Monday, August 14, 2017

I did not inhale

Old unposted post, but it is not so bad. I am determined to reduce my number of draft posts.

Well, I did inhale, of what my father used to call Mary Jane, a pseudonym for marijuana.  We even grew some in the very middle class area of Glen Iris. We produced a good crop, very good heads and it was far more than we needed for personal use so we sold it to a friend. That makes me a dealer! I quickly fell foul of Mary Jane. Do you know how long it seemed to take to mow the lawns under the influence of Mary Jane. It felt like hours. I was not liking Mary Jane. Nevertheless, we had some good times with Mary Jane.

I may have popped a pill or two in my youth, at warehouse parties. The drug of choice then was ecstasy, the love drug, and you did really feel love for people.

The thing about drugs is that they give you very good feelings. That is why people take them. Politicians and everybody needs to understand  that drugs can make you feel good and keep that in mind when legislating. They won't stop it.

As a callow youth (almost) I just trusted friends that what they gave to me would not kill me. Quite an enormous trust really. GBH (horse tranquiliser?) was around then, but I did not indulge. I have a vague recollection that speed was very helpful for house cleaning the next morning, manic house cleaning.

At a dance party in Melbourne a day or so ago, many ended up needing medical care after some bad drugs were sold. Perhaps the drug was too strong, who knows?

Some dance parties somewhere in the world set up drug stations where the drugs you are about to take can be tested. Isn't that a good idea? The Victorian government says no. It would rather see dance party kiddies hospitalised because of bad drugs or overdosing.

I am now a increasingly conservative grumpy old man, but I have my memories. I trusted friends that I would not get bad drugs. Clearly some people did too at the recent dance party, to their disadvantage. Let them test their drugs before they take them.

Of course you could do as the late First Lady of the US Nancy Reagan proclaimed, just say no. That has worked really well, hey.

32 comments:

  1. Andrew drugs are very dangerous and poisonous for teenagers,,..

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    1. Gosia, they can be, but teenagers take them regardless. They need to be able to know what they are taking and to do so safely.

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  2. I too inhaled back in the day. Now you could use me as a sniffer dog. The faintest whiff of marijuana and I feel nauseated.
    Other drugs I avoided, though they were readily available.
    I really like the drug stations idea and wish it was in place and widespread.
    I can't think of any 'just say no' initiative which doesn't have some epic failures. And where drugs are concerned fatal failures.

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    1. EC, I haven't smelt it for years, but the smell is firmly buried in my memories and I would know it straight away. You are correct. Just say no does not work and nor does banning things.

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  3. I, too, did inhale back in the day; and always knew where the herb came from...our own garden. No sneaky other ingredients added.

    No pill popping; or other things, though.

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    1. Lee, you are so good and organically grown no doubt.

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  4. Anonymous11:10 am

    Let's twist that last statement the other way. Many (fools) believe homosexuality is a choice. Just say no and all will be well. - Ian

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    1. Ian, although in the case of homosexuality, it is a physical drive.

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  5. Back in the 1980s, the trademark of shoe company Nike was spot on: Just Don't It! :)

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    1. Indeed Hels, and amusing.

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  6. I inhaled too. What's more, I don't know anyone who didn't. But Mary Jane was as far as I went - probably because nothing else was available in my day and in my circles.

    I totally agree with you about making drug testing available. The pollies who want kiddies to "just say no" have their heads up their arses, as usual.

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    1. Rozzie, it seems we were all stoners but you grow out of it and it can be boring. Kids need to a chance to stay alive and grow out of taking whatever they take.

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  7. I must be the odd one out here - too many other things to do, no availability, no desire, man and children to raise. Now later, those same children may have - but what I don't know about........
    Somehow or another it seems to be a different kettle of fish these days. What are kids looking for - missing out on?

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    1. Cathy, the drugs that they talk of now can have very nasty effects but I guess not for everyone or no one would take it. I would not be surprised if there is an emptiness in many teeenagers' lives. Its very hard to understand.

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    2. I suspect the emptiness comes from not having anything to look forward to because they've had it all/done it all already, OR, because their lives are so poverty stricken they don't realise there is, or don't have anything to look forward to. It's a tragic thing which will take several generations to fix, if it can be fixed.

