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Alpert, Richard a.k.a. Baba Ram Das – psychologist, author, gu...ru
Anderson, Jon – lead singer of Yes, said he took LSD because Paul McCartney had but McCartney did
not like LSD, whereas Harrison & Lennon did (this schism caused disharmony among The Beatles).
Atwell, Allen – artist
Barlow, John Perry – EFF founder
Barret, Syd – (and the rest of Pink Floyd)
Belushi, John – actor
The Beatles – musicians, see Jon Anderson and John Lennon
Black Sabbath – Ozzie Osborn, musicians
Bowie, David – pop musician, who basically lived with Andy Warhol during the 60's.
Burroughs, William – Beat Poet
Bush, Pres. George H.W. – former head of the CIA. The CIA experimented extensively with LSD and many
agents took it so they would know they were not going crazy if it was given to them. Bush Sr. always
appeared bright to me whereas his sons are dopes, crooks and cheaters.
Carlin, George – counterculture comedian
Carter, Jack -- son of former President Jimmy Carter, who is considering a Senate run in Nevada, was
kicked out of the Navy for using marijuana and LSD.
Carrol, Lewis – mathematician, photographer, author: "Alice in Wonderland" – (mushrooms)
Castanada, Carlos – anthropologist (hallucinogens)
Coburn, James – actor
Coleman, Ornette – He spoke very fondly about his LSD experiences
Coltrane, John – Jazz musician. To discern the inner spiritual beauty of late John Coltrane requires the ear
of faith - or perhaps some LSD, which the saxophonist was taking regularly by that time. Effectively, at that
point jazz had ceased to be a popular musical form, and became a cult. Coltrane wasn't just a hard act to
follow; he was impossible.
Corman, Roger – movie director
Crick, Francis -- Nobel Prize winner for structure of DNA, "Crick was high on LSD when he discovered the
secret of life," The Daily Mail (London), 8/8/2004.
Crowley, Aleister – magician, author: "Magick Without Tears", "Moonchild", "The Book of Thoth", "Diary of
a Drug Fiend", "Theory of Magick"
Davis, Miles – ??? listen to Bitches Brew, On the Corner and LIVE EVIL
Ellis, Dock – baseball player. He mentions the incident in his autobiography. From an interview I saw on TV,
he said he wasn't in the rotation that day, so he dropped thinking he wouldn't be pitching. For some reason
he got called to the mound, didn't think it would be a good idea to confess to having dropped acid, and
pitched the game. I don't remember whether he was the winning pitcher, and I recall that someone else
mentioned he gave up quite a few walks, too. In the interview he said it was a pretty strange experience.
Ellis, Havelock – physician, author: "Psychology of Sex", essay: "Mezcal: A New Artificial Paradise" –
Eminem – Rap artist
Fisher, Carrie (a.k.a. Princess Leia) – She got to a point where she even checked herself in to Betty Ford
because she claimed she was addicted to LSD (obviously psychologically.) I recall from interviews I've seen
with Carrie that there was more involved in her addiction than LSD, I think that Percodan might have been
the other drug she did a lot, I could be wrong though. I do remember it was a very addictive drug, I think it was
an opiate, and I'm sure she probably quite a bit of cocaine as well. Carrie is a good writer, "Post Cards
From The Edge" is really a good novel, better than the movie in my opinion.
Fonda, Peter – actor appeared with Dennis Hopper: "They were passing cocaine around at meetings and
I just didn't want it. When I was doing Fallen Angels, Peter Fonda was talking about LSD and said, 'Come
on, Nancy, you should try it, it's great - I just woke up on the shelf of the linen closet.' " – Nancy Sinatra
Foucault, Michel lords over the fields of history, literary theory, queer theory, medicine, philosophy and
sociology, and his ideas have permeated society in general. His best-known theses, that the concept of
"truth" is relative, that "madness" is a cultural creation and that "history" is mere storytelling, are now familiar
fare at enlightened dinner parties (and those contemptuous inverted commas are mandatory).
Friedland, Robert – billionaire mining entrepreneur not only is planning on developing a major copper and
gold project there through his company Ivanhoe Mines Ltd, but he helped bail out Mongolia from its $11.4
billion debt to Russia. Friedland, best known for the discovery by one of his companies of the massive
Voisey's Bay nickel deposit in Canada in the early 1990s, said he expects by the end of the year a full
feasibility study for the open-pit portion of the project, from which banks assess whether it is worth financing.
About to turn 54, the Woodstock-generation Friedland is a colorful character in an industry with its fair share
of mavericks, loners and eccentrics. As a teenager he was arrested on charges of selling LSD to an
undercover cop, and in the 1970s he embarked on a tree farm business in Oregon with Apple Computer
founder Steve Jobs.
Garcia, Jerry – musician (Grateful Dead), philosopher.
Gates, Bill – reported to have used it a few times in college (see Playboy interview herein)
Grateful Dead – their sound guy was manufacturing most of the stuff in San Fran in the 60's (Owsley also
Grey, Alan – who won an award for the album cover of the String Cheese Incident's "Untying the Not", said,
"I'd like to thank God and LSD and all the psychedelics for the beautiful visions of our infinite being.
Grey, Spaulding – actor, "Swimming to Cambodia." (Pol Pot, who believed in eliminating money was
slandered by devils. (See Pol Pot quotation and reference on my website.)
Groff, Stanislav – Psychedelic psychiatrist, Author of LSD Psychotherepy.
Hagman, Larry – actor JR Ewing "Dallas", Captain Nelson "I Dream of Jeanie" porn star Jenna Jameson
(see below) did a parody, "I Dream of Jenna" • Hagman revealed he'd rather die than have a liver transplant:
part of his liver was removed last year after bacteria attacked his organs. The 72-year-old said: "I was on my
back for a month. My muscles atrophied. I didn't have any strength. They said if I did need one (a liver), then
they would put me on the (transplant) list. I said, 'Don't bother. I'm 72-years-old and I don't want to deprive
somebody of a new liver just because I'm greedy.' "I feel fine now. I am not afraid of death. I took LSD 40
years ago and had ego death. That took the fear of death away."
Heffner, Hugh – Playboy (I'm just guessing.)
Hendrix, Jimi – musician, singer, legendary guitar player. Hendrix had everything – he had the vision, the
mentality and the will. What he didn’t have was the self-discipline. His problem was, he didn’t have the right
person, the right woman, to say: “Put this aside,” or “What do you see yourself doing 20 years from now?” [I
don’t think Hendrix liked women, his songs were mean.] He was in Berkeley and I saw him, and I could see
he needed something he wasn’t getting. Sometimes you need to step back from a circle of friends and
habits – as Coltrane and Miles did – into a period of just crystallising you existence. Otherwise, you become
a performing monkey: everyone gives you more cocaine and says you play like god, but one night you play a
genius and then the next night you suck. It’s like Coltrane or Wayne Shorter or Herbie Hancock. Few
musicians take the time to crystalise their existence. Hendrix took LSD, like I did, but he never realised what
I did: that this is what you do but it’s not what you are. – Carlos Santana
Hofmann, Albert – chemist, discovered LSD and became a proponent LSD. Shulgin asked Hofmann
what he thought of MDMA (Ecstasy). He replied, "Finally something I can do with my wife." Hofmann wanted
to market LSD in small doses as an antidepressant. Link to Hofmann website here.
Hopper, Dennis – actor appeared with Peter Fonda
Huxley, Aldous – author: "Brave New World", "Island", "Doors of Perception", Died day CIA Killed JFK. On
his deathbed he took 100 micrograms of LSD.
James, William – physician, philosopher (Peyote)
Jameson, Jenna – porn star, her brother said they liked to trip in the casinos of Las Vegas
Jolie, Angelina -- Actress, he's done Cocaine, E, LSD and heroin.
Jobs, Steve – co-creator of the Apple computer, the NeXt computer and former head of Apple Computers,
Inc.. Jobs was interviewed in "Time" Magazine (their "Year of the Computer" issue) about how (prior to
starting Apple) he had taken LSD and "heard a wheat field singing Bach to him" or a similar positive
reference. Said, "LSD was one of the three most significant events in my life." (What the Dormouse Said:
How the 60's Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry", John Markoff, 2005)
Kapor, Vince – the inventor of Lotus 123. Of course, he has turned into one of those "... but I didn't really
*like* taking drugs <whine> ..." maggots of late.
Kesey, Ken – author: "One Flew Over the Coo-Coo's Nest", "Once a Great Notion", sold blotter-paper art
Kid Rock – musician
Kilmister, Lemmy -- MOTORHEAD wildman credits LSD with making him a more caring person.
The ACE OF SPADES singer claims his experiences while under the influence of acid opened his eyes to
the importance of treating everybody with respect. The 58-year-old says, "It's the only drug that really does
that. It made me more aware and helped me realise what other people are about.
King, Steven – has alluded a number of times (in his non-fiction writing such as 'Danse Macabre') to having
taken LSD, though I'm not sure he actually comes right out and says it. I would think he might be willing to
make a public statement, given the opinion of the government he's expressed in novels like 'Firestarter' and
Kubrick, Stanley – filmmaker
Leary, Timothy – psychologist, father of Transactional Analysis, software author: "Mindwheel". (See more of
Leary's quotations herein). Nixon considered Leary the "most dangerous man in America." See more on
Nixon's involvement in the coup d'etat in Dallas: CIA Killed JFK. Actress Uma Thurman's mother, Nena was
once married to Leary. They divorced after only one year. Nena then married a devoted Buddhist named
Leich, Donovan – musician
Lennon, John – (Beatle), revolutionary, likened unto Christ: "Instant Karma" "Imagine there's no country,
nothing to kill and die for." Lennon was murdered by a hypnorogrammed assassin, see, Who Killed John
Lennon?, Fenton Bresler, 1989. (Sirhan Sirahn, the alleged assassin of Robert F. Kennedy was also
hypnoprogrammed, see evidence here.)
Lilly, Dr. John Cunningham – physician, scientist (electronics, dolphin communication, sensory
deprivation), philosopher, author: "Mind of the Dolphin", "Center of the Cyclone, "Programming and
Metaprogramming in the Human Bio-Computer." The movie "Altered States" was based on Dr. Lilly's
Love, Courtny -- musician. "Because I was given acid at four, I think my mind was freed. My father was this
shyster who would get money from the government to make LSD, and bad LSD." Love claims her father may
be responsible for an especially toxic batch of acid that made its way to California's Altamont Music Festival
in 1969, believed to be behind the deaths of four revellers. She explains, "Allegedly the brown acid at
Altamont was his. He can't go to Marin County (near San Francisco), because (he has) a hit out on him."
Manson, Marilyn – musician
Mitchell, Wier – physician, author: "Injuries of the Nerves and their Consequences" – (Peyote)
Moore, Marcia – Sheraton Hotel heiress, author: "Hypersentience", "Journeys into the Bright World"
Morrison, Jim – lead singer for The Doors realized the absurdity of MONEY and wearing clothes. See more
about Morrison here.
Mothers of Invention – musicians
Mullis, Dr. Kary – Nobel Prize winning DNA expert, and surfer. Mullis received a 1993 Nobel Prize for
single-handedly inventing the PCR reaction, one of the most important advances in molecular biology ever
made. When asked by a reporter what his hobbies were, he replied that they were surfing, chasing young
women, and using hallucinogenic drugs. (Hopefully not all at the same time.) He said this prior to receiving
his prize, and was told by a friend on the nominating committee that he had been up for consideration but
would not receive the prize until he cooled it with the LSD talk. He did cool it, and the next year got the prize. I
got this from an excerpt from his book "Dancing Through the Mind Field", which was on the Internet a couple
of years ago.
Nicholson, Jack – actor
Nin, Anais – writer, liberated woman
Nolte, Nick -- Actor: In the early Sixties, when Leary and Alpert were sending LSD around, a professor of
photography that I was working with had received a letter from them with instructions on how to take it. You
had to let go and realise they were all hallucinations. That way you're fine. So we would go out to the
desert, take the LSD and lay down in sleeping bags for eight hours. Ken Kesey said you could walk
around on it, but taking acid and going to a concert became a nightmare. (LSD & MDMA are the best
drugs to take at a concert where there's plenty of room to dance. -- Raquel)
Osmond, Humphry – Psychiatrist, coined word, "psychedelic", gave Huxley mescaline, experimented with
LSD to cure alcoholism, see below
Santana, Carlos – musician, see Hendrix, above.
Shulgin, Alexander – PsychoPharmacologist/Chemist, author of PIHKAL: A Chemical Love Story and
TIHKAL: The Continuation. The titles are acronyms: "Phenethylamines/Tryptamines I Have Known &
Loved". These volumes chronicle the author's psychedelic experiments and includes recipies for future
pioneers. Shulgin received a plaque from the Department of Justice for his "significant personal efforts to
help eliminate drug abuse." His wife, Ann says that he never planned to make money from his inventions.
He didn't mind helping the government put amphetamine or cocaine dealers in jail. Those drugs were "false
in some way," he says. "The sense of power they give is not real." They were only marginally better than
marijuana — in his opinion "a complete waste of time." [Yes, I prefer LSD to pot but . . .] On a neurochemical
level psychedelics release the same mood modifiers — such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine —
as many antidepressants. Shulgin is no longer calling his compounds psychedelics. His latest molecules
are better described as antidepressants, he says. See 10-page article about Shulgin in Playboy, March
Sklar-Weinstein, Arlene – artist
Smith, Adam – you know, the guy who hosts the TV show "Adam Smith's money world" on public television.
In one of his earlier books, "Powers of Mind," he mentions his experiences with LSD in the context of
controlled, scientific experimentation and a bunch of other cool stuff, like the time he spent in the Arica
program, going to Esalen, and time he met Carlos Castenada.
Smith, Huston – pioneering religious scholar
Stone, Oliver – (director of "Platoon", "JFK", and much more) said on "Later with Bob Costas" he took a lot
of acid after returning from Vietnam. See "CIA Killed JFK" on my website.
Stravinsky – Composer (LSD ??)
Ram Daas – psychologist, author, guru
Rather, Dan – (source: Ladies Home Journal. July 1980.) Rather acts like a zombi now.
The Rolling Stones – (rock-and-roll) Listen to Their Satanic Majesties’ Request
Warhol, Andy – artist (I liked "Factory" workers, Candy Darling & Mora Moynihan)
Watts, Allen – Zen philosopher, master’s degree in religion, doctorate in divinity, author: "The Joyous
Cosmology", "Zen Sticks, Zen Bones", "The Taboo against Knowing Who You Are", "The Wisdom of
Wiel, Andrew – physician, psychopharmacologist, anthropologist, fire-walker, alternative health expert,
author: "The Natural Mind", "Spontaneous Healing", "8 Weeks to Optimum Health" marijuana, peyote, yage
(S. American hallucinogen) Lives is Tucson AZ too. He writes that LSD is pharmocologicly safe but not for
unstable minds, i.e., you won't die from an overdose unless you do something stupid.
hmmm- a couple (at least) inaccuracies in the list - and it would seem many are assumptions without any facts to back them up.
Hugh Heffner was allegedly terrified of LSD- look for the story of the Grateful Dead playing on his show "Playboy After Dark" . There is a great story of (I think Phil And Billy) trying to dose him all night, and one allegedly suceeding, despite Hugh taking great pains to avoid such an event)
Also- Ken Kesey never really sold "blotter paper art" (his son Zane now sells blotter art) . Ken did sign blotter art back in the mid/late 90's for Tom Lyttle, much of what was donated to MAPS. (turtle has a few of these gems)
Without folks having admitted to LSD lists like these are useless IMHO... speculation posing as fact.
hmmm- a couple (at least) inaccuracies in the list - and it would seem many are assumptions without any facts to back them up.
Hugh Heffner was allegedly terrified of LSD- look for the story of the Grateful Dead playing on his show "Playboy After Dark" . There is a great story of (I think Phil And Billy) trying to dose him all night, and one allegedly suceeding, despite Hugh taking great pains to avoid such an event)
Also- Ken Kesey never really sold "blotter paper art" (his son Zane now sells blotter art) . Ken did sign blotter art back in the mid/late 90's for Tom Lyttle, much of what was donated to MAPS. (turtle has a few of these gems)
Without folks having admitted to LSD lists like these are useless IMHO... speculation posing as fact.
its not factual or meant to be factual the creator of this list says that it was made up of word of mouth as well as internet research he was looking for debate or argument on the subject i would post the link but apparently i am not allowed to.
Kubrick had told Rolling Stone, “I have to say that it was never meant to represent an acid trip. On the other hand a connection does exist. An acid trip is probably similar to the kind of mind-boggling experience that might occur at the moment of encountering extraterrestrial intelligence. I’ve been put off experimenting with LSD because I don’t like what seems to happen to people who try it.”
this is him talking about 2001 so my guess is no he did not.but noone really knows but him. the list is from 666ismoney
Anderson, Jon – lead singer of Yes, said he took LSD because Paul McCartney had but McCartney did
not like LSD, whereas Harrison & Lennon did (this schism caused disharmony among The Beatles).
Any factual evidence that this created the great divide within the Beatles? There was a disharmony between Lennon and McCartney, but Harrison was completely uninvolved in that. Consult the interviews from the Concert for George DVD about Harrison allegiance to neither but loving friendship with both.
I read this wikipedia article about psychedelic experience and there was an external link to this database of publicly expressed thoughts and ideas of influential people about the effects of psychedelic drugs. Check it out if it's still there.
Custoo added 56 Minutes and 7 Seconds later...
