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What drugs, if any, was Poe on... how did they effect his writing?

-- Anonymous, January 22, 2004


he wasnt so much on durgs he had a major drinking problem and it grew to get out of controll. when he was drunk he was more or less crazy.

-- Anonymous, January 26, 2004

Poe was never on any drugs, many thought he was on opium because of certain references in his literature. If he was on opium, which he was not, many medical advisors say that it was used as a medical treatment. Opium was a common drug used for treatment back in his day.

-- Anonymous, April 17, 2004


You should have written "affect," not "effect." I advise you to substitute the word "impact" for either of those words. Today, it has become a common substitute for both. You won't have to struggle to remember which is correct.

-- Anonymous, September 27, 2004

some of the people think that he was a stpuid little boy some think that it was the durgs driving him crazy but really that was what they did back in the days people did drugs and drank acohol all day every day so its no bigy to them.but Poe? he did durgs only for a little bitt.

-- Anonymous, October 19, 2004

poe was loaded on drugs cand on sper kinda like percy

-- Anonymous, October 25, 2004

In Poe's time, lots of substances which are now classified as illegal drugs, had the status that over the counter drugs have today.

سنی اسلام

-- Anonymous, November 01, 2004

LSD is GOOd! thats what Poe took! Trust Me!

-- Anonymous, November 04, 2004

tonys on drugs

-- Anonymous, November 19, 2004

This is for the bitch laura i liked what they wrote

-- Anonymous, November 19, 2004

ME TO.. shes the man!!

peace out a town

-- Anonymous, November 19, 2004

he's dead

-- Anonymous, November 19, 2004

ur frucking dumb chris ahahhahahah

-- Anonymous, November 19, 2004

hi tony how are you

-- Anonymous, November 19, 2004

hey cory i love the poe man

-- Anonymous, November 19, 2004

billy your weird hahaha

-- Anonymous, November 19, 2004

LSD and coccaine were both legal drugs in Poe's time, which is not to say that they didn't have the same effect that they do today, just that not enough people thought that effect was bad. Poe, just like Freud and countless other geniuses used LSD and coccaine for recreation. Many of his stories were probably written while he was high, but that doesn't change the degree of his genius anymore than it does Freud's or Osborne's. If you want more information, there is a great documentary on the History Channel about coccaine and LSD that discusses Poe's addiction.

-- Anonymous, November 19, 2004

Nope, sorry, Poe never used LSD . . . I repeat . . . Poe NEVER USED LSD. To claim otherwise will require some rather interesting proof. Regardless of what error might have been made on this supposed History Channel documentary, there is no evidence that Poe was addicted to, or even a regular user of any drug other than alcohol, and even that is greatly exaggerated.

-- Anonymous, November 19, 2004

Edgar Allen is a fag and he did use lsd, pot, crack-cocaine, and acid. they were leagl at the time.

-- Anonymous, November 20, 2004

crack?! crack wasnt in vented then and lsd is acid

-- Anonymous, January 07, 2005

Fuck me Fuck me Fuck Me Fuck me....i think he was on some form of depression, thats probably why we cant understand what he writes, maybe we should all take some depressants, and try to read The Fall of The House of Usher....:/

-- Anonymous, January 19, 2005

Me and Edgar Allen Poe both dropped acid back in the day. He told me storys of how sweet his cousin's puss was and that he was drunk when he married her. He also said he once ate a banana while shaking hands with a monkey. I told Edgar to cutt down on the drugs and drinkin and he told me to go fuk myself. I then killed him and buried him alive and said a prayer:" May your writings inspire many goth idiots and give Satan an orgasm."

-- Anonymous, February 03, 2005

you guys are all wrong poe is a good guy just with lots of problems like drugs and cousins if he were alive i would party with him respect the poe

-- Anonymous, February 09, 2005

He was indeed on drugs something stronger than alcohal though

-- Anonymous, February 09, 2005

i think u all are wrong i know who he was he was my grandpa and i always fucking got high with him then went to party at reynosa and got drunk till the morning and to his writings i was actuall the one who wrote them while i was so fucked up.

-- Anonymous, February 14, 2005

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