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Dataloungers, tell me all about OPIUM dens!

What were they like in your youth? Did you ever make it to Chinatown to partake?

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by Anonymousreply 9107/23/2020

The photos seemed pretty epic

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by Anonymousreply 106/26/2020

I had some great times there!

by Anonymousreply 206/26/2020

Yes... all of you partiers out there that are over 100, do please tell us what it was like!

by Anonymousreply 306/26/2020

Based on those photos, looks like it just ppl wanna sleep

by Anonymousreply 406/26/2020

Just makes*

by Anonymousreply 506/26/2020

no. But if I had, I probably would still be there now.

by Anonymousreply 606/26/2020

There was one in Princeton New Jersey I used to frequent. It was in an old polo stable at Bunny's country place. Lots of big cushions and we would read poetry.

by Anonymousreply 706/26/2020

The scourge of late 19th century China. Out of a population of 300 million, about one-third were addicted to opium.

by Anonymousreply 806/26/2020

They look like heroin addicts.

by Anonymousreply 906/26/2020

San Francisco was full of them.

by Anonymousreply 1006/26/2020

^ How long ago??

by Anonymousreply 1106/26/2020

Did you ever see SCENT OF A WOMAN...on opium?

by Anonymousreply 1206/26/2020

R11 Turn of the century

by Anonymousreply 1306/26/2020

Opium is still popular in places like Afghanistan.

by Anonymousreply 1406/26/2020

San Francisco is now an open air heroin den.

by Anonymousreply 1506/26/2020

China had a hell of a time addressing the addiction problem. It really wasn't until Mao that mass-scale opium addiction was eradicated -- with rehabilitation and medical help for those who were cooperative, but also labor camps, imprisonment, and even execution for those weren't cooperative.

by Anonymousreply 1606/26/2020

I've read about the opium trade and it was the only time in recent history that the West had an economic advantage over China. Now we have to kow-tow ( abasement, humiliation) with respect to the Middle Kingdom to secure PPE and medications.

by Anonymousreply 1706/26/2020

It's an old drug, almost obsolete. Not unlike morphine.

by Anonymousreply 1806/26/2020

It smelled really good.

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by Anonymousreply 1906/26/2020

Robert De Niro smoked it in Once Upon A Time In America

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by Anonymousreply 2006/26/2020

What was the fun of it? I mean... I'm all for an altered state but how much of it did you enjoy? Seems like you mainly just went out (I guess that could be it then.)

by Anonymousreply 2106/26/2020

R21 I read an article about opium years ago. I think it was in vanity Fair, that talked about how genuine opium was almost impossible to find, and how the high was unbelievable but impossible to come down (I rally can’t remember). It was an interesting article and the writer had to got through a lot of trouble to get some. Most so called opium that they sell now is heroin or morphine. Real opium is impossible to get and extremely expensive.

by Anonymousreply 2206/26/2020

r13, you need to say "turn of the 20th century". Turn of the century now means at the beginning of the 21st century.

by Anonymousreply 2306/26/2020

Prime dick!

by Anonymousreply 2406/26/2020

I love scary old opium den photos.

This article has many, mostly of Chinese smokers.

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by Anonymousreply 2506/26/2020

Without opium, there'd be no Hong Kong.

by Anonymousreply 2606/26/2020

R25, I hope that poor cat is not high on opium.

by Anonymousreply 2706/27/2020

I went to an opium din but I couldn't bear the noise.

by Anonymousreply 2806/27/2020

Also sorry for all the odd typos. New phone and all.


by Anonymousreply 2906/27/2020

R8 the USA should Covertly flood China with cheap opium and maybe we could get a third of the county addicted again.

by Anonymousreply 3006/27/2020

When YSL launched Opium the perfume in 1977, there was considerable outrage and horror because of the drug association. You would think they called it "Pussy Juice."

by Anonymousreply 3106/27/2020

R30, China, in fact, seems to be doing the opposite to us and other western nations -- flooding us with cheap opioids, including those dangerous Fentanyl patches, etc.

I believe China refers to that period in history as their "100 years of humiliation." From around the first Opium War until the end of WWII, China was on the losing end of a lot of foreign interference. It's almost inconceivable to think of a country having one-third of its population addicted to heavy narcotics. That would be a disaster.

by Anonymousreply 3206/27/2020

Opium just seems like it makes you want to sleep. Is it like Ambien?

by Anonymousreply 3306/27/2020

R33, I think the closest thing people would compare it to nowadays is like heroin. It incapacitates the user and doesn't exactly make them very industrious.

by Anonymousreply 3406/27/2020

They have crazy eyes.

by Anonymousreply 3506/27/2020

R22 Is this the article you are thinking of?