I'm sorry if some one of these are already mentioned here. I also have sources for all of these but since those are mostly links then I can't post them here. Enjoy
[h2] Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem [/h2]
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis 'Lew' Alcindor) is an American retired basketball player, coach, actor and author. During his 20-year professional career in the NBA, from 1969 to 1989, he scored the highest points total of any player in league history (38,387), in addition to winning a record six Most Valuable Player Awards and six NBA championships.
*"In Spring 1966, after enrolling at UCLA, Alcindor tried LSD with friends. "It was a gorgeous clear blue day that had shimmered even before we started, now it was simultaneously dead still and shaking like mad," Kareem writes. "There were jet-stream trails behind everything that moved... We talked about race, the difference between black and white, cosmic realities, cosmic myths. We were nineteen and I loved it." After four or five trips, Kareem decided what he learned from acid was that he didn't need to take it. He "didn't do much" after freshman year and stopped entirely by his junior year. The "information overload" of it can be frightening, he warned, and the effects last for a long four hours or more. "I found that I'd learn enough just by living in a normal state of consciousness and concentrating, applying my intellilgence to what I wanted to know."
[h2] Abraham, Ralph [/h2]
Ralph Abraham is an American mathematician. He has been a member of the mathematics department at the University of California, Santa Cruz since 1968.
*"It all began in 1967 when I was a professor of mathematics at Princeton, and one of my students turned me on to LSD. That led to my moving to California a year later, and meeting at UC Santa Cruz a chemistry graduate student who was doing his Ph.D. thesis on the synthesis of DMT. He and I smoked up a large bottle of DMT in 1969, and that resulted in a kind of secret resolve, which swerved my career toward a search for the connections between mathematics and the experience of the logos, or what Terence calls "the transcendent other."
*"A woman who writes a computer column for the San Francisco Examiner had received in her mail box a copy of the GentlemanÕs Quarterly article, in which Timothy Leary was quoted as saying, "The Japanese go to Burma for teak, and they go to California for novelty and creativity. Everybody knows that California has this resource thanks to psychedelics." Then the article quoted me as the supplier for the scientific renaissance in the 1960s. This columnist didn't believe what was asserted by Timothy Leary and others in the GQ article, that the computer revolution and the computer graphic innovations of California had been built upon a psychedelic foundation. She set out to prove this story false."
*"She went to Siggraph, the largest gathering of computer graphic professionals in the world, where annually somewhere in the United States 30,000 who are vitally involved in the computer revolution gather. She thought she would set this heresy to rest by conducting a sample survey, beginning her interviews at the airport the minute she stepped off the plane. By the time she got back to her desk in San Francisco she'd talked to 180 important professionals of the computer graphic field, all of whom answered yes to the question, "Do you take psychedelics, and is this important in your work?"
[h2] Abrams, Isaac [/h2]
Isaac Abrams is a self-taught, American artist.
*"During the LSD session, he discovered that there was also a rich inward life – spiritual, pre- or extra logical, irrational or going beyond reason. At the same time, he first became aware of the world as possessing a balance, a harmony, above all a unity not evident to him before. Afterward, even on the city streets, his awareness was mainly of the sacred and the beautiful. These were the things he felt compelled to express and he turned to painting and drawing as the best means for this expression."
[h2] Allin, G.G. [/h2]
G.G. Allin was an American punk rock singer-songwriter.
*"We used to have a band called L.S.D.--Little Sisters Date--because we did lots of acid and fucked little girls. So fuck everybody else 'cause I've always been like this. "
[h2] Amos, Tori [/h2]
Tori Amos is an American pianist and singer-songwriter.
*"The drug which had a big effect on me was ayahuasca. It comes from a vine in the Amazon and you ingest it. You know that stuff they take in The Emerald Forest? It’s like that. I was hanging around with some medicine women and they suggested I try it. I was very lucid, but felt like I was walking around Fantasia, having a conversation with myself. It isn’t like acid. It’s more emotional, more mental. But it can grab you by the balls and just shove you up against the wall.
*I’ve been in a room with a woman who was literally trying to bite her own arm off. And this lasted for 15 hours. I wasn’t scared - just scared that I’d make a fool of myself. The funny thing was, I kept laughing and laughing, rather than sitting in the corner being intense. Then every so often, I’d say, I’m in a really rough patch. And one of the medicine women would come over and reassure me that everything was going to be alright. But it would keep on getting deeper. In the end, though, it was an educational experience. I learned a lot about myself. I haven’t taken it in a couple of years now. You can only really do it once in a blue moon. But the wild thing is that sometimes I only have to smell something and I’m right back there again, high as a kite. It just happens.
*I’m really into moderation. Too much of anything will harm you in the end. Too much sugar. Too much pasta. I’m into drugs as a teaching tool, which is why I only take hallucinogens. I mean, it’s not like I’ve never done cocaine, but, on the whole, if I can’t see dancing elephants then I’m not interested." Q - May 1995
*"I have used hallucinogens and I do sometimes still use them to journey to another space. I don’t use them to escape, but as a tool. And they have been helpful, but only because I have been working with people who have been in the Amazon and learned how to have visionquest. It’s the idea of going into your psyche and knowing it more deeply. It’s a complete wealth of information in there." On the Street - January 29, 1996
*"Um... the most influential journeys I have had have been with ayahuasca, the vine from the Amazon, the combination of that and mushrooms. It’s very much a medicine woman, medicine man’s journey drug, where you go inside. It’s not a social thing. It’s an internal experience. I experiment with things that are usually an internal experience, because that’s just what excites me. And yes, it does sometimes give me visions. But my intention when I am doing it is very different than recreational. I don’t do it recreationally. I do it to go do inner work, and I’m very clear before I do it what I’m searching for. That way, there’s no abuse suffered and I don’t rely on it. It’s just one more tool that I use sometimes." Michael Pearce interview 1994
[h2] Artaud, Antonin [/h2]
Antonin Artaud was a French playwright, poet, actor and theatre director.
*"I took Peyote in the mountains of Mexico and I had a dose of it that lasted two or three days with the Tarahumara, and at the time those three days seemed like the happiest days of my life. I had stopped tormenting myself, trying to find a reason for my life, and I had stopped having to carry my body around. I realized that I was inventing life, that that was my function and rason d’etre, and that I suffered when my imagination failed, and Peyote gave it to me.”" -- A note on Peyote 1936
[h2] Attell, Dave [/h2]
Dave Attell is an American stand-up comedian.
*"Once, after doing magic mushrooms, I told my boss that I couldn’t come to work because a giant pencil was staring at me." -- in his standup routine "Skanks For The Memories".
[h2] Bailey, Bill [/h2]
Bill Bailey is an English stand-up comedian, musician and actor.
*mentions taking acid in his standup show, Part Troll,
[h2] Barlow, John Perry [/h2]
John Perry Barlow is an American poet, essayist, retired Wyoming cattle rancher, Republican political activist and former lyricist for the Grateful Dead. He is also known to be a cyberlibertarian and was one of the founding members of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
*"In a sense, there is only one real trip, the first one. After that, one is merely confirming what has already been revealed to him. I've probably taken psychedelic substances of one kind or another more than a thousand times. But I was permanently rewired -- my sense of the universe was forever changed -- the first time I ingested LSD."
*"There have been improbable encounters at propitious moments, doors that strangely opened to me, little miracles. I think these are there for everyone, but psychedelics make it easier to see and accept aspects of reality that one can't rationally explain. Of course, one can reach this state of awareness without them. Consider the great quantum physicist Niels Bohr, who, when asked if he believed in superstition, responded, "I don’t have to believe in it. It works anyway.""
*"The essence of what I received that night was a recognition that reality, in its totality, is something much larger and more complex than will ever fit through the tiny keyhole of human perception. Human perception, even enhanced by all the tools of technological amplification we might invent, will never begin to encompass It. We will always be limited by the filters of consciousness. Consciousness, I now believe, is more about what we don't experience than what we do. Thus, reality, as most people experience it in the objective, scientifically reproducible, Western sense, is really an opinion based on what little we can perceive of the Thing Itself."
*"Engaged in the politics necessary to wire the world, I encounter many people in positions of influence and visibility -- politicians, corporate leaders, scientists, engineers, writers, academics – who are motivated by the same mystical drive that propels me. They are acidheads, but nearly all of them are afraid to admit it. Its as though the future were being created by a secret cult. And even though it's my secret cult, I'm not crazy about secrecy or cults, and I'm certainly not keen on having them design the rest of society. I think it's time to be brave and honest. I know that if everybody who'd ever taken a major psychedelic stood up and said, "Yeah, I did that and this is how it changed my life," the world would be a better place the next day." in the book Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures
*"One can make a non-ludicrous case that the most important event in the cultural history of America since the 1860s was the introduction of LSD. Before acid hit American culture, even the rebels believed, as Thoreau, Emerson and Whitman implicitly did, in something like God-given authority. Authority, all agreed, derived from a system wherein God or Dad (or, more often, both) was on top and you were on the bottom. And it was no joke. Whatever else one might think of authority, it was not funny. But after one had rewired one’s self with LSD, authority -- with its preening pomp, its affection for ridiculous rituals of office, its fulsome grandiloquence, and eventually, and sublimely, its tarantella around Mutually Assured Destruction -- became hilarious to us and there wasn’t much we could do about it. No matter how huge and fearsome the puppets, once one’s perceptions were wiped clean enough by the psychedelic solvent to behold their strings and the mechanical jerkiness of their behavior, it was hard to suppress the giggles. Though our hilarity has since been leavened with tragedy, loss, and a more appropriate sense of our own foolishness, we’re laughing still."
*"Aside from the coming kerfuffle over war crimes indictments and ongoing skirmishes along the Mason-Dixon Line, the War Between the Fifties and the Sixties may be finally drawing to an end. Indeed, as I write these words, the President of the United States, in addition to being black and self-admittedly smart and well-educated, strikes me as a fellow who probably dropped acid at some point. At the least, when asked if he “inhaled,” he replied, “I thought that was the point.” Now that the worst of it may be over, perhaps it may become possible for various members of Congress, federal judges, ranked military officers, prominent clergy, and captains of industry -- aside from the peculiarly honest Steve Jobs -- to do as most of these, had they been brave enough, ought to have done decades ago and say in public: There was a moment, years ago, when I took LSD. And, whatever the immediate consequences, it made me a different person than I would have been and different in ways I have been grateful for all this time. That would be a mighty moment. Those who still live are all now older and wiser than we were in those literally heady days, and we may finally be ready to tell such truths without setting off another round of conflict."
[h2] Basquiat, Jean-Michel [/h2]
Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist and the first African-American painter to become an international art star.
*"I was very flowery and LSD-influenced."
[h2] Bellamy, Matthew [/h2]
Matthew Bellamy is an English musician and composer, who is best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, pianist, and primary songwriter of the rock band Muse.
*"I'm not really in favour of drugs. Setting aside one day a year for hallucinogenics definitely opens up new doorways."
*"Bellamy will cop to having taken fistfuls of mushrooms over the years, not as a weekly routine, but as a bi-annual binge. The drill is this: make sure you have no stress clouds on the horizon, clear a few days from your diary - at least three of which should be free after the event - and be willing to surrender yourself to whatever may come your way.
*The last time Matt Bellamy did this was in Vondelpark in Amsterdam, where he spent three days locked within the gates, scoffing 'bags and bags and bags' of magic mushrooms. "I guess the point of doing this is to dig into your subconscious,' he says. 'To experience something that's not usually on offer. I'm not afraid of seeing something dark and seeing something horrible when i do this. In fact, i think the last time i did mushrooms i was actually looking for that to happen. But, I think it's a way of connecting with yourself in a way that you can't do in everyday situations."
[h2] Bishop, Larry [/h2]
Larry Bishop is an American actor, screenwriter and movie director.
*"I kept on thinking like, I did take some acid a long time ago in the 60's, they did say it would kick in unexpectedly at some point. Maybe this is the time because my brain kind of went into the area that I didn't—it was surreal! Normally you get into a situation where things can feel a little odd or a little funny, but my brain went Salvador Dalí the minute I started seeing it, and I'm like, it was the acid from 40 years ago that I took, because there's no other way… But the information was too much for me to assimilate in a normal fashion, so my brain just took it in and it just went with it. If you were to take drugs, which, in the late 60's, of course, that was the time everybody did it in my generation. What I always did was I took it with a girl that I trusted. A girl would always say, do you want to take something with the idea that she would take her clothes off eventually, so I figured how could I lose anyway."
[h2] Black, Lewis [/h2]
Lewis Black is an American stand-up comedian, author, playwright and actor.
*"Just in case it's not obvious to you people, I've done some LSD in my life. And I did it because I thought at the time that it allowed me to think every thought that was possible."
*"While also mentioning bad experiences with too much pot or LSD, Black says that he took mescaline for his GRE exams and scored higher than he had on his SATs."
[h2] Blackmore, Susan [/h2]
Susan Blackmore is an English freelance writer, lecturer, and broadcaster on psychology and the paranormal, perhaps best known for her book The Meme Machine.
*"I take illegal drugs for inspiration"
*"Psychedelic drugs don’t fit any of the common stereotypes – that dangerous equals addictive, or that therapeutic equals safe. The ultimate psychedelic, whose discoverer is fit and well at a hundred years old, is LSD. This extraordinary chemical, with its structural similarity to serotonin, is certainly dangerous, for it can induce terror and psychotic-like states. It is also therapeutic. Not only can it induce mystical experiences, but can treat neurosis and alleviate pain and fear in the terminally ill. We may be wasting a potential “wonder drug”."
[h2] Bourdain, Anthony [/h2]
Anthony Bourdain is an American author and chef.
*"We used to soak hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms in honey overnight and then mix them into hot tea before work," he recalled. "You've never seen such over-garnished plates in your life. I'd have to tell my sous-chef, 'You've been working on that plate for 22 minutes!'"
[h2] Brand, Stewart [/h2]
Stewart Brand is an American writer, best known as editor of the Whole Earth Catalog. He founded a number of organizations including The WELL, the Global Business Network, and the Long Now Foundation.
*"I was just a loafing artist in North Beach, and I went up on the roof, took a few mikes of LSD and watched the day go by, shivering in a blanket. I noticed that the buildings of downtown San Francisco were not parallel. They diverged slightly - it's a standard psychedelic illusion. But at the same time, I was thinking that given that the surface of the earth is curved, they do diverge slightly, especially on the fault line. And I can see that from my altitude of 200 micrograms and three storeys. But I would see it a great deal more if I were up higher. At a certain distance, the curved horizon closes and you get the image of the Earth as a whole. That's why I conjured up the badges, and I started selling them the following week. A bunch of them got to Nasa and various other places in Washington, and, some say, may have been influential in the photos we got back from Apollo 8."
[h2] Bronson, AA [/h2]
AA Bronson is an artist, magazine publisher and curator who co-founded the artists' group General Idea.
[h2] Buckley, Richard [/h2]
Lord Richard Buckley was an American recording artist, a monologist, and Hip poet/ comic.
*"LSD, first, trip. By Richard Lord Buckley, ordinary seaman, on the good ship lovely soul detonator under the command of Fleet Admiral Oscar Janiger, head detonator and head head....My whole body was jingling with alert signals. This is gonna be one mother of a takeoff, hang on! It felt like a soul pressure. I felt strong. I felt words shooting out of me like projectiles, acres of untapped sound were waiting to be put in the gun of expression!"
[h2] Burroughs, William [/h2]
William S. Burroughs was an American novelist, essayist, social critic, painter and spoken word performer. One of the central figures of the beat generation.
*"Yes. I've taken LSD, psilocybin, mescaline. My experiences with yage were" -- he thinks of the South American medicine-man drug mixture that caused him to puke violently, suffer seizures, and almost die -- "mixed, but on the whole, good."
[h2] Carlin, George [/h2]
George Carlin was an American stand-up comedian. He was also an actor and author, and he won five Grammy Awards for his comedy albums.
*I did LSD and peyote in the late Sixties, before I got into cocaine. That was concurrent with my change from a straight comic to the album and counterculture period, and those drugs served their purpose. They helped open me up. You know, if a drug has anything going for it at all, it should be self-limiting. It should tell you when you've had enough. Acid and peyote were that way for me. Cocaine was different. It kept saying, "You haven't had enough." I became an abuser almost instantly.
*I had the hardest years of my life during the 3 or 4 years when I was doing straight mainstream bullshit television shows cause I thought I wanted to be like a Danny Kay (?) and my dream from a kid was like that - I wanted to be in the movies and go like this (waving hands) for people, and I didn't know my head was different, I didn't understand that, I thought if I thought about it at 9 years of age it must still be valid when I'm 21. But it wasn't and that finally clicked in from the acid, thank god for acid!
*I tell you this: That's why they put it on that list of bad drugs - cause they know it opens up the mind. It can be dangerous, I ain't saying it's not dangerous, if you take took much, take the wrong kind... I don't need it anymore because it's a self-limiting drug, it's the kind of drug that you take it a few times and it tells you "That's enough, we're cool, now we're happening", and that's what happened to me.
*I was 30, and I resonated much more truly with the 20-year-olds. I was more in line with them than I was with these people I was entertaining in nightclubs. I began to notice that. I began to be affected by it, and along the way, the judicious use of some mescaline and some LSD managed to accelerate the process. It gave me more of an insight into how false the world was I was settling for, and to see that there was something much richer and better and more authentic. And those changes happened, they just—they happened naturally and organically. It took about 2 years for the total changeover to occur. My beard got a little longer, the hair got a little longer, the clothing changed, and then I suddenly found myself being as—the best combination of both, this person I really was who was kind of out of step, antiauthoritarian, who also had these skills and talents that he was honing to express himself. And so I started expressing those feelings.
