Visiting another world

BREAKING BAD was one of the best series ever to appear on television.

This is my favorite scene.

It’s Jesse Pinkman taking his first dose of heroin. I became familiar with drugs during the period 1995 to 2000, the time between the failure of my second marriage and my move to Mexico.

I’ve never taken heroin and never will. I’ve never used a needle and never will. I doubt I will ever use an illegal drug again. The drugs I took during that period are not addictive: psilocybin, LSD, ayahuasca, San Pedro cactus and ecstasy.

I recommend them all to you with some reservations, and I recommend that you never do them alone (exception: ecstasy). Have a sidekick with you who’s got his feet on the ground because things can get weird.

Best at night. Best with music.

What stuck me about the above scene is that it’s extremely realistic. Ecstasy won’t do this to you, but the others can and far more. And whoever directed the scene, or perhaps the actor added it, has first-hand experience. Notice Jesse clutching his heart, something  I have done.

10 thoughts on “Visiting another world

  1. Felipe; Psychedelics can be a life-changing experience. Much different than amphetamines. I never had any interest in needles, and only had knowledge of a couple of people who did. The abundancy of meth and opiates, and needle use goes into the smallest towns now, and the addicts resort to everything from petty crime to home invasion to pay for it.

    Weed will be legal in Canada soon, but that won’t do anything about hard drugs. Legalizing hard drugs just takes away the penalties, it doesn’t pay for them or provide for the addicts, who can’t hold a job. Methadone might be an answer, but most employers who drug test won’t hire anyone using it.

    I don’t know what the answer is, and our governments don’t either. They just put them in jail.

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    1. Kris: I favor treating drugs — especially the nonaddictive ones — just as we treat booze. Legal for adults only. Most people who use the nonaddictive ones do not abuse it, just as most people who drink do not abuse booze. And as with booze, if you harm others or commit a crime while under the influence, you should be prosecuted for the crime of harming others, etc., not for using drugs … or booze.

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  2. I really dug that series as well amigo. Watched every year. Binge watched. Amazing how they tied so many seemingly trivial or inexplicable early scenes into a nice bow in the end. Great, gritty stuff!

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  3. Hi Felipe. I’m back after a few quiet weeks at the cabin away from all electronic distractions. I had my year of LSD and mescaline experiences over 30 years ago. It was life changing in a good way. I just finished Huxley’s “The doors of perception” last week. It’s a great book dealing with his mescaline experiences and the human desire to escape our humdrum, unfulfilling daily lives. Also, if you ever get a chance to see the movie, “The Trip” with Peter Fonda do so. It’s quite realistic as far as depicting what your average acid trip is like. Cheers.

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    1. Brent: Welcome back from the woods. Civilization isn’t the same without you.

      I read Huxley’s book in the late ’90s, but I’ve never seen that movie. My experiences with those materials were not to escape anything, but to understand, and it worked for me. Quite wonderful.

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  4. I don’t know about any of the drugs that you mention because I have never tried any of them. But, I do know that Breaking Bad is very addictive.

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  5. Funny you should write about this topic now. The New York Times (a former newspaper) wrote an interesting article on the progress being made in getting psychedelic therapy legalized. You can find it here.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where another sultry summer season threatens.

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    1. Kim: Thanks. Most of what I’ve read in recent years is about efforts to get Ecstasy allowed again. It was used quite successfully by therapists before the pinche, puritanical government discovered it could also be enjoyable, so they made it illegal. Another reason to be a libertarian.

      NYT a “former newspaper” indeed. I am continuously amazed at the greening of Kim G.

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