Vanity Fair:


Driven by romantic, spiritual, and medicinal imperatives, the author goes in search of something everyone tells him no longer exists: an opium den. From Hong Kong to Bangkok to the Golden Triangle, he is offered every decadence known to the East—and learns the truth about a legendarily perfect drug.


NOVEMBER 10, 2009

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by Anonymousreply 3606/27/2020

Here's a pipe for you, sir.

(Prince is five and two, sir.)

Can't you see the garden?

It's such a lovely garden...

I'll take you there, I know the path so well...

To Hell."

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by Anonymousreply 3806/27/2020

is smoking opium what they called chasing the dragon?

by Anonymousreply 3906/27/2020

Everyone pray for r39, his fucking Google is broken.

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by Anonymousreply 4006/27/2020

Ask Olivia de Havilland

by Anonymousreply 4106/27/2020

Ask Gabrielle Carteris.

by Anonymousreply 4206/27/2020

It looks pretty nice. Why is opium illegal?

by Anonymousreply 4306/27/2020

There’s a Cab Calloway song about it

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by Anonymousreply 4406/27/2020

All my memories of Opium dens come from Thoroughly Modern Millie, Doctor Who, and Agatha Christie.

Yes, I’d get addicted and require treatment at a sanitarium that had ponies and LSD.

by Anonymousreply 4506/27/2020

R43, I think because other drugs at least prod people to move around a bit. Opium was highly addictive, rendered people immobile and useless, with less energy than even a zombie. You can imagine how that might create a huge problem when a third of your population is in that state.

by Anonymousreply 4606/27/2020

It looks relaxing.

by Anonymousreply 4706/28/2020

That Nick Tosches article posted above is from 2000, not 2009. So the connected old timers who managed to get him opium in SEA even at that time are probably dead by now (Nick himself died last fall). It does seem to be an entirely dead drug scene, but is that really such a bad thing?

by Anonymousreply 4806/28/2020

We had a nice den in my home growing up, we had a color TV and a ping pong table. And a parakeet. Oh wait I thought it said "tell me all about Ohio dens." Then I put my specs on. Never mind.

by Anonymousreply 4906/28/2020

It's still a huge problem in Afghanistan, partly due to poppy cultivation there, and also during war there, people looked for escapism in the form of a cheap, readily available high.

by Anonymousreply 5006/28/2020

R36 I believe that’s the article.

R50 from what I gather, those “opium” poppies are just heroin and the farmers and dealers lie so they can charge more. Who knows though, maybe they really are opium. There’s not much way to prove it. The article at r36 was written a while ago, so maybe some enterprising dealers have decided to start cultivating it again.

by Anonymousreply 5106/28/2020

Make China Opium Again

by Anonymousreply 5206/28/2020

Opium sounds nice, except even a half of a hydrocodone constipates me for a week.

by Anonymousreply 5306/28/2020

R51, you're probably right. I didn't realize opium was such a scarce commodity until reading the article at R36. Great article, btw. Really brings home how ancient opium is -- around since the days of Mesopotamians, Egyptians, and ancient Greeks.

by Anonymousreply 5406/28/2020

BTW, I wonder who the author is referencing when he mentions that famous French celebrity fashion designer who apparently has a huge opium habit?

by Anonymousreply 5506/28/2020

Catherine Deneuve looked fabulous sinking opium in INDOCHINE.

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by Anonymousreply 5706/28/2020

I made/harvested my own opium 30 years ago. I learned a lot.

The poppy life/blooming cycle is daylight-length dependent. I planted the seeds at the wrong time and they grew in the fall and then went semi-dormant all winter. Where I live it's warm enough in winter and I thought they'd grow during the winter. Plant them at the right time, probably in late winter or early spring as soon as there's no danger of frost.

I planted some in pots and others in the dirt. The ones in the dirt grew much larger. I also transplanted a couple and that screwed them up, some died and the rest were stunted. They don't like being moved.

They finally bloomed in late spring. This was at the very beginning of the internet, so I had to go to the library and find books on how to harvest the sap. I waited about 10 days after they bloomed. Using a box knife, I made a few pokes 5 to 7 mm vertically around half the circumference of the seed bulb in the morning. In the evening I scraped the sap off the cuts. Next morning I poked the other side of the bulb and repeated. It took a few days to gather a few grams of opium. As it dried it turned from white to gray to black.

Then a college friend - from northern Italy where I learned they do a lot of recreational drugs - and I mixed some with weed and smoked it. We got very spaced out, relaxed and euphoric, then tranced out, half-napping for a couple hours. Then it began to wear off and maybe 3 hours later we were almost back to normal.