*Well, It was just passive, I don’t know. See, I had always been a marijuana smoker, a pretty heavy user of marijuana, all these years I’m talking about when I was in this other world of mainstream television, nightclubs. So marijuana is a hallucinogen and it is also a value-changing drug, as are acid and mescaline. They are hallucinogens and they are value-changing drugs. They alter, assist in shifting one’s perspective on the world which usually is informed by your values. And so I had already, my body, my mind, and myself—I already had a kind of a thick layer of this out-of-stepness.
*And so I was already across that street. And I just hadn’t, you know, bought a house on that side yet. So, the LSD was a much stronger experience, and the mescaline, and I don’t know what they did or how they did it, I just know that going through that gave me the confidence in these changes I was feeling, in this direction, this metamorphosis, I was in the middle of. I gained confidence in it and I took strength from it, feeling that I was right that I was really on the right path, that I was being true to myself. And that was what counted to me, to be true to myself—my mother had always said that. To thine—Shakespeare—“To thine own self be true.” She loved quoting the classics, and she quoted Emerson or Shakespeare or whoever it was she thought was appropriate for her lesson. And to thine own self be true. And I just—I just had to be who I felt like I was, not who I had led them to believe I was.
[h2] Calvert, Robert [/h2]
Robert Calvert was a writer, poet, and performer. He was best known as the lead singer, poet and frontman of Hawkwind.
*"I think that LSD was a major influence on our generation in art and music. A lot of people, especially the New Wave enthusiasts have dismissed the whole psychedelic era as if it were totally insignificant which they are very wrong about. There was far more creativity than there is now. Punk music although it is very energetic and I find it a lot more refreshing to hear than what older bands are doing, doesn't have as much actual creativity as we had when we were that age and we were a new wave. I'm sure that very soon there's going to be a look back at that time and on our new album we've got a song about the period which is not making excuses for it, but holding it up as something we are actually proud to have been involved in, which is not a very fashionable view to take now. It was the most important era in rock and in another year or two, you're going to have nothing but people looking back on that time.
*Rock and roll had started out as just an energy dance music, then it was influenced by the blues and then it started being influenced by a whole lot of things like poetry, eastern music, LSD, mystical experiences and S.F. suddenly coming into it and opening it up as an art form, which it maintained for quite a long period with bands like the Pink Floyd and us, who were really spearheading the movement and it splintered out in different ways. The Floyd became comfortable, bourgeois and settled and just professional studio musicians and then punks came along to smash apart that sort of complacency, but they are not doing anything creative. The psychedelic era will be revived, we've not dismissed it, we've not said right it's fucking over now we'll play funky music because that's the thing to do."
[h2] Carolla, Adam [/h2]
Adam Carolla is an American radio and television host, comedian, and actor.
*mentions taking LSD and mushrooms
[h2] Carradine, David [/h2]
David Carradine was a popular American character actor of stage, director, martial artist, spokesman and singer.
*discusses his uses of LSD in his autobiography Endless Highway along with descriptions of his use of peyote and psychedelic mushrooms, as well as discussing his use of non-hallucinogenic drugs such as cannabis and cocaine.
[h2] Carroll, Linda [/h2]
Linda Carroll is an American author.
[h2] Carter, Jack [/h2]
Jack Carter is an American businessman and politician. He is the eldest child of former President Jimmy Carter.
*"And anyway, when I got to Idaho Falls, one of the things that the Navy did in the interest of maintaining the moral purity of its people was, they had a drug bust. And nobody actually caught me, some people had said that I had actually smoked marijuana with them. And when they came to ask me if that were true, I said that it was. Because it was. And also, threw in that I had had a couple of LSD tablets and some THC, just to make sure that if I was going to get – if I was on the borderline, to make sure I got out. And by the time they got all that processed, it was good enough. So they were busting me out of the Navy in a fairly mellow manner, about the time Dad was getting elected Governor of the state of Georgia [laughing]. But everybody just assumed at once that I got out because Dad was in there, and it never got to be a question"
[h2] Clark, Walter Houston [/h2]
Walter Houston Clark was a professor of psychology of religion at Andover Newton Theological School in Massachussetts. He explored the relationship between mystical experience and religion, including the use of psychedelics.
[h2] Clinton, George [/h2]
George Clinton is an American singer, songwriter and music producer.
*"I guess when we took acid we really did get loony and didn’t know it, ’cause we was goofing for the most part. Even with the “Free your mind and your ass will follow,” dah-dah-dah. And then we realized that people was really into it.
*I didn’t never want to be pretentious about shit, so I would always make sure I was being funny. ’Cause I wasn’t no guru, ’cause I’m still trying to get some pussy. I don’t want nobody taking me seriously like I ain’t. If you catch me smoking a joint, don’t fuck with me. A little acid or whatever, you know what I’m saying… I mean, I’m surprised by a lot of the songs myself. I look back, “Damn, I wish I was like that.” ’Cause they come through you, they’re not necessarily you.
*I don’t remember the first time. I remember Fuzzy’s first time, ’cause he’s a serious-acting person for the most part, but he was goofy as fuck. Billy and all of them –
*In Boston, everybody hooked you up – the teachers. We went around to schools, Harvard, MIT. Everywhere you went, teachers, everybody had it. Couple of times, we was test students, and we wasn’t even in schools. (laughs) Was out of school for years and we went around there volunteering for these tests – They’d watch you for two or three hours. Boston definitely was the first time. Then Toronto. Detroit. Then I stayed loony for three years.
*I never thought it did anything for me musically. But a long time after I quit, I realized that it did make my tempo unlike most tempos out of Newark. The kids made you embarrassed to want to fight your wife, or be jealous, ’cause they were so “peace and love.” For that moment, everybody really meant it.
*But they had to go back to work sooner or later. So soon as ’70 came, it was over. And Jimi, Janis and all them died – it was over."
[h2] Clooney, George [/h2]
George Clooney is an American actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter.
*"I loved acid when I was at college. It was an escape. I liked mushrooms. They were like easy acid."
[h2] Cobain, Kurt [/h2]
Kurt Cobain was an American songwriter and musician, best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Nirvana.
*Blecken: "I've heard that you're also quite experienced with drugs. What was it like when you first tripped on LSD?" Cobain: "I think I laughed too much. The next morning I woke up with a stomach ache because I laughed so hard."
*""Out of all the times I've been on acid, I've never been able to hallucinate with such repetitive control. I'm hallucinating at will, over and over again in this English shoebox with pastel curtains and normal little Victorian lamps and drawers. It's all too normal and impossible to explain. I'm not very drunk. It's like controlled bedspins, and I'm the Exorcist. My throat is a swollen tumour, Blood sausage, colon. I puke air after coughing. It was morning by the time I fell asleep after talking to you. 200 lbs. I thought of a great idea for our video. Oh forget it."
[h2] Coburn, James [/h2]
James Coburn was an American film and television actor who appeared in nearly 70 films and made over 100 television appearances in his 45-year career.
*"James Coburn took 200 micrograms of internal LSD on December 10, 1959 - his first trip. In his paperwork, he gave his reason for volunteering: "to gauge present consciousness (where I am to where I can possibly go)." Now 69 and still acting, Coburn looks back fondly on his session with Oscar Janiger. "It was phenomenal," he says. "I loved it. LSD really woke me up to seeing the world with a depth of objectivity. Even though it was a subjective experience, it opened your mind to seeing things in new ways, in a new depth." Coburn also credits his LSD session with helping him occupationally. "One of the great things about LSD is that it does stimulate your imagination. And it frees you from fears of certain kinds."
[h2] Cohen, Leonard [/h2]
Leonard Cohen is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist.
*He prays a lot, smokes pot and takes LSD (30 "trips" so far) -- and for him the praying and the taking of hallucinogens and the fasting are all part of the same thing, which is spiritual experience. "I don't get high with LSD. I see people hallucinating all around me, but I don't get high. I don't mean to say that I got there first, but I just know that vision. You know, I find it very familiar. It's one that I'm in most of the time."
*"Taking LSD for me was not the most significant spiritual experience. I don't want to put it down -- it has done beautiful things for a lot of people. But for me it was just revisiting somewhere that I am anyway. I don't think there's any danger in LSD. I would take LSD as long as it wasn't under medical supervision. I just don't think there are any doctors around who could provide you with a guide. They aren't spiritually advanced enough. It would be like...like giving somebody a diamond and then giving him a guard to prevent him from picking his teeth with it. Pot doesn't do anything for me. Want some?"
[h2] Coltrane, John [/h2]
John Coltrane was an American jazz saxophonist and composer.
*The pervasive influence of ingesting acid may have produced the eerie, mystical vibrations that emanated from their recording of Om, which included, in addition to some of the freest and strangest music Coltrane ever recorded, the chanting of selected verses from the Bhagavad-Gita. And when Trane returned from his LSD trip, he said, as if quoting a Sufi sage, "I perceived the interrelationship of all life forms." -- Chasin' the Trane: The music and mystique of John Coltrane by J. C. Thomas
*For Coltrane and his quest, LSD was a remarkable tool to dig deeper into his own being so he could discover the essential and absolute truth at the center of his being.
[h2] Cope, Julian [/h2]
Julian Cope is a British rock musician, author, antiquary, musicologist, and poet who came to prominence in 1978 as the singer and songwriter in Liverpool post-punk band The Teardrop Explodes.
*"The former frontman of Top Of The Pops favorites The Teardrop Explodes, Julian Cope was a pin up until he discovered LSD to the detriment of his career - but benefiting his overall spiritual well being." --
[h2] Copeland, Gary [/h2]
Gary Copeland is libertarian governor candidate.
*"I was using LSD to be spiritually enlightened," he says. "I was one of those peyote people who for thousands of years had been using hallucinogens to connect to the spiritual world. Who were the cops to tell me I couldn't?"
[h2] Corman, Roger [/h2]
Roger Corman is an American producer and director of low-budget movies.
[h2] Coyne, Wayne [/h2]
Wayne Coyne is the lead singer, guitarist, and principal songwriter for the band The Flaming Lips.
*"I think there's other drugs that are left up to the individual. If you're young and you're seeking some intense experiences, there are things like LSD and ecstasy and peyote and marijuana that let you have a subjective, personal, intense moment, and they let you get a little bit braver or have a different mindset. If you don't want to [do] them, you shouldn't do them, but there's elements of experimenting with yourself that I think are wonderful."
[h2] Crumb, Robert [/h2]
Robert Crumb is an American artist and illustrator recognized for the distinctive style of his drawings and his critical, satirical, subversive view of the American mainstream.
*In the movie Crumb, he cites his use of LSD as being the catalyst for transforming his work into something more than the sum of his influences. This was when his career really took off, with Zap #1, accompanied by a strange stylistic change, which Crumb attributes to the drug.
[h2] Darby Crash [/h2]
Darby Crash (born Jan Paul Beahm) was an American punk musician who, along with long time friend Pat Smear (born Georg Ruthenberg), co-founded The Germs.
*"he was a natural messiah type, whose heroic consumption of LSD helped make him the most psychedelic prankster I have ever known.'"
[h2] Dass, Ram [/h2]
Richard Alpert, also known as Baba Ram Dass, is a contemporary spiritual teacher who wrote the 1971 bestseller Remember Be Here Now. He is well known for his personal and professional association with Timothy Leary at Harvard University in the early 1960s. He is also known for his travels to India and his relationship with the Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba.
*"My friends from Silicon Valley all used acid, and they took what they learned from psychedelics into technology. The creation of personal computers and the Internet was inspired in part by psychedelics." -- in the book Higher Wisdom: Eminent Elders Explore the Continuing Impact of Psychedelics by Roger Walsh and Charles S. Grob
[h2] Davis, Adelle [/h2]
Daisie Adelle Davis was an American pioneer in the field of nutrition during the mid-20th century. She advocated whole unprocessed foods, criticized food additives, and claimed that dietary supplements and other nutrients play a dominant role maintaining health, preventing disease, and restoring health after the onset of disease.
*Adelle Davis took LSD five times in 1959 and 1960 in a quest for spiritual enlightenment, or, as she playfully put it, to get "chemical Christianity" and wrote about her experiences in Exploring Inner Space (1961) under a pseudonym Jane Dunlap.
*With a great surge of joy, Davis grasps that all these positive emotions that exist in human beings are actually manifestations of God, and that her visions therefore represent "the very evolution of the soul." She comprehends that God, "Whom I had so long sought and, with the aid of LSD, had so quickly found, was the whole of this paradise which lay deep within each person."
*In the fourth session, nineteen days later (February 8, 1960), on 150 micrograms of LSD, Davis finds herself transformed into a giant, luminous cobra that becomes at once her persona and her instructor. She starts in ancient India, observing the young Buddha in his father’s royal garden, then travels through time and the world to see Jesus at the age of ten and Muhammad as a boy in Mecca. As she watches their various destinies unfold, she concludes that "the teachings of these three great religious leaders were amazingly similar" and that each embraced the same God. Suddenly, the cobra orders Davis to confront buried feelings of fear that she’d rather avoid. It castigates her cowardice for failing to accept God’s love and for seeking fulfillment instead in human love, material comforts, and her career. Each of these errors in turn is manifest symbolically as stoniness, coldness, and darkness.
- Gnosis magazine no. 26. 1993 & Grob, Charles S. (Editor)(2002). Hallucinogens: A Reader. Two Classic Trips: Jean-Paul Sartre and Adelle Davis by Thomas Riedlinger.
[h2] DJ Spooky [/h2]
DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid, is a Washington DC-born electronic and experimental hip hop musician whose work is often called "illbient" or "trip hop". He is a turntablist, a producer, an author and a postmodern intellectual.
*"Drugs are definitely looking at the idea of man/machine interface and conditioning the meat to be able to deal with the machines. At the end of the day, it's all on the screen. Drugs are like a graphical user interface. I can almost tell what substances people are on depending on what mix they're doing. There's the herb mix, there's the acid mix, there's the Ecstasy-style mix. Each of them gives a certain kind of interface quality. They summon up different kinds of psychological projections when you hear them. Depending on what kind of substances you've done yourself, the sounds might evoke those same memories. Or they might even be able to give a foreground/background kind of thing, where you're looking at the psychology of the listener being bounced back off the environment that the creator has made. You can think of it as a subtle psychology of industrial culture -- what I like to call the archaeology of the subconscious. Somehow the technology has conditioned the very way we communicate. It's like a different kind of language. A lot of times people use dead words, so to speak, and that's when a mix doesn't work. What you do as a DJ is to breathe new life into it and see what happens, and that's what sampling's about. It's speaking with the voices of the dead, playing with that sense of presence and absence. If the mix doesn't evoke something, it doesn't work."
*"I feel like psychedelic culture flows through white America and black American culture along different vectors. I'm a product of Washington D.C., and African-American culture in D.C. is highly segregated. When I did my first series of psychedelic interventions, I was a teenager, college age. Some of my weirder experiences were staying up all night and just walking around Washington, D.C., and seeing all the weird monuments. Class and social hierarchy issues are just etched like a rubber stamp on the whole zone. Seeing African-American kids playing plastic buckets in front of the White House, weird shit like that, that's what D.C. is about. There's more Haitians and vodoun kind of scenes in D.C. than in the South."
*"In the '60s, with psychedelic culture, you saw this first burst of trying to break out of that. The drugs shattered people. They took acid and said, Holy shit! Psychedelic culture disrupted all the regimentation and let all this new energy out. Now you have multiculturalism, you have respect for diversity of sexual orientation, of women's rights, all these things. After the '60s, mainstream America viewed that as a problem or a mistake, whereas it's just about being human instead of being some weird, programmed android. When you look at Ginsberg and all those 1960s and 1950s guys, they were like neo-Romantics. But in literary or musical circles these days, there's just a deep confusion about how to break out of the system and really be outside of it. The Matrix - that's one of my favorite parables around. It's the whole Plato's cave thing, where you see the shadow of the projection of reality and you take that as the basic rhythm of what's going on."
*"With drugs, there is no one answer. It's all dualities, paradoxes, twisted involutions. In a way, it's healthy, but as human beings we also seek standardization. It's like a hive thing. We're more insects than the insects perhaps. I remember reading the other day that they found a huge ant colony that stretched for like 3000 miles. You could say the same thing of the East Coast megalopolis - stretching from Boston down to Atlanta... We're the same thing. I don't think the drugs clarify anything. I think they just diffuse the interface a little bit and allow you to see the cracks in the system. But unless you can walk through those cracks, or think out of the cracks, you don't know if it's just another illusion."
*"I've kind of distanced myself from the psychology of psychedelic culture. I DJ'd at Burning Man last year and took some DMT. I felt much more disassociated than before. At the end of the day, that's what it's all about: the logic of things, you do A thus B happens or C happens. But psychedelic culture breaks those associative chains, and makes you feel like everything's without cause and just floating. When I did that heavy psychedelic at Burning Man, I actually felt like my brain had gone past the point of no return. I mean, everything's already fragmented, but it feels like if I touch this stuff ever again, my brain will just fly to pieces. In general, I haven't done anything over the last year or so - I've had some coffee, some wine. The more I've actually pulled back from stuff, the more it feels like the entire planet is psychedelic -- like the geometry of a city seen from above, or seeing ocean waves just near the Mediterranean. Monaco looked like a Walt Disney recreation, but then you realize that Disney is just recreating that weird palace vibe. We live in a culture of relentless quotation. You see something, you absorb it, and it pops up unconsciously in your next thing. After the last time I did DMT at Burning Man, I felt like my brain became Time Square, a kind of boring, rushing collage of conflicting images and ideas, each one demanding its own time and space in my brain."
