Friday, December 14, 2007
Does anybody else like Frank Zappa? When I was younger two of my favourite albums where Sheik Yerbouti and Joes Garage. My friend Joe actually had a garage he painted Joes Garage on the front, at the time it seemed funny. We used to smoke a lot of weed and listen to Frank although the man himself was against recreational drugs!
Frank Zappas kids have got the best names in the world; Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet Emuukha Rodan and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen. Mr Zappa died in 1993 read more about him here.
Anyway back to drug use! I was having a conversation with my son last night with relation to drugs. I guess when it comes to drugs we can relate our own experiences and also educate. I tried a number of drugs back in the late 80's; cannabis, cocaine, speed, poppers, LSD and ecstasy. I predominantly smoked cannabis, everyday for at least 2 years. I had some good times on drugs and also some bad times on drugs. Reasons I took drugs: Everyone else was, it was cheaper than beer, I wanted to kick against my upbringing, they were fun, I needed to escape.
Specifically with cannabis I liked the fact that I could put my head on my pillow at night and my mind would just be black and blank
Being a little mentally unstable became my undoing in the end. I stopped talking and became very paranoid. I started to make irrational decisions and ended up doing some stupid things, I hurt people I loved and also hurt myself. I attribute my drug use to my eventual incarceration in prison.
So what do I think of drugs today? well, I am not in favour of recreational drug use a bit like Frank. I will not judge drug users, actually I know quite a few. I will not remove myself from an environment where drugs are being taken. I believe that education is the key, I am not a "just say no" man when it comes to education. I want to see people who have made the choice to take drugs take them safely. I believe people need to be properly informed as to the physical, psychological and relational impact of drug use. I also believe in the law, if something is illegal we shouldn't do it. The evidence would suggest that drug use is damaging. The most damaging drug that causes the most deaths is alcohol, then I also have to ask myself about caffeine and nicotine!
I read this today about steroid use in US Baseball thats a whole over realm of drug use! Steroids....
What would you do if cannabis was made legal?