"Of course I'm crazy, but that doesn't mean I'm wrong."
Robert Anton Wilson
That Hicks routine always makes me smile.Years ago, I tried (on a few occasions) what I was told was LSD (as RAW used to say). The first time, I had a pretty enlightening trip. I experienced the 'heaven' and 'hell' aspects. I didn't experience may of the inner landscapes - but that's because I found it tough to keep my eyes closed for longer than (what seemed to me at the time) a second.I honestly haven't dropped any in about 15 years. I know what you mean about a lot of these street chemists - I wouldn't trust my neurons to their 'creations' either.I think Bogus may have had some of the 'good stuff' in the late 60s. I hope legitimate research continues also, through MAPS or any other like-minded organization.
I could never claim to know for sure, of course, and certainly stopped taking what I got offered in the last decade or so, but in 1967-1971 I think I had some of the good stuff: Strawberry Fields and Purple Haze in London, Orange Sunshine and windowpane in California, etc. Years later I had some blotters that seemed OK (Micky Mouse as magician, etc)...which I guess may have come from Czechoslovakia or something, because after Operation Julie in 1977 it must have become just about impossible to get all the ingredients into the UK. Or maybe the stuff I had in the late 80s were simply psycholytic doses, rather than psychedelic - even if they contained the right molecules. It didn't feel the same.It saddens me to think that some people have never taken the molecules they think they have (like coke cut with speed, or heroin with god-only-knows, or MDMA made with almost anything) especially when they then have problems, and the drugs get the blame, when actually (as we know from Prohibition of alcohol) illegal hooch can make you blind and crazy, whereas - although alcohol still causes lots of problems - at least when it's legal we get a % sign on the bottle, and some idea of the actual ingredients, and can choose our set and setting (a glass of red on a Mediterranean balcony springs to mind).And don't get me started on the crap soapbar hash that many people put up with now in the UK, when perfectly good hash still exists in A'dam, for instance. Of course, finite supplies and growing numbers of users leads to forgery and synthesis, etc - but a legal market would generally improve the situation. IMHO.
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