*"I think a lot of this stuff is psychologically corrosive. To get any work done, you can't think like that, because you're just outside of any notion of normal language and being able to communicate and deal with things. It takes a lot of psychological integrity to be able to balance between psychedelic culture and being able to maintain and build a normal world and still have that sense of overview. When you talk to some executive guy, they've got just a one-track mentality, because that's what allows them to do their thing. Anybody who wants to do something has to compress. Once you've done X amount of some substance it actually remodels your perceptions, the architecture of how you experience stuff. You do the drugs and then the drugs do you. When you look at a computer screen, synaesthesia is just there on the surface, like when you touch it and you see little waves bubble away. There are special effects at every level and from every angle. As an artist, I'm at a paradox, because part of me has that urge to trip. But there's always the sense that once you go past that point of no return, you're in a universe of one, because you're your own language structure, your own mentality. At the peak of any trip you sometimes feel this inability to have any sense of real language. That's what Burning Man felt like: that sense of linguistic loss, of not being able to enunciate normal words or the flows of how you would normally put sentences together. It's post-linguistic or something." --
[h2] Doblin, Rick [/h2]
Rick Doblin is psychologist and the president and founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).
*"In 1972, at age 18, I took LSD, which I previously had been led to believe would cause permanent and profound brain damage. Instead, I realized that LSD was an incredibly powerful (and therefore also risky) tool for personal growth, the scientific study of mind, as an adjunct to psychotherapy, for spiritual exploration, etc. I also realized that psychedelics, when used respectfully, could help people to have "mystical" experiences of unity that had positive political implications in terms of a greater sense of connectedness with, appreciation for and tolerance of "the other", minorities, our repressed shadow selves, and the environment."
*"Looking around, I saw psychedelics being criminalized and psychedelic research being shut down, replaying Galileo and the Catholic Church. I figured that working toward fundamental social evolution through the renewal of psychedelic research and the creation of legal contexts for their responsible use was my greatest point of social leverage, which required major efforts toward drug policy reform. Since I was also a draft resister expecting to go to jail and never be able to be a licensed professional, the idea of a career as an underground psychedelic therapist/drug policy reformer seemed ideal.
[h2] Doren, Mamie van [/h2]
Mamie van Doren is an American actress.
*"You could get LSD over the counter then. Also amyl nitrate, you could get that as well if you said you had a heart murmur or something. I had a carpenter who was always doing LSD. I asked him about it because I thought it sounded like Lucky Strikes. Cary Grant said his doctor was giving it to him for his problems. Everyone had a problem back then.
*"We hadn't been at the party long when Steve [McQueen] turned to me and said, 'Mamie, I've got some of the finest Sandoz sunshine acid here. Let's drop a tab or two.' I had heard about LSD from friends, and I was afraid of it. I am an Aquarian and I like to be in control of myself. When I told Steve, he laughed, 'No bad trips on this shit. This wasn't made in someone's garage; this stuff's pharmaceutical. It's the best. It makes sex a totally new experience.'
*"He put the pale yellow tablet in my hand, took one himself and washed it down with a beer. I swallowed the other. For a while I didn't feel anything. We just stood there, talking. Then I began to feel amorous, so we walked down the hall to a bedroom. There was a large bed and a full-length mirror in the corner." Though she didn't know it at the time, it was the room where Jean Harlow's husband of barely two months, Paul Bern, had committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
*"At first there was a persistent buzzing sound in my ears, not unpleasant, actually it was a strangely comforting sound. Then I saw a flash of red light, like a sky rocket going across the room. Then another. And another.
*I asked Steve what it was and he told me not to worry, to just let myself go. We undressed each other slowly and lay on the bed. Through the haze of the acid, I could hear music somewhere else in the house, there were guitars mimicking the beat of our bodies.
*"When we were done, Steve fell asleep next to me and I could see everything around me with amazing clarity; every object in the room was outlined like mountains against a sunrise.
*"I sat up and looked at the mirror and saw Paul Bern looking back at me. He appeared middle-aged and was naked except for a sequined mask over his eyes. As I watched him, he stepped out of the mirror, put a gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. His head exploded everywhere and this multicoloured confetti scattered all over Steve and me. I started screaming and I could see this body twitching at the foot of the bed while confetti was still coming out of its head. Steve was shouting at me to hold on, but I was hallucinating. Then Jean came out of the mirror, stepped over her husband's twitching body and smiled. She told me the blondes, brunettes and redheads in Hollywood were all the same - 'like horses running back into a burning barn'. 'We'll burn up, but we can't stop ourselves,' she said. 'You can come over now with me if you want.'
*"I screamed and took a vase from the table and threw it at the mirror and started screaming at Steve that he must be able to see the blood and the body at the foot of the bed. He got out of bed and kicked 'the body', which turned out to be a pile of clothes. Not long afterwards we stopped seeing each other."
[h2] Doughty, Mike [/h2]
Mike Doughty is an American indie and alternative rock singer-songwriter.
*"I think people need to do psychedelics. There's something about living that you will learn from taking a psychedelic drug. A friend of mine who's a doctor said, "That's fine, but when you get the message, you have to hang up the phone." Not just "Oh wow," stay on there for forever. I was one of those people."
[h2] Drake, Betsy [/h2]
Betsy Drake is an American actress and writer.
*"You learn to die under [LSD]. You face up to all the urges in you - love, sex, jealousy, the wish to kill. Freud is the road-map."
Custoo added 4 Minutes and 31 Seconds later...
[h2] Eichhorn, Dennis P. [/h2]
Dennis P. Eichhorn is an award-winning American writer best known for his adult-oriented autobiographical comic book series Real Stuff.
*"One day I took some LSD with my wife and we were sitting around the house. We were just starting to get off when the phone rang. It was my adopted mom and she says “I’ve wanted to tell you this for years. You were born in a women’s prison in Deer Lodge Montana and we adopted you.” She told me what my real name was. I told her thanks and we should talk about it sometime. My wife comes back into the room and I said, “That is good LSD. I just hallucinated that my mother called and said I was adopted.”"
[h2] Eisner, Bruce [/h2]
Bruce Jay Ehrlich is an American writer, psychologist, and counterculture spokesman best known for his book Ecstasy: The MDMA Story.
*"I experienced the psychedelics and jumped off the conveyor belt. Instead of predicable normality, my life became a phantasmagoria of experiences, sometimes ecstatic and at other times scary and chaotic I became a hitchhiking vagabond in search of wisdom." --
[h2] Ellis, Havelock [/h2]
Havelock Ellis was a British sexologist, physician, and social reformer.
[h2] Fellini, Federico [/h2]
Federico Fellini was an Italian film director.
*Talks about color, intellect, LSD and how they affected his art in 1966.
[h2] Fisher, Carrie [/h2]
Carrie Fisher is an American actress, screenwriter and novelist. She is most famous for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy and her bestselling novel Postcards from the Edge.
*"I went to a doctor and told him I felt normal on acid, that I was a light bulb in a world of moths. That is what the manic state is like."
[h2] Fonda, Peter [/h2]
Peter Fonda is an American actor and an icon of the counterculture of the 1960s.
"I really think that most of the people who tried LSD did it for the wrong reasons. Most of the drugs that were made were not really LSD -- they were some sort of type of LSD. I thought that was an abused drug in that it was never meant for a person to drop and then go walking down the street, watching things fall down on you. It was designed for you to look inside yourself. Quite a liberating experience if you can pull it off. And cocaine was not really happening. In terms of what do I think about drugs in the sixties, and why would I have such a casual attitude, it took us quite a long time to find out that we had been lied to by our parents' generation. The moralities that were followed during our parents' generation were basically arbitrary morals. This false morality caused a tremendous rift between the two generaations, which was brought on by the beatniks."
[h2] Foucault, Michel [/h2]
Michel Foucault was a French philosopher, sociologist and historian.
* Foucault began to spend more time in the United States, at the University at Buffalo (where he had lectured on his first ever visit to the United States in 1970) and especially at UC Berkeley. In 1975 he took LSD at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park, later calling it the best experience of his life. - David Macey (1995). The Lives of Michel Foucault: A Biography. Vintage. ISBN 0679757929.
[h2] Franken, Al [/h2]
Al Franken is an American politician, comedian, writer and liberal political commentator.
*Claims he wrote the Saturday Night Live sketch "The Final Days" with Tom Davis while on LSD.
[h2] Friedman, Robert [/h2]
Robert Friedman is a founder and chairman of Ivanhoe Mines.
*"The fact that I was an antiwar protester. That I hung around with people from the Grateful Dead. That I smoked marijuana and took LSD. When you look at the state of the union address, you see three people there: President Clinton, Vice-President Al Gore and, in the background, you see this fellow named Newt Gingrich, who's the Speaker of the House. And all three of them in the 1960s were admitted marijuana smokers, at a minimum."
[h2] Garcia, Jerry [/h2]
Jerry Garcia was an American musician best known for his work with the band the Grateful Dead.
*"Nobody stopped thinking about those psychedelic experiences. Once you’ve been to some of those places, you think, ‘How can I get back there again but make it a little easier on myself?" in the book Deep Stuff.
[h2] Gates, Bill [/h2]
Bill Gates is a computer industry billionaire. He is the head of Microsoft and the creator of Windows.
* "Playboy: Ever take LSD?<br />Gates: My errant youth ended a long time ago.<br />Playboy: What does that mean?<br />Gates: That means there were things I did under the age of 25 that I ended up not doing subsequently.<br />Playboy: One LSD story involved you staring at a table and thinking the corner was going to plunge into your eye.<br />Gates: [Smiles]<br />Playboy: Ah, a glimmer of recognition.<br />Gates: That was on the other side of that boundary. The young mind can deal with certain kinds of gooping around that I don't think at this age I could. I don't think you're as capable of handling lack of sleep or whatever challenges you throw at your body as you get older. However, I never missed a day of work."<br />
Interview in the December 1994 Playboy
[h2] Gilmore, John [/h2]
John Gilmore is one of the founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Cypherpunks mailing list, and Cygnus Solutions. He created the alt.* hierarchy in Usenet and is a major contributor to the GNU project.
*"What psychedelics taught me is that life is not rational. IBM was a very rational company," he said, explaining why the corporate behemoth was overtaken by upstarts such as Apple."
[h2] Gira, Michael [/h2]
Michael Gira is an American musician, author, and artist.
*"People seemed to drink a lot, and certainly there was a lot of Methadrine around - a really evil and corrosive drug - and though at first LSD was looked down upon as a vestige of the hated Hippies - I took a lot of it myself when I was a psychedelicized thirteen-year-old runaway street kid - towards the end of my time in LA, around 1979, I seem to remember that people were taking a lot of LSD, which was a weird sensation coupled with the music of that time. I suppose I should point out here that I don't recommend drugs to young people, but then again, you have-though it's outmoded to mention it- something called free will, so you can fend for yourself."
[h2] Giraud, Jean [/h2]
Jean Giraud is a French comics artist.
* Talks about experimenting with hallusinogenic mushrooms in Mexico in 1965 in biographical documentary Moebius Redux
[h2] Goodman, George Jerome Waldo [/h2]
is an American economist, author, and broadcast economics commentator, best known by his pseudonym Adam Smith (which intentionally evokes the 18th century Scottish economist of the same name). He also writes fiction under the name "George Goodman."
*"One of the things Goodman found was that he could see all "the basic molecules of the universe... all the component parts, little building blocks of DNA." He conscientiously drew a picture of what he thought was DNA, but it turned out to be a plastic monomer marketed by Dupont called Delrin. That didn't dampen Goodman's amazement, however, because up until taking the LSD he had had a banker's knowledge of molecules and chemical notation, which is to say he knew absolutely nothing about them. "
[h2] Gottlieb, Sidney [/h2]
Sidney Gottlieb was a American military psychiatrist and chemist probably best-known for his involvement with the Central Intelligence Agency's mind control program MKULTRA.
*"The first of these were the LSD experiments. Mr. Gottlieb was fascinated by the drug, and, a family friend said, he took it hundreds of times."
*"Gottlieb and his associates in MKULTRA also took LSD "trips," although the concept of tripping would not enter the American lexicon for another decade. They laced coffee with LSD and served it to each other without warning, then observed each other's reactions. Later Gottlieb expanded the field tests to subjects outside the agency -- drug addicts, prostitutes, prisoners, mental patients -- people who were unlikely to complain and even less likely to be believed if they did. Among the dosed were hookers and their clients in a CIA-sponsored brothel in San Francisco, later the epicenter of the LSD explosion."
[h2] Graña, Rolando [/h2]
Rolando Graña is an Argentine journalist.
*took ayahuasca in a TV show for Argentine television (2005)
[h2] Grant, Cary [/h2]
Cary Grant was a British-American actor.
*in the September, 1959 Look Magazine, relates how LSD treatment has brought him inner peace. He used LSD more than sixty times under therapeutic auspices.
[h2] Grey, Alan [/h2]
Alan Grey, artist.
*"I'd like to thank God and LSD and all the psychedelics for the beautiful visions of our infinite being."
[h2] Grey, Alex [/h2]
Alex Grey is an American artist specializing in spiritual and psychedelic art.
*Twenty-five years ago I took my first dose of LSD. The experience was so rich and profound, coupled as it was with the meeting of my future wife, Allyson, that there seemed nothing more important than this revelation of infinite love and unity. Being an artist, I felt that this was the only subject worthy of my time and attention. Spiritual and visionary consciousness assumed primary importance as the focal point of my life and art. My creative process was transformed by my experience with entheogens.
*Due to its visionary richness, I think the entheogenic experience has great importance for fueling an artistic and cultural renaissance. By giving artists a meaningful experience and access to deeper and higher aspects of their soul, they are given a subject worth making art about. A worthy subject is an artist's most important discovery -- it's the magnetic passion that burns in their work and attracts them to it, and also determines whether they will attempt to evoke what is deepest and highest in their viewers.
*Oscar Janiger's studies of LSD and creativity showed that many artists felt the work done while tripping or post-tripping was more inventive and inspired work than their previous work. Keith Haring, one of the most celebrated artists of the 1980s, credited LSD with stylistic breakthroughs that brought him to his own unique work. I feel the same way about my art. This doesn't mean I recommend sacramental drug use for everyone, but I do think it should be a legal option for all.
[h2] Grey, Allyson [/h2]
Allyson Grey, visionary artist.
*"In 1976 during an LSD trip with my husband, Alex, I experienced my body turning into infinite strands of light that were both a fountain and a drain. As I lay meditating next to Alex, I could see that he too had been revealed as a fountain and drain, individual and distinct but connected to my "energy unit". I realized that all beings and things were "blowing off" and "sucking in" pure energy in an infinite field of confluent effluences. The energy was love, the unifying force. This changed both of our artwork as we felt that we had witnessed to the most important thing: a revelation of the grid upon which the fabric of our material reality is draped."
[h2] Grohl, Dave [/h2]
Dave Grohl is an American rock musician, singer and songwriter. He has played in suchs bands as Nirvana and Foo Fighters.
*Grohl described the first time he did acid at 17. "I was scared, because I knew that’s a fuckin’ gnarly commitment, man,” Grohl told Proops. “It’s like, nine hours.” And as it turned out, coming down from that fateful trip was just as dangerous. “I saw this percolator from, like, the Dick Van Dyke show in the 50s,” said Grohl, “and all I could think was, ‘coffee!’ So I take it down, plug it in, don’t put anything in it, and then, poof! I was thrown to the ground, in altered states, out of my mind! I was out for, like, two days. Good blotter, dude."
[h2] Hagedorn, Jessica [/h2]
Jessica Hagedorn is a poet, storyteller, musician, playwright, and multimedia performance artist.
*"Thank god for acting and LSD. "
[h2] Hagman, Larry [/h2]
Larry Hagman is an American film and television actor, producer and director best known for playing J. R. Ewing in the 1980s primetime television soap opera Dallas.
*"LSD was such a profound experience in my life that it changed my pattern of life and my way of thinking and I could not exclude it. It's never bothered me. I've always talked about it, though I haven't talked about it on Larry King or any of those kinds of things. Actually, in a way I did. I alluded to it when I was on his show talking about having an out-of-body experience and a white-light experience. I didn't say LSD, but anybody who had the experience could see that it was exactly what I was talking about."
[h2] Hall, Tommy [/h2]
Tommy Hall was an American musician who played a major role in the rock band The 13th Floor Elevators.
*"I never considered myself a musician and still don't. I was real interested, however, in introducing people to ideas and insights I was gaining through my use of LSD. Everything I wrote was inspired through my taking LSD. I invented the electric jug totally out of my desire to find a place onstage with this new group, so I could be a part of it, and so I could communicate my new ideas through the lyrics I wanted to write."
*"LSD provided us with the opportunity for a more truthful understanding of the universe, but most of the hippies missed it. It's a lot of work to accomplish this understanding. Hippies misused it as a recreational drug. It's not a recreational drug. They did a lot of good things, wanting to make changes in society and bringing new insights and ideas into discussion, but the use of drugs as recreation led to their use of other street drugs like speed and heroin, which ruined many lives. There was no distinction made of that type of drug activity from the proper use of psychedelics. Most people got caught up with illusions, failing to see truth provided by the psychedelic experiences. You must look past the pyramid, into its shadow, to find the truth."
