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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Drugs | Old and New

Hunter S. Thompson set out from LA to Las vegas in his classic road book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. But the drugs he used in the book are yesterday's drugs: LSD, mescaline, ether, uppers, downers, cocaine and alcohol. If he were to make the trip today, I wonder what he'd take along. Perhaps an updated version of the book would involve some of the newer drugs, smart drugs, as they are called. These substances would have given him a more intense experience, would have distorted his perceptions less, and might have even made him enjoy himself more. They include such mind enhancing substances as maca, pregnenolone, vinpocetine, huperzine, and DMAE. He could also have used some other nootropics and had just as much fun. In fact, he might have been conscious during more of the trip. The book, however, is excellent, darkly funny, and a whiz of a read, even today, more than thirty years after its initial 1971 publication.

The ether scene form the movie

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