Famous Drug Users


Does anyone doubt that DRUGS corrupt the mind, destroy the soul, and break down the very fiber of society? Take note, then of the evidence which follows:
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“Threat to Society”: Drugs used:
Isaac Abrams, artist LSD
Tim Allen, actor, comedian “Home Improvement”, “The Santa Clause” cocaine
Richard Alpert (also known as Baba Ram Das), psychologist, author, guru LSD
Lewis Daniel Armstrong, musician (“Satchmo”) marijuana
Allen Atwell, artist LSD
Marcus Aurelius, philosopher, emperor of Rome opium
Ginger Baker, musician amphetamines
Tallulah Bankhead, actress cocaine
Marion Barry, mayor of Washington, D.C. cocaine, alcohol
Charles Baudelaire, poet absinthe
The Beatles, musicians marijuana, LSD
John Belushi, comedian, actor marijuana, heroin, cocaine
Sarah Bernhardt, actress cocaine
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet opium
Lenny Bruce, comedian, free speech activist marijuana, heroin
William S. Burroughs, historian, author: “Naked Lunch”, “I, Claudius” cocaine, opium
Lewis Carrol, mathematician, photographer, author: “Alice in Wonderland” mushrooms
Winston Churchill, British prime minister alcohol
Grover Cleveland, U.S. president cocaine
William Clinton, U.S. president “Well, I did smoke pot, but I didn’t inhale. And I was in England, so it really doesn’t count. Plus, no-one saw me. So what’s the big fuss? The half million people arrested for pot last year are just sore losers.” (If you got locked up for a few decades, you would be too.) marijuana
Jean Cocteau, playwrite: “Orpheus” opium
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet: “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” opium (laudanum)
Wilkie Collins, author: “The Moonstone” opium
David Crosby, Musician, founding member of “The Byrds” and “Crosby, Stills and Nash” marijuana, cocaine
Aleister Crowley, magician, author: “Magick Without Tears”, “Moonchild”, “The Book of Thoth”, “Diary of a Drug Fiend”, “Theory of Magick” EVERYTHING
Salivor Dali, painter “Everyone should eat hashish, but only once.” hashish
Thomas DeQuincy, author: “Confessions of an English Opium-Eater” opium (laudanum)
Charles Dickens, author: “A Christmas Carol”, “Oliver Twist” opium
Arthur Conan Doyle, logican, author: “Sherlock Holmes” (a cocaine user) opium
Isadora Duncan (revolutionized dance) cocaine
Thomas Alva Edison, inventor, industrialist cocaine, alcohol
Havelock Ellis, physician, author: “Psychology of Sex”, essay: “Mezcal: A New Artificial Paradise” peyote
Carrie Fisher, Actress, screenwriter prescription drugs
Ben Franklin, inventor, publisher, scientist, American statesman opium, marijuana
Peter Fonda, actor marijuana, LSD
Sigmund Freud, physician, “Father of Psychoanalysis” cocaine
Jerry Garcia, musician (with The Grateful Dead), philospher, spiritual consultant to Jefferson Airplane, religious leader LSD, marijuana, heroin
Newt Ginrich, Speaker of the Senate “See, when I smoked pot it was illegal, but not immoral. Now, it is illegal AND immoral. The law didn’t change, only the morality. That’s why you get to go to jail and I don’t. Any questions?” Yes, does he really believe himself? marijuana
Al Gore, U.S. vice-president “My work on the environment is so important that I can’t take the time off to go to jail for something so trivial as marijuana. But its okay with me if you go.” (Insensitive snot) marijuana
Ulysses S. Grant, U.S. president cocaine, alcohol
Grateful Dead, musicians marijuana
Jimi Hendrix, musician, singer, legendary guitar player LSD, heroin
Albert Hoffman, chemist, discovered LSD and became a proponant LSD
Billie Holliday, singer opium
Dennis Hopper, actor marijuana
Aldous Huxley, author: “Brave New World”, “Island”, “Doors of Perception” mescaline
William James, physician, philosopher nitrous oxide, ether, peyote
Jefferson Airplane/Starship, musicians maijuana
Thomas Jefferson, U.S. president, inventor, architect, marijuana farmer marijuana
Jesus the Nazerite, Carpenter, Rabbi, “Christ”
* Amanita muscaria, also known as fly agaric. Evidence available from R. Gordon Wasson, (“Soma, The Divine Mushroom of Immortality”) mushroom expert and executive to J.P. Morgan. Another case was made by John M. Allegro, noted Bible scholar and linguist, who presented evidence in “The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross” that the story of Jesus was actually an allegory on the properties of the amanita.
alcohol, mushrooms*
Steve Jobs, co-creator of the Apple computer, the NeXt computer, and former head of Apple Computers, Inc. marijuana, LSD
Janis Joplin, singer heroin, alcohol
Stacy Keach, actor (Mike Hammer) cocaine
John Keats, poet opium
Ken Kesey, author: “One Flew Over the Coo-Coo’s Nest”, “Once a Great Notion”
* Mr. Kesey’s personal correction: I only had him down for LSD, to which he commented that someone not willing to try anything, is not a real truth-seeker, but only a dilatant.
Archibald Leach (actor Cary Grant) LSD
Timothy Leary, psychologist, Father of Transactional Analysis, software author: “Mindwheel”. “Turn on, tune in, drop out.” LSD, marijuana
Donovan Leich, musician LSD, marijuana
Pope Leo XIII cocaine
John Cunningham Lilly, physician, scientist (electronics, dolphin communication, sensory deprivation), philosopher, author: “Mind of the Dolphin”, “Center of the Cyclone” LSD, ketamine
Bela Lugosi, actor opium, morphine
Bob Marley, musician “The Father of Reggae Music” marijuana
Judge Marquat, Arizona Supreme Court Justice, involved in Miranda ruling. marijuana
Joseph McCarthy, U.S. Senator opium
Joni Mitchell, Musician Marijuana
Wier Mitchell, physician, author: “Injuries of the Nerves and their Consequences” peyote
Mohammed, spiritual leader hashish
Marcia Moore, Sheraton Hotel heiress, author: “Hypersentience”, Journeys into the Bright World” LSD marijuana, ketamine
Jim Morrison, lead singer for The Doors cocaine, alocohol, LSD, marijuana
Mothers of Invention, musicians LSD, marijuana
Willi Nelson, musician marijuana
Jack Nicholson, actor marijuana, LSD
Stevie Nicks, singer cocaine
Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus, Father of Modern Medicine opium
Pablo Picasso, painter, “The smell of opium is the least stupid smell in the world.” opium
Plotinus, Roman philosopher, 205-270 AD opium
Edgar Allen Poe, poet, author: “The Raven”, “The Fall of the House of Usher” opium
Jackson Pollack, painter (His work sold for up to $8,000,000 a piece.) alcohol
Cole Porter, composer cocaine
Elvis Presley, singer, actor prescription drugs
Richard Pryor, actor, comedian cocaine
Cardinal Duc de Richelieu, leading minister to king Louis XIII opium
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, U.S. president alcohol
Sir Walter Scott, poet, author opium
Shelly, poet opium
Arlene Sklar-Weinstein, artist LSD
Robert Louis Stevenson, author cocaine, morphine
The Rolling Stones (reputed to be the greatest rock-and-roll band in the world) marijuana, LSD
Desmond Taylor, film director cocaine
Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice “I was smart enough to use pot without getting caught, and now I’m on the Supreme Court. If you were stupid enough to get caught, that’s your problem. Your appeal is denied. This 40 year sentence just might teach you a lesson.” Clearly, a hateful man. marijuana
Vincent Van Gogh, painter absinthe, camphor
Jesse Ventura, wrestler, governor of Minnesota marijuana
Jules Verne, author: “The Time Machine”, “War of the Worlds”, “2,000 Leagues Under the Sea” cocaine
George Washington, U.S. president, marijuana farmer marijuana (sensimilla)
Allen Watts, Zen philosopher, masters degree in religion, doctorate in divinity, author: “The Joyous Cosmology”, “Zen Sticks, Zen Bones”, “The Taboo against Knowing Who You Are”, “The Wisdom of Insecurity”. LSD, marijuana, mescaline, psilocybin, dimethyl-tryptamine (DMT), alcohol
Andrew Wiel, physician, psychopharmicologist, anthropologist, fire-walker, alternative health expert, author: “The Natural Mind”, “Spontaneous Healing”, “8 Weeks to Optimum Health” marijuana, peyote, yage (S. American hallucinagin)
William Wilberforce, almost singlehandedly got slavery abolished throughout the British Empire opium
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If you think my list is incomplete, feel free to send me more, with documentation. I can only apologise that I have lost most of the documentation I based this on, and reassembling the large number of sources used, would be prohibitive to say the least. (It would also make this a very large page.) Many of these people have admitted to their drug use in interviews or in their own writings, or by authorizing biographies which make mention of it, have eyewitnesses giving report, or they otherwise make it all too obvious.