*"Since Aristotle, man has organized his knowledge vertically in separate and unrelated groups -- Science, Religion, Sex, Relaxation, Work etc. The main emphasis in his language, his system of storing knowledge, has been on the identification of objects rather than on the relationships between objects. He is now forced to use his tools of reasoning separately and for one situation at a time. Had man been able to see past this hypnotic way of thinking, to distrust it (as did Einstein), and to resystematize his knowledge so that it would all be related horizontally, he would now enjoy the perfect sanity which comes from being able to deal with his life in its entirety. Recently, it has become possible for man to chemically alter his mental state and thus alter his point of view (that is, his own basic relation with the outside world which determines how he stores his information). He can restructure his thinking and change his language so that his thoughts bear more relation to his life and his problems, therefore approaching them more sanely. It is this quest for pure sanity that forms the basis of the songs on this album." -- liner notes on the album "The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators"
*"When he was playing with the Elevators, Hall made it a rule to drop acid every time someone picked up an instrument. From all reports, he didn't stop dosing regularly until very recently, when he lost his LSD connection and had to stick with pot. Hall says he's holding a bag of mushrooms at his apartment, a one-room efficiency in a sketchy Tenderloin residential hotel. He's saving that stash for the final breakthrough on his current project, a book revealing divine patterns in the solar system he's been working out in his head for years."
*One of Hall's initial experiences was profoundly negative. He was given the drug as part of a study at the UT lab, where he freaked out about all the scientists testing his paranoia levels. Hall realized then that chemicals have a valuable effect on the brain, but he was determined to explore LSD in more welcoming environments. This involved turning on the people closest to him, including his mother. (Perky was apparently ecstatic on acid, playing a Mozart record and repeating that she'd never realized the music had "all those things going on in it.")
[h2] Harris, Sam [/h2]
Sam Harris is an American non-fiction writer, and proponent of scientific skepticism. In 2009, he completed a PhD in neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles.
*"At age 19, he and a college friend tried MDMA, better known as ecstasy, and the experience altered his view of the role that love could play in the world. (“I realized that it was possible to be a human being who wished others well all the time, reflexively.”)"
[h2] Harrison, George [/h2]
George Harrison was an English rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and film producer who achieved international fame as lead guitarist in The Beatles.
*"Anyway, the third time I did it with a guy in England, and I thought "Ooh, I can’t do this anymore, this is too much." I had a slight fear of it, as well. Then I was into India and meditating and all that, and after that I realized so many things, and one of the things I’d heard about was fear. They said, "Look fear in the face and it won’t bother you anymore."
*So I thought, well, I really do have a bit of a fear left over from this acid stuff, and I can’t go through the rest of my life fearing it, so I’d better take it again (laughs). So I just took it and in that period of time—1967—we just seemed to be taking it all year, down at John’s house, ’round at Ringo’s house, and I got to the point were I could drive this Ferrari around Hyde Park in peak hour traffic on acid and it wasn’t working anymore. All it did was give me a pain in the neck. I looked at some under a microscope and it looked like all this old rope. I thought, well, I’m not putting that in my brain anymore, and I just packed it in.
*The good stuff—the carpet flying up in the room and the chairs getting bigger and smaller, all that Roman Polanski movie stuff–stopped happening after I started to understand more about relativity and time and space. The fun had gone out of it, so I stopped doing it.
*I can’t imagine, if I hadn’t had it, how many years of normal life it would have taken to get me to the realizations: I might’ve never got them in this life. It just opened the door and I experienced really good things. I mean, I never doubted God after that. Before, I was a cynic. I didn’t even say the word God; I thought "bullshit to all that stuff." But after that, I knew. It was not even a question of "Is there possibly a God?"—I knew absolutely. It’s just that big light that goes off in your head."
[h2] Heaney, Francis [/h2]
Francis Heaney is the author of the humor collection Holy Tango of Literature. He is also a professional puzzle writer and editor (and a former editor-at-large for GAMES Magazine, as well as a former editor of the Enigma, the official publication of the National Puzzlers' League), the composer and co-lyricist (with playwright James Evans) of the Off-Off-Broadway musical We're All Dead, and the author of the webcomic Six Things.
*"I took a lot of LSD in college. I also smoked pot although I gave it up fairly quickly; I didn't care for it. (It made me feel thick-headed.)
*On one of the few occasions between when I'd gotten my body to overcome its resistance to inhaling smoke into its lungs and when I decided to just say, “No, I'd rather take these other drugs instead,” I and some friends of mine were high. Our R.A. came around selling acid, as was his wont. I bought a tab and assumed my friends would do likewise, since that's how things tended to go when acid was being sold. Somehow I didn't notice that I was the only one buying LSD until I had already taken it. Also, it had not been brought to my attention that marijuana and LSD interact in such a way as to make an acid trip much, much more intense.
*I had never tripped alone, nor had I ever hallucinated as much as I would over the course of that night; I barely held it together. I just kept thinking, “Well, this will be over in eight hours,” which is how long a normal acid trip lasts. Apparently that's something else that changes when you take pot and acid at the same time!
*The next morning, after I tried to get some sleep and failed, I went to the college library for a change of scenery and some distraction. The multicolored carpet there did indeed serve as a distraction, albeit a blinky and unwelcome one. I read some Harlan Ellison short stories (is there any better audience for a Harlan Ellison short story than a college student on LSD?), and eventually settled down in a study carrel with a copy of Spalding Gray's Swimming to Cambodia, a book in which psychedelic mushrooms appear with surprising frequency.
*Perhaps there's no better way to be on the wavelength of a man who spent so much time inside his head than being stuck in the middle of a 24-hour-long acid trip. It made me feel like, well, even if I never come down, maybe I can still build a career as an introspective eccentric.
[h2] Hedberg, Mitch [/h2]
Mitch Hedberg was an American stand-up comedian known for his surreal humor and unconventional comedic delivery.
*in his comedy act, states that "My favorite drug is acid because it expanded my mind. Because of acid, I now know that butter is better than margarine. I saw through the bullshit."
[h2] Hell, Richard [/h2]
Richard Hell is a singer, songwriter, bass guitarist, and writer. Hell is probably best known as frontman for the early punk rock band Richard Hell & The Voidoids.
*I haven't done LSD or any other heavy psychedelic since I was in my twenties, except for psilocybin once or twice when a girl I liked turned out to have a mushroom bent. We ended up standing in makeshift scant costumes against opposite walls of the room, staring at each other and jerking off. (To revert to the poem/drug subject for a moment: the only deliberate drug poem I remember having a hand in was a collaboration done on mushrooms. We took turns at a typewriter, trying to spell "psilocybin." I still have that sheet of paper somewhere and it makes me feel a little stoned whenever I come across it.) I always craved sex when I was high on acid, but I think it was too exhausting. You don't want to be profoundly uncertain about what just happened and feel yourself disperse and clump and merge with an alien cohort and see your pulsing components glow and splotch, and be pierced by the significance of some new commonplace again and again, etc., etc., etc., multiple times with no respite or end in sight all that often. Things are complicated and demanding and confusing enough already. And anyway I mean "psychedelic orgasm" is kind of redundant.
[h2] Herbert, Frank [/h2]
Frank Herbert was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. He is best known for his novels, most notably Dune and its five sequels.
* Confessed his interest towards psychedelic mushrooms to Paul Stamets, who wrote about it in hes book Mycelium Running.
[h2] Herbert, Kevin [/h2]
Kevin Paul Herbert is a computer programmer and software designer.
* "From my personal experience, psychedelics have helped me to get past some of my most challenging problems. Overall, I feel like it's affected the development of my ideas about what our responsibility is to society for the kinds of technologies that we develop. I think that it also has given me insight into how to create technology. So, extrapolating from there, I think that many technical people have been exposed to LSD - although, it's hard to say just how many people. This is because engineers working in corporate situations don't want to get into trouble. In general, engineers can't really talk about their psychedelic use the way that, say, Alex Grey can talk about how he was tripping on this or that while he was doing a painting."
*"Psychedelics are especially helpful with the development of new computer technologies because recent developments have shifted toward more open technology, and an increased reliance upon software, as opposed to reliance on machines and mechanisms. I think the fact that everything in the world has become more and more flexible, and more programmable, is a result of people taking LSD at early times in their life, like in high school or college. It changes one's vision of the kinds of technology that one can build. It encourages a departure from things being rigid and imposing. Instead, contemporary computer software is flexible and malleable, changeable and not static."
*"I think that the primary reason that we have networks like the Internet is because of graduate students at Stanford, MIT, and Berkeley who tried psychedelics. These psychedelic graduate students were influenced by ideas to build things that were open, distributed, and based on trust models."
*"LSD showed me a lot about myself. It's helped me feel comfortable making the decisions that I thought were appropriate. Like, I think that LSD helped me realize my desire to skip college, and it contributed to my confidence in following through with that. In a technical context I've seen solutions that otherwise evaded me. I've had specific situations where I've had a really complex problem that I've spent weeks looking at - then I would end up having a psychedelic experience, like tripping on LSD while seeing the Grateful Dead, and I would have it figured out."
[h2] Hicks, Bill [/h2]
Bill Hicks was an American stand-up comedian and social critic.
*"If you don't think drugs have done good things for us, do me a favor, go home and take all your albums, tapes, cds...and burn them. Cause, you know what, all those musicians who made that great music that has enhanced your lives throughout the years...real fucking high on drugs."
*"You never see positive drug stories on the news do you? Isn’t that weird. Since most of the experiences I’ve had were real fucking positive … How about a positive LSD story. Wouldn’t that be newsworthy? Just once to base your decision on information rather than scare tactics, and superstitions and lies. Just once. I think it would be newsworthy. 'Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration. That we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death, life is only a dream and we're the imagination of ourselves. Here's Tom with the weather...'"
[h2] Hinds, Brent [/h2]
Brent Hinds is a guitarist/singer for the metal band Mastodon.
*Mastodon recently spoke to Rolling Stone about their new album, Crack The Skye, revealing where the concept for the record came from. "It comes from taking too much acid," guitarist Brent Hinds said. "Acid is the best drug in the world. It did the most amazing things for my creative psyche, and it still is doing it for me."
[h2] Hofmann, Albert [/h2]
Albert Hofmann was a Swiss scientist best known for having been the first to synthesize, ingest and learn of the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD).
*"I believe that if people would learn to use LSD's vision-inducing capability more wisely, under suitable conditions, in medical practice and in conjunction with meditation, then in the future this problem child could become a wonder child." from the book LSD: My Problem Child,
[h2] Huxley, Aldous [/h2]
Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. Best known for his novels including Brave New World and wide-ranging output of essays, Huxley also published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film stories and scripts. Aldous Huxley was a humanist and pacifist, and he was latterly interested in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism. He is also well known for advocating and taking psychedelics. By the end of his life Huxley was considered, in some academic circles, a leader of modern thought and an intellectual of the highest rank, and highly regarded as one of the most prominent explorers of Visual communication and sight-related theories as well.
*Interviewers: "Do you see any relation between the creative process and the use of such drugs as lysergic acid [diethylamide]?" Huxley: "I don’t think there is any generalization one can make on this. Experience has shown that there’s an enormous variation in the way people respond to lysergic acid. Some people probably could get direct aesthetic inspiration for painting or poetry out of it. Others I don’t think could. For most people it’s an extremely significant experience, and I suppose in an indirect way it could help the creative process. But I don’t think one can sit down and say, “I want to write a magnificent poem, and so I’m going to take lysergic acid [diethylamide].” I don’t think it’s by any means certain that you would get the result you wanted — you might get almost any result." -- in the book Moksha: Aldous Huxley’s Classic Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience, edited by Michael Horowitz and Cynthia Palmer
[h2] Iggy Pop [/h2]
James Newell Osterberg is an American songwriter, and occasional actor. Iggy Pop was the lead singer of The Stooges.
*"In the '60s, I took DMT," Iggy Pop recalled. "DMT was a gaseous wax that you could smoke that gave you a 20-minute psychedelic high. You'd inhale it. And then when you'd exhale—poof, you'd be high. I saw Buddha, man. I know that sounds like no big deal. But I saw a gigantic holographic Buddha — correct in every way! Buddhas can be very intricate — these drawings that you see in books. Thousands of details were included in this Buddha. Where did they come from? I didn't make them up. I can't even draw, you know? I could barely spell cat, you know? And there it was. And I thought, Wow — the power of the mind, you know?" --
[h2] Jackson, Phil [/h2]
Philip Douglas "Phil" Jackson aka Zen Master is a former American professional basketball player and the current coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Jackson is widely considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
*In his 1975 book "Maverick: More Than a Game," Jackson claimed that some LSD he gobbled for breakfast in Malibu in May 1973 lent his game a boost. The shaggy-haired Knicks forward said the "spiritual flash" he experienced that day on the beach gave him a new love for the sport and a deeper appreciation of team play.
*Known for producing deeply emotional and sometimes confusing revelations, the LSD brought Jackson face-to-face with issues about his body. He had learned over the years to trust his mind, but his relationship with his body was entirely different. The back pain and difficulties had pushed him to the conclusion that his body had somehow let him down.
*However, under the influence of the drug, Jackson began to see the fallacy of his contempt. He felt a oneness between mind and body and with it a surge of power and strength like he hadn't felt in years.
*Besides this physical rejuvenation, the day brought a host of other revelations - that he had to learn to love himself before he could love others; that he had to confront and subjugate his substantial ego, which in turn would lead to greater understanding about team basketball and his role in it. He saw that he had to rid himself of indeciseveness, that he had to begin taking responsibility for his actions.
*Most important in the day was a "spiritual flash", the awe he gained at recognizing the Creator's power, a development that would send him on an intense search over the ensuing months for the best means of honoring and worshiping God. Jackson also saw that day the equality of people in God's eyes, the vast importance of every single person. And more important, he saw the bonds that connect people.
*Out of this LSD trip came an enhanced love for the game of basketball and a new appreciation of team play, an appreciation that would be eviden the next fall when he rejoined the Knicks. "I had to rediscover my ego in order to lose it.... I was able to become a totally team-oriented player for the first time," he would later write.
*Not surprisingly, the 1973-1974 campaign would become his most productive professional season. He would average a career-high 11.1 points per game and almost 6 rebounds per outing. Better yet, he experienced a new understanding of his teammates. When he looked at them, he felt that he saw all the forces and pressures pulling at them and affecting them. It was as if his team intuition had flowered into a sixthsense about the connectedness of basketball, a sixth sense that he would trust again and again over the years. -- from the book Mindgames: Phil Jackson's Long Strange Journey
[h2] Jameson, Jenna [/h2]
Jenna Jameson is an American entrepreneur and former pornographic actress, who has been called the world's most famous porn star and "The Queen of Porn."
[h2] Jobs, Steve [/h2]
Steve Jobs is an American businessman, and the co-founder and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Jobs previously served as CEO of Pixar Animation Studios.
*describes taking LSD as "one of the two or three most important things he has done in his life" in John Markoff's 2005 book, What the Dormouse Said; also in an interview in Time Magazine.
[h2] Jodorowsky, Alejandro [/h2]
Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean scholar in comparative religion, playwright, director, producer, composer, actor, mime, comic book writer, tarot reader, historian and psychotherapist.
*"I had one experience on mushrooms, and one experience with LSD, in order to know what they were like. It was with my master, Oscar Ichazo, who ran the Arica school of analysis. He initiated me one night, for eight hours – only one time. I think every person, starting from Bush and Blair and all that, they [should] take mushrooms one time, in order to open the mind – just one time. Because these dirty politicians only speak about materiality, not one word about spirituality. They need to open their minds."
[h2] Jolie, Angelina [/h2]
Angelina Jolie is an American actress and Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency.
[h2] Johnson, Paul [/h2]
Paul Johnson, better known as Paul America, was an actor and member of Andy Warhol's Factory group.
*"I was on LSD the whole time, and I thought I was just going through some practice motions." He thought that they were supposed to return to the house on Fire Island where My Hustler was shot in order to finish the film, but that they were unable to return to the house because of the state they left it in."
[h2] Kapor, Mitch [/h2]
Mitch Kapor is the founder of Lotus Development Corporation, entrepreneur, investor, social activist, and philanthropist, one of the founders of Electronic Frontier Foundation:
*He dabbled in LSD and other illicit drugs for a number of years and always was searching for some sort of "enlightenment."
[h2] Kenney, Leo [/h2]
Leo Kenney is an American painter.
*"He experimented with mescaline in 1962, and his artwork changed to represent the art for which he is best known: psychedelic circle paintings that he considered representations of nature."
[h2] Kent, Stephen [/h2]
James Kent was formerly editor of Psychedelic Illuminations and publisher of Trip Magazine.
*"I admit to using psychedelics recreationally because they're fun as hell, but my experimentation was always done with a very removed third-person analysis of what was going on in my head. I very rarely lost that meta-analytical part me, even in the most hardcore psychedelic trips. I mean, all kinds of crazy shit could be going on -- portals to other dimensions opening up, reflective ooze bubbling up from the floor, whatever -- and no matter how panicked or overwhelmed I would get there was always this calm, logical place in the back of my mind, a very dry and cynical part of me that would be like, "Oh, now I'm being eaten alive by plasma wasps. How odd. That was unexpected...""
*"There is a sense that once you have that breakthrough psychedelic experience things are changed forever, you see the world with new eyes. That's the kind of thing I wanted to take a closer look at, to analyze if that's actually true or just one of those bogus psychedelic truisms. And if it is true, then what is it about the psychedelic experience that creates those feelings, and what kinds of things do you notice afterwards that you otherwise wouldn't have?"
[h2] Kesey, Ken [/h2]
Ken Kesey was an American author, best known for his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962), and as a counter-cultural figure who considered himself a link between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s.
