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Actor Brian Cox experimented with opium during a trip to India and admits it gave him a "rather good feeling".

The Troy star confessed to smoking the morphine-based substance when he visited an opium den in Mumbai during a theatrical tour of the country in the 1980s.

Cox admits he only tried it once as an experiment but insists the drug gave him a feeling of being "very at one with the world".

He tells Scottish newspaper The Herald, "It's something I have spoken about privately but never before in such a public way. I believe you have to be honest and admit your humanity. You can't be above it all.

"When I went to India, I was in an environment when I could try it in the right conditions. It was the conditions that were important. It was only there I could try it - so I did.

"I tried other things. In Calcutta I had bhang lassi, a yoghurt drink with poppy seeds at the bottom which has a slightly hallucinogenic effect.

"I have no regrets, but I do think you have to be responsible. I was never into it when I was younger because I didn't like the idea of it. I was very puritanical. I thought it was a bit of an indulgence on people's parts."

Cox reveals his drug-dabbling as part of a Tv documentary series for BBC Scotland.


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