It is noteworthy that probably the vast majority of society’s innovators and benefactors were drug users. There is all too many we simply do not have the data on, and in the current political climate it is highly unlikely any studies will be done on this. In much of human history, drugs have been so much the norm as to not warrent mention regarding this or that personage. Has this held humans back? Is it not oppressive governments and laws which have impeded progress, rather than the selection of human pastimes? In some cases, drug use has been far more than a pastime. To many of these people, their drug use has been an integral part of their work. Could Lewis Carrol create Alice, if he did not use mushrooms? Could Picasso paint Picasso without opium? Would Paracelcus have learned to refine drugs, were he not an addict? Could the Rolling Stones have become “the greatest Rock-and-Roll band in the world”, if they did not get stoned?
I once ran accross a study saying that geniuses, on the average, have done their best work in their twenties, and taper off thereafter. Physiologically, however, the human brain does not begin to atrophy until the mid-thirties. Even then, the growth of new dendrites can compensate for as long as the body is reasonably healthy. Clearly, the problem of continued genial creation is not physiological, but conceptual.


How do you evoke a paradigm shift in a mind that has gone rigid?
What better than a drug, to jog your mind into a new perspective?

This average is not a hard-and-fast rule. There have been many who went on to do their best work late in life. The indication is there that drugs have been a factor in this continued productivity. Even some apparent exceptions are telling. I have found no indication of drug use on the part of William Blake, Baruch Spinoza, or Immanuel Swedenborg, but Blake, Spinoza and Swedenborg were among those of history’s great geniuses who found other ways of altering their state of consciousness, and used that alteration to view reality from different perspectives.


The truth WILL set you free, which is why we are not supposed to have it.

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See also:
Modern Mystics
The War on Drugs is Responsible for America’s Huge Crime Rate
Mushrooms and Mankind
SHADOW OF THE SWASTIKA: The Real Reason the Government Won’t Debate Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Re-legalization
SUMERIA Hemp Pages

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