*"I believe that with the advent of acid, we discovered a new way to think, and it has to do with piecing together new thoughts in your mind. Why is it that people think it’s so evil? What is it about it that scares people so deeply, even the guy that invented it, what is it? Because they’re afraid that there’s more to reality than they have confronted. That there are doors that they’re afraid to go in, and they don’t want us to go in there either, because if we go in we might learn something that they don’t know. And that makes us a little out of their control." -- BBC documentary The Beyond Within: The Rise and Fall of LSD (1987)
[h2] Kid Rock [/h2]
Robert James Ritchie is an American singer-songwriter with five Grammy Award nominations
*"I think I did every drug known to mankind, smoked crack, boozed, dropped acid, you name it. I'm glad that I got out of it, a lot of my friends from that time didn't. I experienced everything and got out of it. It's important that I got out of it, because otherwise I wouldn't be here now. I'm still having a party. I'm still having fun, if you know what I mean. I just have it in check now. "
[h2] Kilmister, Lemmy [/h2]
Lemmy Kilmister is an English singer and bass guitarist. He is best known as the founding member of the rock band Motörhead.
*"The ACE OF SPADES singer claims his experiences while under the influence of acid opened his eyes to the importance of treating everybody with respect. The 58-year-old says, "It's the only drug that really does that. It made me more aware and helped me realise what other people are about."
[h2] Kleps, Arthur [/h2]
Arthur Kleps was an American psychologist.
*"In 1960, Arthur Kleps was working as a school psychologist when he had a strong visionary experience on 500 mg of mescaline sulfate which he had ordered through the mail." "While living at Milbrook, Arthur Kleps was dosed one morning on a large dose of LSD and underwent a mystical experience. He eventually documented his adventures there in his book Millbrook. "
[h2] Kottke, Daniel [/h2]
Daniel Kottke is a U.S. computer engineer and the first official employee of Apple Inc.
*"When I was a freshman in college, he carefully removes the wires from the back of his invention, "I would take psychedelics and sit by myself for a whole day. What I arrived at was that cosmic consciousness was a completely normal thing that one day everyone would arrive at, if they would just sit and think clearly.
*Kottke, like many of the brilliant people at his home today, sees Cyberia as a logical result of psychedelics and rationality. "That's how I became friends with Steve Jobbs. We used to take psychedelics together and talk about Buddhist philosophy. I had no idea he was connected with Woz [Steve Wozniak] or selling blue boxes [telephone dialers that allow you to make free calls] at the time. We just talked about transcendentalism and Buddhism and listened to Bob Dylan. It must have been his alter ego."
[h2] Kounen, Jan [/h2]
Jan Kounen is a Dutch-born French film director and producer.
* Filmed his ayahuasca experiences with Shipibo-Conibo people of Perú in his documentary film D'autres mondes (Other Worlds).
[h2] Kubrick, Stanley [/h2]
Stanley Kubrick was an American director, writer, producer, and photographer of films.
*"I believe that drugs are basically of more use to the audience than to the artist. I think that the illusion of oneness with the universe, and absorption with the significance of every object in your environment, and the pervasive aura of peace and contentment is not the ideal state for an artist. It tranquilizes the creative personality, which thrives on conflict and on the clash and ferment of ideas. The artist`s transcendence must be within his own work; he should not impose any artificial barriers between himself and the mainspring of his subconscious. One of the things that`s turned me against LSD is that all the people I know who use it have a peculiar inability to distinguish between things that are really interesting and stimulating and things that appear to be so in the state of universal bliss that the drug induces on a "good" trip. They seem to completely lose their critical faculties and disengage themselves from some of the most stimulating areas of life. Perhaps when everything is beautiful, nothing is beautiful."
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[h2] Laing, R. D. [/h2]
R. D. Laing was a Scottish psychiatrist.
*"There is one page in the Bird of Paradise that I don’t think I could have written without the experience of mescaline, which with some hesitation I put it and incorporated it into that text"
*While Laing is against the use of drugs in the treatment of mental illness, he has himself occasionally taken LSD since 1960 and uses it selectively in his practice. He says that LSD "deserves sustained attention and can be valuable in the right context—but dangerous if misused." Laing last took the drug a year ago to probe the inadequacy of his left hand at the piano (he transposes Bach's two-part Inventions into different keys).
[h2] Lancaster, Mark [/h2]
Mark Lancaster is British artist and set designer.
*"I always liked alcohol better than any other drug, but was always willing to try something. When I was at Cambridge (1968 to 70) somebody spiked the punch at a garden party with LSD and I just loathed the effects of that and particularly the long aftermath of fear and paranoia"
[h2] Laswell, Bill [/h2]
Bill Laswell is an American bassist, producer and record label owner.
*"I started listening to Indian music really early on and ironic to what we were just speaking about, the first time I ever heard Indian music was at a college in Ann Harbor Michigan, a concert at the University, which was Ravi Shankar and Alla Rakka, who is Zakir Hussain's father. On the way to the concert, I think I was 14 years old, someone spiked everyone's drink with LSD. I had never done that before and around 14 years old, I went to the concert and of course it started to take effect and that became the most psychedelic music that I had ever heard with the tabla, the drone, and the sitar. That was my first experience not only with LSD, but Indian music and it happened at the same time!"
*"I didn't know I was tripping at the time – I was totally absorbed with the music," said Laswell, 47. "It had a very profound effect on me. ... It was a very steady pulse but with syncopation. It had a rubbery quality, with the parts interlocking in constantly shifting ways, the rhythms being stretched and compressed. It was spontaneous, improvised. It had a very trance quality."
[h2] Leary, Timothy [/h2]
"Dr. Timothy Francis Leary was an American writer, psychologist, futurist, and advocate of psychedelic drug research."
*[about his first acid trip]: "From the date of this session it was inevitable that we would leave Harvard, that we would leave American society and that we would spend the rest of our lives as mutants, faithfully following the instructions of our internal blueprints, and tenderly, gently disregarding the parochial social inanities." -- the book High Priest
*"We always have urged people: Don't take LSD unless you are very well prepared, unless you are specifically prepared to go out of your mind. Don't take it unless you have someone that's very experienced with you to guide you through it. And don't take it unless you are ready to have your perspective on yourself and your life radically changed, because you're gonna be a different person, and you should be ready to face this possibility." Documentary CBC: "How To Go Out of Your Mind: The LSD Crisis" (1966)
*"Turn on" meant go within to activate your neural and genetic equipment. Become sensitive to the many and various levels of consciousness and the specific triggers that engage them. Drugs were one way to accomplish this end. "Tune in" meant interact harmoniously with the world around you — externalize, materialize, express your new internal perspectives. Drop out suggested an elective, selective, graceful process of detachment from involuntary or unconscious commitments. "Drop Out" meant self-reliance, a discovery of one's singularity, a commitment to mobility, choice, and change. Unhappily my explanations of this sequence of personal development were often misinterpreted to mean "Get stoned and abandon all constructive activity." -- Flashbacks (1983)
*"I am 100 percent in favor of the intelligent use of drugs, and 1,000 percent against the thoughtless use of them, whether caffeine or LSD. And drugs are not central to my life." -- Chaos and Cyber Culture (1994)
*"A psychedelic experience is a journey to new realms of consciousness. The scope and content of the experience is limitless, but its characteristic features are the transcendence of verbal concepts, of space-time dimensions, and of the ego or identity. Such experiences of enlarged consciousness can occur in a variety of ways: sensory deprivation, yoga exercises, disciplined meditation, religious or aesthetic ecstasies, or spontaneously. Most recently they have become available to anyone through the ingestion of psychedelic drugs such as LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, DMT, etc. Of course, the drug does not produce the transcendent experience. It merely acts as a chemical key — it opens the mind, frees the nervous system of its ordinary patterns and structures." -- The Psychedelic Experience (1995)
[h2] Lewis, Jenny [/h2]
Jenny Lewis is an American singer, musician, and actress.
*Jenny Lewis: "Well my experience with LSD... I'm no expert. I find the psychedelic universe to be absolutely terrifying. But I think I have a natural psychedelic perspective, and my friends are often tripping around me. I'm not one to kind of return to the universe. They find that my perspective is often trippier than their own. And maybe it's because of my unusual upbringing. I actually took acid for the first time when I was 14 or 15 years old and it culminated in a scene not unlike something from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas—the scene where Hunter S. Thompson has to lock the lawyer in the bathroom. I sort of assumed the Hunter S. Thompson character and my friend, she had taken far too much, decided to pull a butcher knife out of the kitchen drawer and chase me around the house. So that was sort of the beginning and the end of that fateful trip.
*"But in the song "Acid Tongue" I refer to going down to Dixie and dropping acid on my tongue. I'm not talking about the Mason-Dixon line. I’m referring to an elementary school in the San Fernando Valley called The Dixie Canyon where my friends and I took a pilgrimage on foot and ended up in the gates of this very strange elementary school."
*Austin Scaggs: "These are different trips though, right?" JL: "Um, no this is one trip." AS: "This is the same one?" JL: "It's just that it lasted a lifetime. And actually at the end of that experience my mom was out of town on a trip of her own and she returned to find me about 5 lbs lighter and I had—I was so desperate to get back to normal I decided to drink an entire gallon of orange juice. I saw that it was in the fridge and decided that this would sort of flush the LSD out of my system, but I didn't realize that it did exactly the opposite."
*AS: "It reactivated the LSD." "JL: "It did! I've never really returned entirely from that trip."
[h2] Lisberger, Steven [/h2]
Steven Lisberger is an American film director and producer. He is best known for directing the 1982 movie Tron.
*"I came out of the 60s, and I had experiences, shall we say. I turned on and tuned in. I think a lot of the people were feeling that in the zeitgeist at the time. That technology was going to empower us and possibly create some sort of new quasi-spiritual realm, which was going to be a reflection of what our dreams might be. That was in the air. It was fun to take the technology, which was in the hands of hard tech computer guys, and put it in the hands of artists. That was a lot of fun. "
[h2] Love, Courtney [/h2]
Courtney Love is an American rock musician and actress. Love is known as lead singer and lyricist for the alternative rock band Hole.
*"Because I was given acid at four, I think my mind was freed."
[h2] Luce, Clare Boothe [/h2]
Clare Boothe Luce was an American playwright, editor, journalist, ambassador, socialite and one of the first U.S. Congresswoman, representing the state of Connecticut.
*"About an hour after taking LSD, Luce's notes show, she found herself confronting sensations of fear, nonexistence, bloodiness and meaninglessness, while feeling the effects of a wicked bout of colitis, a disease she suffered from throughout her life. The combination of frequent trips to the bathroom and the hallucinations made her morbid.
*"Feel all true paths of glory lead but to the grave - an almost shattering fact," she wrote. "The futility of the search to be someone. Do you hear the drum?" Actually someone was knocking on the door. Soon she was holding her head in her hands, weeping. "I've paid the debt now I can rest," she scrawled. "I've paid enough." "I am quite gone," she noted bleakly. And so on.
*"As the effects of the drug wore off, Luce recovered her humor and began to psychoanalyze herself."
[h2] Luce, Henry [/h2]
Henry Luce was an influential American publisher and founder of Time/Life.
[h2] Manzarek, Ray [/h2]
Ray Manzarek is an American musician, singer, producer, film director, writer, co-founder, and keyboardist of The Doors from 1965 to 1973.
*Why else does Manzarek feel the need to resurrect the Doors? "For me, it’s all an avenue to proselytize, to somehow get America to once again consider hallucinogenics and psychedelics," he says.
[h2] Marino, Frank [/h2]
Frank Marino is the guitarist and leader of Canadian hard rock band Mahogany Rush. Often compared to Jimi Hendrix, he is acknowledged as one of the best and most underrated guitarists of the 1970s.
*"I can only speak as a witness to my own experiences with that drug, and come to a conclusion based on a feeling, and on firsthand knowledge of my own self. I don't think that LSD, or any psychedelic drug, actually creates the trip that one finds oneself on after taking it. I believe that it starts a process within the body that chemically alters, temporarily, certain brain structures, and these altered processes do the rest of the "work", even if the drug were to be, somehow, magically removed from your system entirely. The trip that one finds oneself on is of one's own making, very much like dreaming, although you are physically awake.
*But one of the most striking facets of this situation is that, while you may become highly unaware of certain things going on around you, you become excessively aware of things going on inside of you, and you begin to interpret regular functions as a whole different thing altogether. So, it would not be uncommon for one to, say, "hear" the rushing of one's own blood, but to interpret it as thunder in the distance, and to add that thunder to a cacaphony of other noises and visual mis-interpretations, and create a "trip". Much like one mis-interprets physical sensations while sleeping which result in dreams of a totally unrelated nature... an alarm clock ringing that one hears for but a split second, which results in a seemingly very long dream, having at it's end the sound of a bell, or perhaps the sound of an onrushing train blowing it's horn wildly.
*So, all of that said, I can only surmise that my heightened state of awareness of myself, along with an immense terror and panic, produced the ability to actually focus on any little thing that might serve as an escape from the "danger", and to clutch onto it like a drowning man clutches a piece of debris. In my case, it happened to be a guitar. I played it in the hospital incessantly, and afterwards every single moment that I was awake I played it and played it. Couple that need with a chemically heightened sense of imagination and you get the situation whereby I, mis-interpreting certain realities (if there really is such a thing, but I digress), thought that the music I was "hearing in my head", due to memory, was music I was writing myself. So, if I thought of a song by the Grateful Dead, I thought I was writing that song. So I "worked on my song", so to speak.
*Basically, I was one inch from permanent insanity... a scary prospect indeed. I also firmly believe, in retrospect, that had it not been for God I would have remained so. I might have still been a guitarist after all of this, but I would have been a very crazy one. I do pick up new skills rather quickly. Whether this is my birth-nature or simply an extension of my "nature due to the experience", is anybody's guess. As pre-LSD Frank I was inclined to be quick about learning things but not to such an extent, in my opinion, although my parents do tell me that I was so."
[h2] Matisyahu [/h2]
Matthew Paul Miller, better known by his Hebrew name Matisyahu, is an American Hasidic Jewish reggae musician.
*"I went to a Phish concert with a friend and we ate LSD and that experience, I would say, was pretty freaking spiritual." He comes close to a chuckle. "Although looking back on it, the answer wasn't there, it was a big part of it. It's about taking the chance. I gave up my family, I gave up my friends, I gave up on school. I went out with no money. It was walking on the edge. That's a Jewish idea. You could even say that was a very Jewish experience."
[h2] Mayhew, Christopher [/h2]
Christopher Mayhew was a British politician who was a Labour Member of Parliament from 1945 to 1950 and from 1951 to 1974, when he left the Labour Party to become a Liberal. In 1981, Mayhew received a life peerage and was raised to the House of Lords as Baron Mayhew. He was also BBC television personality.
*took Mescaline Hydrochloride under the guidance of his friend, Dr Humphry Osmond in 1955 for an unbroadcast episode of Panorama.
[h2] McKenna, Dennis [/h2]
Dennis Jon McKenna is an American ethnopharmacologist and author.
*"The consistent "understanding" if you will, that comes home to me when I take psychedelics, especially psilocybin or ayahuasca, is that, we really only comprehend a very small part of reality, and that small part, very imperfectly. Something like, "you monkeys only think you're running the show..." and that is both humbling and reassuring."
*"I do think psychedelics propel the cultural evolution process... the changes of the last fifty years or so owe a lot to the diffusion of psychedelics into the wider society... and it's still happening. Things like ayahuasca are literally "emerging from the jungle" because they have a very important message for our species... I really think these plants are the way we communicate with the rest of the biosphere...I'm not speaking in any mystical sense here, I'm talking biochemistry. You really have to view these compounds in the larger context. Psychedelics, the natural ones anyway, are plant secondary compounds. A good deal of human history is shaped by human interactions with plant secondary compounds. Contacts between Europe and Asia were about spices, Europe raped the New World to get their hands on their drug and food plants, coca, chocolate, etc., even while vigorously stamping out the "demonic" entheogens."
[h2] McKenna, Terence [/h2]
Terence McKenna was an American writer, public speaker, philosopher, psychonaut, ethnobotanist, art historian, and self described anarchist, feminist, platonist, skeptic and author
*"Progress of human civilization in the area of defining human freedom is not made from the top down. No king, no parliment, no government ever extended to the people more rights than the people insisted upon. And I think we've come to a place with this psycedelic issue. And we have the gay community as a model, and all the other communities, the ethnic communities. We simply have to say, Look: LSD has been around for fifty years now, we just celebrated the birthday. It ain't going away. WE are not going away. We are not slack-jawed, dazed, glazed, unemployable psychotic creeps. We are pillars of society. You can't run your computers, your fashion houses, your publishing houses, your damn magazines, you can't do anything in culture without psychedelic people in key positions. And this is the great unspoken of American Creativity. So I think it's basically time to just come out of the closet and go, "You know what, I'm stoned, and I'm proud." -- from the book True Hallucinations
*"LSD burst over the dreary domain of the constipated bourgeoisie like the angelic herald of a new psychedelic millennium. We have never been the same since, nor will we ever be, for LSD demonstrated, even to skeptics, that the mansions of heaven and gardens of paradise lie within each and all of us."
[h2] McPhee, Katharine [/h2]
Katharine McPhee is an American pop singer, songwriter, actress, model, and television personality. She gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of the Fox reality show American Idol in 2006.
*in Vogue magazine she described an Ayahuasca retreat in Peru as the most important event in her life.
[h2] Midgette, Allen [/h2]
Allen Midgette is an american actor and painter.