Unfortunately I had a roommate who found out what I had made and took it upon himself to go into my room, seize the rest of my opium, and dispose of it. So I only got to try it that one time.

by Anonymousreply 5806/28/2020

R58 can you use any kind of poppy?

by Anonymousreply 5906/28/2020

I'm going to answer my own question at R55 and guess that it was Yves Saint-Laurent he was alluding to (he had a perfume named Opium)?

by Anonymousreply 6006/28/2020

r58, that's definitely an interesting story!

by Anonymousreply 6106/28/2020

Its effects are said to be debilitating.

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by Anonymousreply 6206/28/2020

R62, I think anything that is as addictive as opium is purported to be is not something to be trifled with.

by Anonymousreply 6306/28/2020

Deneuve made it look glamorous in Indochine.

by Anonymousreply 6406/28/2020

R36, great article. My question is this -- so the guy finally finds opium after searching all over Asia, he ends up taking it a few times and loving it, calling it the 'perfect drug." What happened after? Did he become addicted? Just a one-off thing?

by Anonymousreply 6506/29/2020

R58- I. have smoked some opium with pot. It was exactly how you described. I. would add it can make you more intimate with those around you. I did it with an old friend. But I loved it!

by Anonymousreply 6606/29/2020

R66, it wasn't addictive?

by Anonymousreply 6706/29/2020

My guess was YSL too re: the opium addict. Didn’t he used to run around Morocco just so he could smoke opium and chase underage boys with no hassle from the law?

R58’s description of farming the poppy is also talked about a bit in the article. Not only is it almost impossible to find a real opium poppy, it’s a finicky plant and most of them have been destroyed because it’s a drug that was so addictive it took down entire countries.

One of my mother’s old riich relatives was an opium addict. He’s dead. It had nothing to do with opium, he was old.

by Anonymousreply 6806/29/2020

R68, you have rebel gardeners throughout the US claiming opium poppies. In planting Zone5, my mom claimed her opium poppies needed morning and noon sun with shade in the afternoon.

by Anonymousreply 6906/29/2020

I'd love to try it. Right up my alley I reckon.

by Anonymousreply 7006/29/2020

Why yes, I remember back in 1905 I used to have a place to repair to. It was delightful, don't believe the negative press.

by Anonymousreply 7106/29/2020

Did someone say opium?

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by Anonymousreply 7206/29/2020

China is still so traumatized by their opium epidemic, in fact, that I believe the punishment for selling it is the death penalty...

by Anonymousreply 7306/29/2020

Thanks for the article recommendation r-36. Beautiful writing.

by Anonymousreply 7406/29/2020

R67- I wasn't addicted.

by Anonymousreply 7506/30/2020

I’m all about the crack dens!

by Anonymousreply 7606/30/2020

Opium dens in movies: Once Upon a Time in America - DeNiro is in a den; many reviewers believed the entire movie was his 'pipe dream' of how he remembered his life.

The original Razor's Edge - Ann Bancroft is in a den, trying to numb herself from her husband's death and Tyrone Power rescues her.

by Anonymousreply 7706/30/2020

The Blacklist had Red (James Spader) in an opium den after he thinks Elizabeth is dead.

by Anonymousreply 7806/30/2020

That "From Hell" film about Jack the Ripper had an opium den scene, but I believe it was widely inaccurate, as it was a mishmash of a character drinking absinthe and having an opium-like high.

by Anonymousreply 7907/04/2020

Tons of pussy!!!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 8007/04/2020

"the USA should Covertly flood China with cheap opium and maybe we could get a third of the county addicted again."

Speaking of oxycontin, how are American addicts doing during COVID? They okay? Dying in droves? Happy for the Chinese to help re-elect Trump?

Pretty sure America is too busy being China's bitch to do much now.

That is, when we aren't being Putin's bitch.

by Anonymousreply 8107/04/2020

The ending of McCABE & MRS. MILLER has Julie Christie in an opium den.

That’s my only experience with them - -

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by Anonymousreply 8307/04/2020

R74, I agree about the writing. I read the article twice -- as I liked his style so much.

by Anonymousreply 8407/05/2020

Those 1890s people sure knew how to party.

by Anonymousreply 8507/05/2020

They looked seedy.

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by Anonymousreply 8607/05/2020

An upscale heroin den features in The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007). The Philip Seymour Hoffman character spends time there. I didn't know there was such a thing. Is there?

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by Anonymousreply 8707/20/2020

What are opiates, then? Opioids.

Whatever. There is always some scourge of a drug to thin the herd. People want to escape and I don’t blame them.

by Anonymousreply 8807/20/2020

I wouldn’t go to an opium den.

I only go to opium drawing rooms.

by Anonymousreply 8907/20/2020

Was Gremlins an allegory for opium addiction?

by Anonymousreply 9007/20/2020

I opium mother is feeling better.

by Anonymousreply 9107/23/2020
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