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‘Door XTC hadden we open gesprekken met elkaar waarvan het effect nog lang bleef nasudderen’

‘Me and my friends didn’t have that much going on in high school so we enjoyed hanging out and smoking together. When I was 15, we discovered molly. We used to plan these nights ahead at someone’s house when their parents weren’t home so we could get high together all night. It made us feel so extremely happy. So free, joyful, and uninhibited. We had these very open conversations, the effect of which continued long after that night. It really strengthened our relationships. After my 18th, I quit smoking and only used molly at parties. This way it wasn’t that special anymore because everyone used it. It still gives me that feeling of freedom and everyday worries disappear. Physically everything intensifies and I feel really present in the moment. I can really get out of my head when I dance and listen to music all night – very different compared to those nights when you’re super drunk and forget everything the morning after. After a night on molly, my mind is happy but my body is not. That’s why I also find drugs like truffles interesting because they’re all natural. It makes the hangover less bad.  

Personally, I don’t see the difference between someone who drinks a beer every day after work and someone who smokes a joint. But that beer is considered normal and the joint isn’t. The education about drugs is so minimal now. And when someone on tv takes a pill or smokes a joint, weird things always happen – very unrealistic.

I’ve worked in nightlife for a long time and drugs are a big part of that world. You can’t go out for several nights a week on alcohol alone. If I was still working in that industry, I wouldn’t have to do this interview anonymously. But nowadays I often work with old-fashioned and less progressive companies that I have to turn into my customers. I don’t want to shoot myself in the foot. I know there are companies that read something like that and then immediately have their opinions ready and don’t want anything to do with it. Hopefully this will change eventually.  

Personally, I don’t see the difference between someone who drinks a beer every day after work and someone who smokes a joint. But that beer is considered normal and the joint isn’t. The education about drugs is so minimal now. And when someone on tv takes a pill or smokes a joint, weird things always happen – very unrealistic.

 I think young people should also be told about the positive effects and that alcohol can be just as dangerous. You don’t have to sneak around with alcohol when you’re 18, but with drugs you do. By legalizing it, drugs would become less interesting. Buying hard drugs in a store feels strange since we’re not used to it but it will eventually prevent drug deaths caused by people buying their polluted stuff on the streets. I’d rather see it lying safe and tested in a shop.  

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