practicing) Catholic. I googled this, of course, wanting to find out if it was as harmless as the documentary claimed, because I really do try to have an un-biased view on the subject. Apparently there's something called ergotism, which is not at all a pleasant thing to experience. So you don't just get funny visions, you get terribly sick as well. The moral issue is this: As a writer, I am free to manipulate details the way I see fit, am I not? Artistic license. I really like the idea of A trying to make psychedelic bread (perhaps she thinks that everything will fall into place at last, that it explains why all those Sundays at the mass never did anything). But I don't want her to make a bread that causes ergotism, because it's not in line with my tone I suppose. (Although, maybe at some point I will change my mind, but assume that I don't want to do that right now.) But if I write it as if it's not as bad as it really is, is that irresponsible of me? Does it make me come off as biased and pro-psychedelics, even? Of course I could say she used another kind of mushroom, but I really like that this ergot-bread has a basis in reality. Or I could say that you have to eat so-and-so much to get ergotism. Or that it's safe if you treat it a certain way. Thoughts?