A controversial socialite this week revealed that she thinks marijuana and other recreational drugs bring people together.
She made the statement after The Villager newspaper contacted her for comment on the prevalence of drugs in the entertainment industry.
The socialite - who spoke on condition of anonymity - said recreational drugs such as weed bring people together because they have a shared interest, although she was not necessarily condoning that act.
A marijuana or weed smoker herself, she said “I used to smoke weed with my friends, who happened to have friends who are artists who also smoked weed, so we would smoke together.
I think for most artists, it starts like them trying to become creative by using weed, then it becomes an everyday habit. It becomes a lifestyle for them.”
She further said for most artists, being high or intoxicated on drugs puts them in a calming trance which allows them to create their artwork, be it making music or painting.
Although she said most people who do drugs started doing them before they came into the industry, there are those who are lured into it by the veterans.
In a bid to be like their heroes in the industry, they try to copy everything they do, which includes doing drugs.
“We don’t see weed as a drug, it’s medicine. It is not addictive, unless you smoke skunk, which is laced with other substances such as cigarettes or whatever other drugs the dealers have,” she explained.
Queried as to whether she was afraid of being caught, she said she and her smoking companions had devised a plan to ensure that they would not be jailed if they were ever caught.
She said they carry weed just below the legal limit, enough to roll at least two joints. That way, the police just confiscate the substance and let them off with a warning.
While the socialite and some of her friends take the risk of carrying the drugs on them, a drug dealer who also spoke anonymously due to legal reasons said he had found a new client base through home deliveries.
“I have a few customers who are celebrities. Obviously, they do not want to be caught with the drugs, so I deliver it to them because they are my best customers. Sometimes I take it to their houses, but most of the time to their studios,” the dealer stated.
He said most of his clients who are in the entertainment industry only buy weed from him, which is mainly what he deals in anyway.
However, he was aware of other people who bought cocaine from other people.
Musician Black-A-Moor, who used to smoke weed in his heyday, said drugs and the entertainment industry as a whole are interlinked.
“I would say that 90% of people in the entertainment industry had done weed at some point in their careers. It enhances your creativity, and helps you think outside of the box.
It allows you to approach certain topics in a way you wouldn’t in normal circumstances,” he reasoned.
He added that drugs like weed are like any other intoxicating substance like beer, saying some people can have two glasses of beer and be satisfied, while others drink to the point where they are completely drunk and are falling over.
“There are a select few who use drugs like cocaine. They use them when they are on tours or where they have concerts, public appearances and interviews lined up back-to-back because it helps them stay awake. It makes them alert,” Black-A-Moor added.
He said problems with drugs come about because people have a tendency to overuse things. They take more drugs than is necessary and mix it with other substances such as alcohol, which can lead to overdosing.
Joe Black, a reformed drug user who has been in the industry for over 20 years, said he too was sucked into smoking weed during his early days.
Black has just returned to the music scene after a long hiatus where he took time to find himself, and said he was lured into smoking through peer pressure, although it was not vocalised.
“I started smoking because of peer pressure. No one told me to do it, but I felt pressured because it was the in-thing, and everybody was doing it,” he began.
“When I tried it, it stimulated my mind. All of my senses were awakened, and I felt everything. I became good at everything I put my mind to doing when I was high,” he claimed.
It was not long after that that he became addicted to weed, which is the only drug he ever used.
Many people are under the impression that weed is not addictive because it’s a natural herb.
However, Black stressed that it is addictive in that it manipulates you into thinking that you cannot do anything without it, and you begin relying on it heavily.
“I lost 10 years of my life. I lost people I cared about, and lost out on opportunities because of weed.
It begins to eat away at your brain cells, you become forgetful, and you can’t do some basic things you would normally be able to, like adding numbers together,” he said.
Black explained that the appeal with drugs is the fact that it makes people feel invincible, it gives actors the courage to perform, or musicians the ability to write creatively.
Unfortunately, because the brain is susceptible and open to manipulation, people become convinced that they cannot do without the drugs.
It took Black into losing everything and receiving help in vain to realise that he needed to stop.
Although he feels all drugs are bad, he said trying to help someone who doesn’t realise they need the help is useless, as was in his own case.
“I received help from counsellors, psychiatrists, psychologists, you name them, but it didn’t help because I was not ready.
Getting help is a personal decision, you should want it for yourself,” he said, concluding with the powerful statement which alludes to the fact that those in the entertainment industry who are addicted to drugs cannot be helped unless they seek out help for themselves.