*"At that point in my life, I'll be honest with you, I was taking a lot of LSD and I was more interested in what was going on in my brain than making a movie," Midgette says, speaking from his home in New York State. [...] He did have a good time, he says, shooting a film inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Wearing nothing but a loincloth he climbed atop a large ancient Egyptian sphinx. He says he happened to be high on LSD at the time. "It was really nice."
[h2] Milonoff, Tuomas [/h2]
Tuomas Milonoff is Finnish producer and screenwriter, best known from traveling series Madventures. In January 2009 Tuomas Milonoff and his Madventures partner Riku Rantala were selected as the Travel Persons of the Year by the Finnish Guild of Travel Journalists. The award, which has been given out since 1972, was presented in the Matka 2009 Nordic Travel Fair.
*In Madventures's third seasons first episode Riku and his colleague Tunna travel to Tabatinga in Brazilian Amazon and have ayahuasca in guidance of a local shaman Don Francisco. "I knew all the time I was searching my subconscious. The most beautiful thing I saw was my own kid born. No actually, she was already two... Pretty tough, pretty intense. The most horrifying experience I could ever imagine to have. Pure hell."
*"There were millions of visions, millions of thoughts and all those visions and thoughts I could process it all in just from 10 seconds to half a minute and I actually realised how unbelievable the capacity of the brain is...I was caught in a quite unpleasant loop. I was scanning my subconscious and I knew that I was in the depths of my subconscious. It was amazing what kind of things were stored in there from the childhood that I didn't even remember to have forgotten about...I understood that I had to have it so hard because gathering myself up after that was so purifying experience, a sort of catharsis, that I believe that I really needed it and I became much stronger person." Freely translated from the finnish DVD commentary track of the third seasons first episode.
[h2] Mirren, Helen [/h2]
Dame Helen Mirren is an English actor. She has won an Academy Award, four SAG Awards, four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes and four Emmy Awards during her career.
* "I'd just taken a tab of acid - my first and last tab of acid, I can assure you - and was heading off into the fields and thinking, 'I'm not quite sure what's going to happen next'. And then, you know, the acid hit shortly after that and it was terrifying." She asked Ross: "I don't know if you've ever taken acid?" When he said he had not, she continued: "Well don't. I mean, I don't know how people can take it time after time."
*"I had the most wonderful time on it - it was wonderful, partly because my good friend came up to me just as the world was refracting and said, 'Don't worry Hel, it's gonna be fine. Just let go and enjoy it and it'll be fine,' and I did. He sort of saved me and I had a fantastic time. But it's too much, it's too much." Ross asked if the good part of the experience outweighed the bad. Dame Helen replied: "No actually, such a good time that I didn't want to do it again. I thought, 'That was great, that was wonderful.' But it was very, very extreme and, you know, you could see the danger in it."
[h2] Mitchell, Silas Weir [/h2]
Silas Weir Mitchell was an American physician and writer.
*"For the psychologist this agent should have value. To be able with a whole mind to experiment mentally upon such phenomena as I have described is an unusual privilege. Here is unlocked a storehouse of glorified memorial treasures of one kind. There may be a drug which shall so release a mob of verbal memories, or of musical records, or, in fact, of tastes and odours. I naturally speak of things seen under mescal influence as glorified memories—certainly nothing soon in these visions was altogether outside of my known experiences—but everything was expressive—forms were gigantic—colours marvellously intermingled. In fact, nothing was simply the vision of a thing remembered and recognised except the familiar Newport Beach."
[h2] Morea, Ben [/h2]
Ben Morea, American activist.
*"We differentiated between hard drugs like cocaine and heroin and those like grass, hashish and psychedelics. We saw that LSD and grass were helping to break down the structures between suburban youth and helping them to rethink their place in the universe. Some of us had had problems with hard drugs and saw that they were destructive. Unlike Leary and others we didn't see psychedelics as a cure all, but they could and did make a positive contribution. People would sometimes bring kids to me who were on bad trips. I would take LSD and try to go with them to the place where they were in trouble and help them come back. If you want to talk about putting yourself out there, that was it. You wouldn't see many Maoists doing that. (laughter)"
[h2] Morrison, Grant [/h2]
Grant Morrison is a Scottish comic book writer and artist.
*"Theoretically, you can recreate all states of consciousness just by thinking about them but having tried both meditation and drugs and often both at the same time I'm not sure about this one. It's a bit like saying you can recreate the feeling of a Thanksgiving Dinner using meditation. Maybe you could but why would you? Meditation can take you to some places that some drugs can also take you too but I don't believe meditation can reproduce a full-on acid experience or a high dose mushroom or DMT trip, nor would it be helpful if it did. It can reproduce something like an ecstasy experience. Meditators who claim they can recreate all of these drug states are probably either unfamiliar with the drugs or they're being slightly disingenuous about the whole issue."
*"The weird thing with me is that I'm into magic more than I am drugs and I started my psychedelic experiments very late, as an adjunct to my magical work. I ate a little bit of hash when I was 24 and I had some mushrooms when I was 28 but otherwise I was totally straight edge until I was 31. I was in a psychedelic punk band where we didn't drink, smoke or take drugs! I only got into drugs when I felt sorted emotionally enough to deal with the effects and I had good magical reasons for doing so. Then in 90's I joined the rave party and spent every single day of the decade getting totally wrecked on mind-altering substances which, I have to admit, I enjoyed immensely. I was never keen on stimulants like cocaine and speed because they did nothing useful or interesting for me but I loved the psychedelic drugs which could twist my head, erase my name and address, open up my subconscious and turn my brain into a super-conductor, so I dosed like a madman for ten years, studied the effects and wrote it all down in The Invisibles and Flex Mentallo in particular. Zenith, Animal Man and Arkham Asylum are pretty straight edge and Doom Patrol shows the influence of shrooms from around the time of those Insect Mesh issues but I was mostly doing it straight. The 90’s work emerged from the cockpit of a rocket-driven rollercoaster of LSD, cannabis, mushrooms, DMT, 2CB, ecstasy and champagne."
*"I was a very straightedge kid until I was 30 years old — I didn't touch anything, and I was anti-drinking, anti-drugs, everything. But I got to 30 and I kind of decided to treat myself as a laboratory and become something else — I wondered how much you could mess with your own personality. I became a tranny for awhile; I used to dress up as a girl, and I was beautiful! I just started to take tons of psychadelic drugs, though I was never into amphetamines or anything. But I'm getting old now, so I don't do so much of that."
*"The Kathmandu thing was really weird. I had taken a little bit of hash — but just a very little bit. That experience was so profound — nothing like that has ever happened to me again. Part of taking so many drugs in the 90s was trying to recreate the experience: the clarity of everything was so much more real, the way things are made ... all this is just cheap dream compared to the place I was. I've taken DMT, high doses of mushrooms, high doses of acid — nothing took me back. I've never been able to go there again."
[h2] Mraz, Jason [/h2]
Jason Mraz is an American singer-songwriter.
*"Enter legendary producer Steve Lillywhite, the man behind U2’s and the Dave Matthews Band’s biggest records. “There were a couple of days where Steve could see I was getting exhausted,” Mraz recalls. “We were supposed to be experimenting, but he could tell I was running out of ideas, so he’d say, ‘Go smoke, come back in 15 minutes and let’s do this!’ Or, when we took weekends off, he would tell me on Friday night, ‘Take a big hit of LSD this weekend and come back on Monday with a fresh perspective.’ He was basically like my gonzo lawyer from Fear and Loathing.”"
*When Jason Mraz was fresh out of high school, studying to be a musical-theater actor in New York, he had a life-changing revelation while listening to John Coltrane at a party. "It was the first time I ever did LSD, and it was the first time I ever really listened to jazz," says Mraz, 25. "Coltrane's sax sounded like a voice. I realized that's how I wanted my voice to be."
[h2] Mullis, Kary [/h2]
Kary Mullis is an American biochemist and Nobel laureate. Mullis shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Michael Smith. Mullis received the prize for his development of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).
*"Back in the 1960s and early '70s I took plenty of LSD. A lot of people were doing that in Berkeley back then. And I found it to be a mind-opening experience. It was certainly much more important than any courses I ever took." -- in his essay collection Dancing Naked in the Mind Field.
[h2] Nicholson, Jack [/h2]
Jack Nicholson is an American actor, film director and producer.
*Asked, "What for you were some of the pivotal moments over the last 40 years?" Nicholson responded, "The first time I took LSD, which galvanized my life."
[h2] Nolte, Nick [/h2]
Nick Nolte is an American actor, film producer and former model.
*"In the early Sixties, when Leary and Alpert were sending LSD around, a professor of photography that I was working with had received a letter from them with instructions on how to take it. You had to let go and realise they were all hallucinations. That way you're fine. So we would go out to the desert, take the LSD and lay down in sleeping bags for eight hours. Ken Kesey said you could walk around on it, but taking acid and going to a concert became a nightmare."
[h2] Norris, Kathleen [/h2]
Kathleen Norris was an American novelist.
*"In New York I stood out in that crowd because I really was afraid to experiment with drugs. The very few times I tried anything, like LSD or mescaline, once was enough. It was obvious that it was not for me."
[h2] Nyro, Laura [/h2]
Laura Nyro was an American composer, lyricist, singer, and pianist.
*"Nyro's shyness and reluctance as a performer may have been the result of a harrowing LSD trip she underwent as a teenager."
[h2] O'Rourke, P. J. [/h2]
Patrick Jake O'Rourke is an American political satirist, journalist, and writer.
*"Maybe we should freshen our recollections a bit. About drugs, for example. Personally I loved the little buggers. But we're only remembering the cool ones like marijuana, LSD (if you didn't have to talk to your folks on it), and psilocybin mushrooms. What about the STP, the PCP, the Thorazine, the crystal meth, and the little blue-green tab somebody laid on you in the park and you vomited so hard your socks came out your mouth? Then the mood police came. Your face had to go to jail. Not everybody can turn his toes into then angry, hissing lizards with rows and rows of sharp little teeth. Quick! Help! Grab that chick, she just swalled her superego. She could mellow to death at any moment. Ha, ha, ha, somebody left the lava lamp on all night and now the entire island of Oahu is gone. Wow, man, which way to the bummer tent?" --
[h2] Osho [/h2]
Osho, born Chandra Mohan Jain, was an Indian mystic and spiritual teacher.
*"Using chemistry I want to see if it is possible to see the heights seen by Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu... I think that it is."
*"Then all the body cells begin to crave acid and it will be difficult to drop it. LSD can be used to bring you to meditation only if your body has been prepared for it. So if you ask if it can be used in the West, I will say that it is not for the West at all. It can be used only in the East – if the body is totally prepared for it. Yoga has used it, tantra has used it, there are schools of tantra and yoga that have used LSD as a help, but then they prepare your body first."
[h2] Oswalt, Patton [/h2]
Patton Oswalt is an American stand-up comedian, writer and actor.
*"If you'd drug-tested me a few years ago, you would have found a lot of mushrooms, traces of LSD, a light sprinkling of pot. I think I'd legalize mushrooms before I'd legalize pot. I like the mind-bending stuff, not heart-quickening stuff. But these days, it's pretty much Scotch and wine. Not that I've sworn off anything..."
[h2] Parker, Trey [/h2]
Trey Parker is an American animator, screenwriter, director, producer, voice artist, musician and actor, best known for being the co-creator of the television series South Park along with his creative partner and best friend Matt Stone.
*"South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker say their bizarre decision to dress in drag and sashay down the red carpet at the 2000 Oscars was made easy - thanks to LSD. "We took acid and tripped," Stone tells the November issue of FHM. "It seemed like the right day - drop acid and get on the red carpet in a dress." But lest anybody think he's a druggie, Stone adds, "I haven't taken acid since then."
[h2] Peacock, Gary [/h2]
Gary Peacock is an American jazz double-bassist.
*"At first it was me and the bass. Something to conquer, something to control. It gave me a sense of identity and a purpose in life. One thing in my life that wasn't flipping out all over the place, something I could count on. As a result of that, it produced a lot of anxiety, because once I became that identified with the instrument, then let's say something happened to my hands, I wouldn't have an identity. That's who I was, I was a musician - I wasn't anything but that. In the beginning it worked very well, because that anxiety kept me on target, it kept me woodshedding and then one time I took acid with Timothy Leary's group. I went through periods where i would die and I would come back and I couldn't stop it. The people I was with put me in a tub of ice-cold water to shock my nervous system. I stopped breathing for a second and when i looked down I had turned into a turtle. So that didn't help!
*But the next day I felt really calm. When I looked at the calm, I saw that I had realized I wasn't a musician. That was something I had made up in my mind; it was something I did, but it wasn't who i was. But if I'm not that, then who am I? My relationship with my music and with the bass completely changed. The bass was an instrument I played; it wasn't me. If i couldn't play music anymore, I wouldn't die. My interest in music ended and it didn't come back until about ten years later when I did a short tour with Paul Bley in Japan and something turned the wheel, something happened.So the relationship I have now is that I'm me. There's a relationship between myself and the instrument, but it's me over here and the bass over there. We're not the same and we're not different."
[h2] Pendell, Dale [/h2]
Dale Pendell is a contemporary author who combines science and poetry in his explications of the relationship between psychoactive compounds and human beings.
*Back in Berkeley by 1967, Pendell says, "I finally realized that heroin was affecting my luck." He retreated to the mountains. "I hiked up as far as I could. I wanted to be as far away as I could from people. I stayed there as long as I could. I took as much LSD as I could. All of the hatred kind of fell into the earth."
[h2] Pesce, Mark [/h2]
Mark Pesce one of the early pioneers in Virtual Reality is a writer, researcher and teacher. The co-inventor of VRML, he is the author of five books and numerous papers on the future of technology.
*"Mark Pesce, the coinventor of virtual reality’s coding language, VRML, and a dedicated Burner, agreed that there’s some relationship between chemical mind expansion and advances in computer technology: “To a man and a woman, the people behind [virtual reality] were acidheads.""
[h2] Pink [/h2]
Alecia Beth Moore is an American singer and songwriter.
*"Pink used to work at McDonalds. This is how she got through the day: “I would open the restaurant because I’d be tripping on acid… and I would say ‘could I have bathroom duty?’ And I would sit in the bathroom and watch the tiles.”"
[h2] Piper, Adrian [/h2]
Adrian Piper is a first-generation conceptual artist and analytic philosopher.
*Matteo Guarnaccia: "Tell us something about the story behind the "Over the Edge" works?" Adrian Piper: "Actually none of them were done during psychedelic experiences, although they were influenced by what I learned during them. I only took LSD about six times over a period of six months - I stopped taking it when it stopped having an effect on my usual state of consciousness. But by that time I had discovered the texts that helped me make sense of the experiences I'd been having - The Upanishads, The Bhagavad-Gita, The Yoga Sutras, and was deep into meditation and yoga. The paintings are very much about what it was like for me to go beyond the surfaces of things - to concentrate so intently on the fine detail and structure of a meditational object - on any object, really, any perceptual reality - that all of its surface sensory qualities, its conventional meanings and uses, its psychological associations and conceptual significance, all begin to move, breath, vibrate, break up, and fall away. That's when you start to realize how much of "ordinary" reality is nothing more than a subjective mental construct. When the surfaces of perceptual reality start to hum and crack open to reveal what lies beyond them, that's where the deep insights live that are beyond words or concepts. I view all of my work from that period as signposts that point the way to a deeper reality that by definition can't be depicted or described. It was a tremendously fertile time for me. I was drawing, painting, reading, writing, listening to music constantly, and hanging out with people whose own productivity and seriousness about cognitive investigation inspired me."
*"Almost all of the people I knew at that time who were experimenting with psychedelics were considerably older than me, and virtually all of them had absolutely traumatizing, earth-shattering, often very painful psychedelic experiences in which all of their assumptions about reality were rooted out, blown out of the water. I saw people being completely cut loose from their conventional moorings, from the orderly, 1950s conceptual schemes in which they'd been raised. I think many people got lost because the cognitive foundations of their lives had been shattered and they didn't know which way to turn, what to hang on to. Nonconformity, oppositionality, spontaneity, sheer silliness became ends in themselves because there were often no deeper values to replace the false conventional ones that had been displaced. People got sidetracked into nonconformity and spontaneity then just as they get sidetracked into sex and power now. My own experiences were earth-shaking enough, but always positive and powerful - nowhere near as traumatizing as what those around me were going through. I think my youth protected me. Because I was too young to have many settled or rigid beliefs, it didn't feel so threatening to have them undermined."
*MG: "Do you feel that psychedelic experiences had a fall out in politics?" AP: "Yes, definitely. It caused middle-class white kids to look critically at themselves, their values, and the society they had inherited. Those are the people who are now in their 50s and running the world, both on the right and on the left. There's a connection between the interest in eastern philosophy of the 1960s and New Age conceptions of health care now; between the Jesus Freaks of the 1960s and American Christian Fundamentalism now, between the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s and Feminism now, between countercultural communities of the 1960s and leftist, communitarian politics now; and between the organic food/back-to-the-land movements of the 1960s and the environmental movement now. All of those 1960s trends were influenced by psychedelics, and all of them are showing up in political forms now."
[h2] Polanski, Roman [/h2]
Roman Polanski is a French-born film director, producer, writer and actor.
[h2] Rantala, Riku [/h2]
Riku Rantala is a Finnish journalist, best known from traveling series Madventures. In 2008 Riku Rantala was selected as the best male TV-person in the finnish Kultainen TV (literally Golden TV) awards. In the same event Madventures won the best television programme of 2008 award. Both awards were decided in a vote by television viewers.
