Recreational drugs

Did you ever hear that the creator and writer of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, took LSD before he began to write?

I heard this rumour years ago and since the latest hype about the release of Tim Burton’s film edition of the book, I eventually decided to find out whether it was true. (Click HERE to view the official film trailer.)

The original edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first released in 1865. LSD was only synthesised and discovered by Albert Hofmann, accidentally (imagine that), in the year 1943.

Consequently, LSD or acid was only produced an entire 78 years after Carroll wrote the story about Alice in her dreamy little world! Myth BUSTED!

Although Carroll could not have possibly been an ‘acid bunny’, further investigation showed that he DID after all use other narcotics in order to fuel the creativity of his mind. He was known to have smoked opium, ‘pop’ liberty caps and indulge in the ingestion of psychedelic mushrooms, to be precise.

The use of illegal substances is no secret in many genres of artistic trades. Modern society has ever increasingly given recreational drug use an unashamed status of acceptance among world famous musicians, sculptors, fashion designers and painters.

I find I embrace the creativity produced by our generation and those before it, even though an artist’s methods may be ‘induced’ by drug abuse.

How do you feel about the recreational use of narcotics by some of the most amazing artists the world has ever known?


9 responses to “Recreational drugs

  1. I think that the creativity should be induced naturally, freely and not through any substances which seems that it is ‘forced’

  2. Hi Linda, thanks for your comment.

    I totally understand your point of view. I’d like to know if you’d deliberately begin to ignore the work of an artist you liked if you found out that he/she were using substances to create things that you find aesthetically pleasing?

  3. Im on the fence with this one, I mean im totally against the use of hard drugs yet i understand why artists/ creative people are attracted to it.

    I do feel that we should separate the issue of drug usage and the product of the user, in the end can we really imagine the world without Alice in Wonderland?

  4. Truly creative people don’t need drugs…look at Leon Botha’s stuff. Some of his stuff might be over the top, but he is truly creative.
    How many regular users can function 100% in society or even in their own family circles? All in the name of art? I don’t think so. I would deliberately not buy art that was fuelled by drugs. I cannot bring myself to fund a very bad (sometimes deadly) and debilitating habit.

  5. I remember that myth to and just the other day someone told me the real story… Ido not judge others, so what ever they do, they do.

  6. Wow, this is so interesting! I am totally against the use of drugs as well, but Alice in Wonderland is an amazing story – to the young and old. Shame on him for abusing drugs, but thank the Lord for the creativity that sprung from this abuse. I wonder people who produces horrors/thrillers get their storylines?

  7. nicolefernandes

    great article!really makes me think,as i dont agree with use of drugs…again i dont judge people,so if that how they want to go about it,so be it but do so this sets examples for others.

  8. I believe that everybody is essentially creative, some have figured out how to tap their creative mind without drugs but very well might still find themselves inhibited by the society around them as where others rely on drugs to relinquish them from the comformaty that is the ‘norm’. Either way I believe each person should find their own muse as to satisfy their internal need to express themselves in any method!

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