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(hed)p.e. Frontman Jared Gomes: “I Don’t Think Its Healthy To Live One’s Life Stoned”

(hed)p.e. frontman Jared “Jahred” Gomes continues to reflect on his newfound sobriety after his self-described decades of substance abuse. His latest posting on the matter can be found below:

“Because I’ve been abusing drugs and alcohol my ENTIRE adult life…I have discovered I don’t have any coping skills. I have been comfortably numb my entire adult life! I haven’t been feeling/experiencing life as it really is. As a classic under achiever, I look forward to taking life head on, and feeling all the pain and the pleasure in a real-natural way…for all its worth.

Marijuana is a useful tool, but I look at it as a shaman does any of the power plants shaman use. It is to be experienced, to show one that there are other vibrations and other realities, and then you take what you learn back with you to the “real” world.

I don’t think its healthy to live one’s life STONED. Obviously, this thought will aggravate many who use on a daily basis. To each his own…I only share my perspective for my own life. I have spent the MAJORITY of my long life STONED, and I don’t feel I’m missing out on anything, in fact, I feel like I’ve been missing out on experiencing life AS IT REALLY IS!

I see people like to quote Bob Marley, and use his words as justification for getting stoned everyday. First, the herb Bob smoked was not the herb we smoke today. The THC content was MUCH lower. Second, and I preface this statement with the fact that Bob Marley is LEGEND, and his words and music have liberated me…he has been a beacon of light in my life…nevertheless…he was a man, and as a man, capable of being misinterpreted. As an example, he claimed Haile Selassie (Lij Tafari Makonn), Emperor of Ethiopia, was Lord of Lords, when Selassie himself tried to explain to the Rastas that HE WAS NOT LORD…but just a man…true enough…a descendant of King Solomon…BUT STILL JUST A MAN!

Quoting Marley as a reason to stay STONED 24/7 doesn’t hold water for me. Blessings to all my brethren and sistren!!!!!”


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    • BlueBalls     June 11, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Whatever works for him I guess. I’m confident that my lifestyle is much healthier than any of the heavy drinkers or pill poppers I know.

      *packs chillum with cataract kush*

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    • I have been a (HeD) P.E. fan for a good part of my life. Starting when I first moved to the caribbean in 97′. We were all once filled with angst and fucking bitches, smokin bud, and for that matter, doing whatever was around to get us fucked up. Everyone is older, and hopefully wiser now, watching the last 10 years of progression is ridiculous. I feel shame in jared for denouncing almost everything he has dealt with……. like it didn’t fuckin happen. Its amazing for him to talk shit about Bob, when, not only on their albums, but more so on stage, he replicates Bob Marley lyrics. I’m Glad they raged my youth. But don’t fuck with legends (BOB). And don’t be a fucking Douche!
      This rant is provided by Cody.

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      • SteveTango     June 11, 2013 at 8:50 pm

        Put the keyboard down and go spark your doobie for a second, fuckwad. A recovering addict denounces his past transgressions. It’s a great initial way of COPING (as talked about before). It’s also a great way to recognizing your mistakes and learning from them!! And if you got “trash talk” out of what he said about Bob Marley??? Not only do you need to lay off the pipe, but your ass needs lessons on simple reading comprehension.

        I’ve been a (hed)pe fan for 15+ years and watched Jared thru his ups and downs. I’m personally glad to see this type of growth in him. If your stoned ass can’t pick up on the progress, then please, move away and go back to your boring life.

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    • PartTimeMetalFan     June 12, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      Hmmm…. the way I look at it, this couldn’t hurt towards a potential reunion of the Self-titled / Broke era lineup! I really hope he can patch things up with BC, Chad, and Wes :) Those shows were SO fun back then!

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    • I don’t understand addicts. I have been a casual user since I was like 15 and it has never been a problem for me. Smoke less pot….. isn’t that hard to do. BTW those who say weed isn’t additive is an idiot. I have friends/family that cook their eggs in the morning with their oily tincture. Tell me that isn’t over the fucking top. That said, Jared was probably fucking with a whole lot more shit that herb.

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