When I was a teenager one of my friends had a subscription to High Times Magazine and back then, as a bonus, he received “The Encyclopedia of Recreational Drugs” which we used to marvel at and brashly proclaim
“Oh such little time, and so many substance to try”
– keep in mind that we were young and reckless, LSD and cocaine was prevalent, as were magic mushrooms, speed and MDA were occasionally around and of course lot’s of weed, hash and hash-oil. Personally I was not attracted to any synthetic drug. I always felt that my group were spoiled in the selection of recreational drugs available to us but mostly all we did was smoke weed and drink beer. I managed to experiment with Peyote, which intrigued me because I’d been reading Carlos Castaneda back in the 80′s and then happened to meet a Dude in a pipeline construction camp, while I was working inside the Arctic Circle, who had a stash of Peyote buttons, real true mescaline, what an experience that was, I’ll never forget it. Then not long after that I left Canada for Australia and traveled through South East Asia where I experimented a little with opium, and smoked more great weed. Once I arrived in Australia I discovered that there was heroine but aside from smoking a few puffs through a bic pen (tube), which was interesting, I never had the desire to inject it but I was well aware of it’s effect
Over the years I’ve witnessed a major shift in the mindset of young people when it comes to recreational drugs. I pride myself on remaining up-to-date with the trends in our society. Hanging out with hip people all over the world, and having lived on both coasts of the USA, I’ve been back-stage, in the back-rooms and in the limos with the movers and shakers of popular culture. I am qualified to know a thing or two about the modern-day use of recreational drugs. The pusher today is big-pharm, the drug of choice comes in a pill, and kids know how to use a combination of these potent pharmaceuticals like a simple recipe but the gateway drug, now more than ever is alcohol. As much as things change, some things remain the same, such as an otherwise honor roll student, losing their sensibility and suffering a momentary lapse of judgement and making a stupid mistake, by putting a harmless-looking little pill in their mouth, or getting in the car with the cool kids outside the party, it always happens much, much easier, after a few drinks.
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