The short but symbolically significant mentioning of LSD in X-men days of future past

By Joe-(5-HTP) · Jul 2, 2014 · ·
  1. Joe-(5-HTP)
    The new X-men film is out. For those of you unfamiliar with it, I will spare you the details of it, they are not what I want to talk about.

    What is important is that in a top grossing popular film, LSD was mentioned. This is not some cult movie seen by people more than likely to be drug users than the average person. This is a film seen by average people.

    The scenario in the film (spoiler ahead) is that a character was sent back in time, but due to the difficulties of the process had unfortunately been negatively affected mentally. He didn't know who or where he was. To calm him down and attempt to restore some temporary balance, another character told him that he was on Acid. "Someone gave you really bad acid".

    This was meant as a humorous moment in the film. It does symbolise something significant though. LSD is presented not as something unspeakable, but as something normal which can be joked about, in a film seen by all of society.

    I think this is a positive thing for the perception of drugs by society.

    Of course the idea of 'bad acid' is a myth, it's unfortunate to spread that. But whatever, let's take what we can get.

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  1. thirdeyelasik
    Interesting view point but I would say the opposite. That society always tends to view the psychedelic experience as something bad or that something is inherently wrong with it. As you said there is no bad acid that is a myth so in a sense they are implying that acid made him crazy and everyone just agrees after they say he took acid. Acid=crazy/useless/hippie culture in mainstream culture.
  2. Joe-(5-HTP)
    I disagree. "Bad acid" was the myth used to explain bad trips. Not all trips were bad trips, so not all acid was bad acid.

    So, it's not believed that the psychedelic experience is something bad, it just can be sometimes - the cause being bad acid.

    While it's incorrect that the cause is bad acid, it's certainly true that some psychedelic experiences can be bad.
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