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    3. Jaded, River. I saw it in a young gay friend who now lives in Sydney. By the time he was 25, he had done everything I had done at my age of then 45, and more. I am jaded at my age now but that is fine for someone my age, and I do still find pleasure in some things, not usually people focused. Poverty is a big problem, and I am sure you have heard, poverty breeds poverty. It takes strength when you are very poor to bring up your children to not be poor themselves. I would not know where to start.

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  8. I was living in London between 65 and 70, and even shared a flat for a while with Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd fame. It was a big era for dope, and most people of my age participated. The favourites then were acid, hashish, and opium (less common). I was never a regular user, but did enjoy some quite special moments.

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    1. What an interesting life you have led, Cro. I suppose you even frequented Carnaby Street. So you will agree that we ought not condemn young people experimenting, but we do need to keep them safe.

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  9. People been alternating there minds for eons. I did my share and now I would be scared now to do a lot of them..I would be affraid of a stoak or heart attack. Once in great moon I will smoke a little pot..not a big fan...My drug of choice would be cocanie and haven't seen it for years...We have an opid trouble here now...Well Nancy Regan war on drugs was a failure. The state of Oregon is consider decrimilizer all drugs. Our system of locking up druggies haven't accomplish anything.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, frankly, aside from Mary Jane, I too would be afraid to try anything now. Yes, a big opid problem here too. A study has just concluded that opioids are no more effective than say paracetamol but much more addictive. Yes, locking people up for drug offences does not solve anything. Locking up the Mr Bigs does, but they are seldom caught.

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  10. Just say NO is a good choice, but somehow I think youngsters feel they are missing out if they don't try out these drugs, or maybe they feel they won't have friends it they don't join them in drug taking...
    I never felt the need to take drugs, never smoked, but I might have had a sheltered upbringing.
    I agree with the drug testing vans, they have them in Holland and some of the North European countries and it works to save lives and have even been known to dissuade kids from taking those drugs they were testing.

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    1. Sami, the horse has clearly bolted and they are not saying no, not at all. I know there is drug testing done in some countries, so it comes as no surprise that it happens in progressive European countries where drug use is dealt with quite differently.

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  11. "the Victorian Government says no", but I suspect that is because they would much rather see dance party kiddies DRUG FREE.
    The biggest problem with feeling good on drugs, is people expect to feel good all the time, and when they don't they go back for more and more and more. They forget that life ISN'T one continuous high. There are lows and banalities to be got through. Tragedies too, hopefully drug free and getting through with the help of families and friends.

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    1. So true, River. Life can't always be exciting and an emotional high. At times you have to do the hard yards. Those who can't separate the two get into big trouble. In a perfect world, no one would use mood altering substances, but we do, and as I am sure you know, the worst is alcohol.

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  12. Just say no and abstinence stances worked well on me when young, not so much when I got older though, as by then I was out from under the thumb of the religious cult I grew up under. If I hadn't said no, oh the consequences! Grave. So I thought.

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    1. Strayer, it is never the same for two people. Some can take and or leave drugs and others become addicted. Cult religions are in a way a drug.

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  13. I've never understood the big deal about marijuana. As you just indicated in your response to the last comment, it's not nearly as potent as alcohol.

    Of course, I've never thrown up on weed, so that's a plus.

    @anonymous

    You can say no to homosexuality, but it won't listen.

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    1. Kirk, while marijuana can cause problems, it is nothing compared to world wide misery caused by alcohol. Yes, I am sure you would not listen.

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  14. You forgot the un-fun drugs like Rohypnal, the date rape nasty.
    Now it's bad for mary jane as it's being laced with crystal meth by money hungry dealers. Try being an old crock with creaking bones like Annie O'Dyne, Antikva and myself, we need strong painkillers but without a sympathetic doctor forget it.
    And we aren't those grannies selling their scripts to supplement our pensions, idiot Government.

    And can we take back ownership of Pavlova in exchange for Barnaby Joyce?

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    1. Jah Teh, I remember people talking about rowies as recreational drugs. Lacing drugs is bad. Just another reason for drug testing stations. Did you see something very recently that the oxy whatever drugs are no more effective than strong Panadol? Your suggestion for a swap with NZ had much merit.

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  15. Sometimes I feel a bit deprived, not depraved 😀 I never really felt the need.

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    1. Grace, I think it is perhaps who you hung around with, or who was around you.

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