*In Madventures's third seasons first episode Riku and his colleague Tunna travel to Tabatinga in Brazilian Amazon and have ayahuasca in guidance of a local shaman Don Francisco. "...Slowly because of the singing I could actually start to let loose. I was in a storm of visions and thoughts. But I felt just curious to watch those horrible things. They were not scaring me at all. The most horrifying part was seeing my mother dead and the body rottening also. It's natural, we all will die, I will die, everyone I love will die someday. I saw the shaman telling me that be brave and keep your head up. And I've always been a little bit shy person. In the mean time I also think about liberating myself from the necessity of being brave. That was actually the main thing. I could get rid of any necessity."
*"By the end of the experience I had to go to the outhouse... The diarrea filled paper in my hand morphed into thousand asteroids and I was just thinking that this is pretty fucking far out." Freely translated from the finnish DVD commentary track of the third seasons first episode.
[h2] Rather, Dan [/h2]
Dan Rather is a journalist and former news anchor for the CBS Evening News and is now managing editor and anchor of a television news magazine, Dan Rather Reports.
*"According to journalist Cliff Jahr, Rather said, "As a reporter - and I don't want to say that that's the only context - I've tried everything. I can say to you with confidence, I know a fair amount about LSD. I've never been a social user of any of these things, but my curiosity has carried me into a lot of interesting areas."
[h2] Redding, Noel [/h2]
Noel Redding was an English rock and roll guitarist best known as the bassist for The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
*"I personally think that a lot of people who have mental problems etc. could be helped with something like that under supervision. It would help them. The LSD situation is only a catalyst to the brain, as the brain has all that stuff anyway, because it's the subconscious that comes out. It opens the same channels as those opened by yoga etc, but one has to be careful."
[h2] Rettig, Tommy [/h2]
Tommy Rettig was an American child actor and computer software engineer and author. Rettig is best remembered for having portrayed the character "Jeff Miller" in the first three seasons of CBS's Lassie television series, from 1954-1957.
*"Aside from alcohol and nicotine, LSD was the first drug l ever took."
[h2] Rich, Adam [/h2]
Adam Rich is an American actor.
*At 12, he was smoking pot (he was arrested for marijuana possession in 1983); at 14, dropping LSD; at 15, snorting cocaine. He dropped out of Chatsworth High School in 1986 and did...nothing. "I was just too busy having a good time," he says. "My agent would call with job offers, and I would tell him, 'I don't want to work. I'm on vacation.'"
[h2] Rogan, Joe [/h2]
Joe Rogan is an American comedian and actor.
*"Everybody in their life, if you live, you know, and you haven't had a heavy psychedelic experience, and you haven't gone in an isolation tank, you've missed out. You've missed out on a huge chunk of what life really is. Life is a massive fucking mystery, and there's only a few different ways to really crack below the surface of that mystery, and the best way is psychedelics, and the heavier the psychedelic the better, and guess what, no one's dying from psychedelics. All our thoughts on psychedelics are all based on bullshit propaganda that we heard about people you know, going crazy, or losing their mind's eye. You're not gonna go crazy, you're gonna go fuckin' sane, alright, all that stuff is gonna remove your ego, and it’s gonna explain to you what the world is really all about." --
[h2] Rutterford, Alex [/h2]
Alex Rutterford is a British director and graphic designer working mostly on music videos.
*"I can quite firmly say that the genesis came from an interesting experience on LSD once, in about 96, 97. If you’ve taken a few trips and seen that kind of geometrical stuff, then the film’s not too dissimilar from [the one I saw] in my head. And the shit I saw was just fucking incredible. I wish I could have one of those virtual film head sets that you could just plug in, have that trip and just record it, cause the material that I had in my head could last me several lifetimes. It’s just bonkers but you forget about it after a while, it becomes a soft memory, just dissipates out and you just can’t remember it anymore."
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[h2] Santana, Carlos [/h2]
Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947) is a Mexican-born American Grammy Award-winning rock musician and guitarist.
*"What people call psychedelic music is basically entering a door--a different door of perception--which brings me to the saying, "You cannot behave appropriately unless you perceive correctly." This is why "Shaman" is important. When the European people came to America, the first thing they killed was the shamans, because they knew that those guys knew too much and they wanted to make people deaf, dumb and blind. Same with Africa. This way, they'll indoctrinate you with the Christian thing, but you cannot have access to Christ unless you go through them. Psychedelic music liberates you from that kind of thinking. Even Cary Grant took LSD under supervision! I always tell people there's a big difference between drugs, which man makes, and medicine, which Mother Earth makes. There's a big distinction there. I think they should legalize medicine and they should outlaw drugs. Anheuser-Busch is a drug; cigarettes are a drug. Anything that imprisons you is a drug; anything that liberates you is medicine. But we're just too advanced for a lot of people still! I can tell that when I open my mouth people are afraid, because their sense of right and wrong is still in a little box. But I'm comfortable with my existence, and the things that I did learn from mescaline and LSD, I don't regret one trip. I learned so much from each one--as far as all is one, to feel someone else's pain, to feel connectedness. There is something about the terminology "visit yourself." In our music, we try to do that even today--transport people to a place where you're not afraid and you don't have anger or fear. Music remains the most potent psychedelic force, from Beethoven to Jimi Hendrix. I equate it with a snake shedding skin: Every time that I took [a trip], I got rid of some luggage that I really didn't need and I got rid of some things that weren't me anymore, that didn't fit. I cleaned my closet a lot and got rid of clothes that weren't me anymore, and I learned a lot. But the thing that makes the most sense is John Coltrane's music and Bob Marley's music."
[h2] Sartre, Jean-Paul [/h2]
Jean-Paul Sartre was a French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the leading figures in 20th century French philosophy and Existentialism, and his work continues to influence further fields such as sociology and literary studies.
*Simone de Beauvoir reports in "The Prime of Life", pp. 169-170, that Jean-Paul Sartre had a medically supervised mescaline injection in 1935 along with an intern. Sartre reported seeing lobsters, orangutans, and houses gnashing their jaws - and the intern reported virtually romping through a meadow full of nymph.
*Thomas Riedlinger speculates that Sartres nightmarish mescaline visions, which clung to him for months after, became the inspiration for his acclaimed novel Nausea that he wrote in 1938 and which helped him win the 1964 Nobel Prize for Literature (which he refused). - Gnosis magazine no. 26. 1993 & Grob, Charles S. (Editor)(2002). Hallucinogens: A Reader. Two Classic Trips: Jean-Paul Sartre and Adelle Davis by Thomas Riedlinger.
[h2] Schneider, Maria [/h2]
Maria Schneider is a French actress.
*"The success made me go mad. I got into drugs - pot and then cocaine, LSD and heroin - it was like an escape from reality. It was the Seventies and at that time, it was all going on. I didn't enjoy being famous at all and drugs were my escape. I took pills to try and commit suicide but I survived because God decided it wasn't the time for me to go. I suppose it was like a suicide when I overdosed two or three times on drugs, but each time I woke up when the ambulance arrived."
[h2] Sacks, Oliver [/h2]
Oliver Sacks is a British neurologist residing in New York City. He is a professor of neurology, psychiatry and writing at Columbia University, where he also holds the title of Columbia Artist.
*"Sacks: Hume wondered whether one can imagine a color that one has never encountered. One day in 1964, I constructed a sort of pharmacological mountain, and at its peak, I said, "I want to see indigo, now!" As if thrown by a paintbrush, a huge, trembling drop of purest indigo appeared on the wall — the color of heaven. For months after that, I kept looking for that color. It was like the lost chord."
*"Then I went to a concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the first half, they played the Monteverdi Vespers, and I was transported. I felt a river of music 400 years long running from Monteverdi's mind into mine. Wandering around during the interval, I saw some lapis lazuli snuffboxes that were that same wonderful indigo, and I thought, "Good, the color exists in the external world." But in the second half I got restless, and when I saw the snuffboxes again, they were no longer indigo — they were blue, mauve, pink. I've never seen that color since.**
*"It took a mountain of amphetamine, mescaline, and cannabis to launch me into that space. But Monteverdi did it too."
[h2] Sherinian, Derek [/h2]
Derek Sherinian is an American rock and fusion keyboardist.
*'''Paragon Music Magazine''': Some people use up half of their lives trying to find that one thing, that one job that makes them the happiest. You obviously have found your ideal job, but how long did it take you to realize that this is what you wanted for yourself? '''Derek''': I think it was when I first starting experimenting with LSD when I was in my early teens, when I came to the epiphany that I wanted to do this forever.
[h2] Shirley, John [/h2]
John Shirley is an American science fiction and horror writer of novels, short stories, and television & film scripts.
*"Not tripping on acid most of the time -- just now and then. (I am sure acid slowed my maturation as a writer.) What Clarion did was give me objective viewpoints on my stuff, inured me (as much as I know how to be) to editorial input, kicked my whiny little writer's ego in the ass a few times which is very necessary. It exposed me to the wisdom of numerous talented fellows like Harlan and Robert Silverberg and the late Avram Davidson. Ursula LeGuin was there, too, and I'm sure I learned from her."
[h2] Silva, Alan [/h2]
Alan Silva is an American free jazz double bassist and keyboard player.
*"I knew Timothy Leary, and I was an advocate of LSD - I was absolutely a psychedelic person."
[h2] Silverman, Sarah [/h2]
Sarah Silverman is an American comedienne, writer, actress, singer, and musician.
*"I used to like all that stuff, mushrooms, acid. I think I was high from nineteen to twenty-one years old. It was the best time. I remember the first time I tripped, in Washington Square Park [in New York]. All of a sudden we heard explosions and we thought we were at war -- we forgot it was July 3rd. We went to a cafe and got hot chocolate with all these homeless people who we had made friends with.
*Finally we got back to my apartment, which was painted dark purple to match my bong. We got on my bed, and my friend started freaking out a little. I had strawberries on my sheets, and I was like, 'It's all right, let's just go strawberry picking,' and he was like, 'It is all right.' Joe Jackson's 'A Slow Song' was playing at that very moment. And then we listened to Squeeze Singles for the rest of the day, and we played in the shower with our clothes on." She shakes her head. "God! We were so free."
[h2] Simmons, Russell [/h2]
Russell Simmons is an American entrepreneur, the co-founder, with Rick Rubin, of the pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam, and creator of the clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and American Classics.
*"This need for money would also resurface in Simmons later business ventures. Simmons would continue to sell drugs and use them heavily throughout his high school years and well into his college years. Simmons’ last semester of high school consisted of taking LSD nearly everyday and smoking PCP regularly. For Simmons these drugs made him happy (Simmons and George, 2001, 32)"
[h2] Simon, Paul [/h2]
Paul Simon is an American singer-songwriter, known for his success beginning in 1965 as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel.
*"Spirit Voices is really based on event that happened to me on a trip into the Amazon. We went to see a bruho. It's like a witch doctor, a spiritualist doctor. A witch doctor has the wrong connotation. His function was that he was a doctor, but he was treating people with herbs and prayers and chants - he wasn't saying take 2 aspirin and call me in the morning. It was traditional Indian medicine. We were on a boat and one of the engineers on the boat knew a little Indian village and knew a bruho maybe half a mile into the jungle or something. First he sang. He sand for a long time, chanted over different patients and he sang these beautiful melodies. They were amazon river melodies which I tried to remember but I couldn’t remember them.
*Ah - and then they made up this brew called iawasco made out of roots and herbs which you drank and they said the anaconda will appear to you, know like a boa constrictor, and you will see that in a vision - don’t be alarmed it’s a vision and then you will be able to see into yourself and recognise whatever the illness is and so will the doctor. Then he asked my friend was there something that was ailing her, and she said that she had this problem, and he said he had a solution for the problem, and then, this is all through an interpreter, then he said was there something that was bothering me. But actually there wasn’t really anything that was bothering me except like my elbow was bothering me, so I said my elbow is really bothering me and he said that’s nothing".
[h2] Sklar-Weinstein, Arlene [/h2]
Arlene Sklar-Weinstein, artist.
*Sklar-Weinstein, who was a professional artist before she took LSD, made drastic changes in the style and content of her work after a single psychedelic experience. She told the authors in an interview, ‘…the LSD made available again the ‘lost and forgotten’ visual modalities one has as a child.’
[h2] Slick, Grace [/h2]
Grace Slick is an American singer and songwriter, who was one of the lead singers of the rock groups The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship.
*"Taking acid allows you to see there are many ways of seeing, feeling, and thinking, other than the one you came in with. In other words, it’s not rigid. That’s the Republican deal. One of the deals is people who have taken acid generally don’t turn into Republicans. Not always, there are always a few. One of the Chicago Seven guys came out a Wall Street guy, Jerry Rubin. He became a stockbroker, I think it was. But most people who have taken acid tend to see that you don’t have to have a rigid existence. So that’s where that helped broaden your idea of how things are. In other words, we see a certain way. I could get everybody in a room to look at this air conditioner, and it’s cream colored, and everyone would agree on that, because that’s the way we’re set up. But if you put a different chemical in there, maybe we’re not set up like that. If I take acid, that goddamn air conditioner could be blue. It changes how you see even. I mean, the only thing alcohol does, is it fucks up your vision, so you have to close one eye to see on the freeway and stuff, but it does not give you the information that we are just a bunch of chemicals operating. And those chemicals can operate all different kinds of ways. So not just the air conditioner, but the philosophy that you came in with, and that you’re aware of, and used to, the religion, the philosophy, the training you’ve had, question it. Always question it, because it doesn’t have to be that way. It can be any goddamn way you want it to be. [There are] many other consciousnesses. So you can run it any way you want to run it." --
[h2] Spheeris, Penelope [/h2]
Penelope Spheeris is an American director, producer, and screenwriter.
*mentions taking LSD
[h2] Sprinkle, Annie [/h2]
Annie Sprinkle is an American former prostitute, stripper, pornographic actress, cable television host, porn magazine editor, writer and sex film producer. Currently, Sprinkle works as a performance artist and sex educator.
[h2] Stanhope, Doug [/h2]
Doug Stanhope is an American stand-up comedian.
*"Don't just eat a mushroom stem and see colors, eat the whole bag and see God one time in your life. A real God! Not some storybook bullshit God that's been fucking kicked in your head for the last 2000 years that you just accept with no logic what so ever, a real God that works for you. Everytime you deny your own logic, deny your own instincts, you deny your own God you fucking moron."
[h2] Stern, Howard [/h2]
Howard Stern is an American radio and media personality most notable for his radio show.
*"I thank god that I didn't lose my mind the night I took four hits of blotter acid. And I know this OCD kicked in after the blotter acid, I know I was sick as a dog, and I know a chunk of my brain went out the window when I did this. If I could get any message out there to kids, I would say "Please don't take acid. I know you're gonna try pot, but don't take these horrible hard drugs. Because I'm telling you your brain will never recover. I'm convinced of this. And I took that acid, and after that I was so fucking crazy - that stupid movie came out, 2001: Space Odyssey. I took acid again. After that acid experience, and then the 2001 experience, it dawned on me that this wasn't going to be my life anymore. The 2001 was actually a good experience, because I only took the proper amount. I had overdosed [before]. Four is insane. I wanna see anyone take four and survive. They were going to take me to the hospital because I couldn't get my brain together. Couldn't see, couldn't do anything. I was on another planet."
*"I overdosed, and my brain was on fire. I didn't sleep for days. I couldn't stop hallucinating. When I closed my eyes it got worse. I would go to read something - the letters would close up and dance away. It was scary. I was scared out of my mind. Thank god my roommate, he was there and held onto me for the night."
*"That scared me so much that I realize something's wrong here. This is crazy!"
*"You have to have this inner strenght that once you see the light, you cut it all out. Only a shithead would continue on in this fashion - when you see what it's doing to you. I stopped - I'm not a shithead."
[h2] Stiller, Ben [/h2]
Ben Stiller is an American comedian, actor, writer, film director, and producer.
*[about his first LSD experience]: "It was scary. A bad, bad trip. The first and last time I ever did it. I freaked out and called my parents, who were in Los Angeles doing an episode of 'The Love Boat'. They just had no experience of it, they had no idea how to calm me down. My dad said, 'Oh I understand what you're going through, I smoked a cigarette when I was ten, and I was sick for two days.' I was saying, 'No, no, dad, it's not like that.'"
[h2] Sting [/h2]
Gordon Sumner is an English musician and actor.
*"I have never had a genuine religious experience. I say this with some regret. I have paid lip service to the idea, certainly, but a devastating, ego-destroying, ontological epiphany I simply have not had. More devout souls than I may have visited this realm through prayer, meditation, fasting, or from undergoing a near-death experience. Religious literature is full of such visionary claims, and while I've no reason to doubt their veracity, I would venture to say that such experiences are rare. For every St. Teresa, Ezekiel, or William Blake, there are millions like me with no direct experience of the transcendent, of the eternal, of the fathomless mystery at the root of all religious thought. But the ayahuasca has brought me close to something, something fearful and profound and deadly serious."
*"I may be out of my gourd, but I seem to be perceiving the world on a molecular level, where the normal barriers that separate "me" from everything else have been removed, as if every leaf, every blade of grass, every nodding flower is reaching out, every insect calling to me, every star in the clear sky sending a direct beam of light to the top of my head. This sensation of connectedness is overwhelming. It's like floating in a buoyant limitless ocean of feeling that I can't really begin to describe unless I evoke the word love."
*"Before this experience I would have used the word to separate what I love from everything I don't love - us not them, heroes from villains, friend from foe, everything in life separated and distinct like walled cities or hilltop fortresses jealously guarding their hoard of separateness. Now all is swamped in this tidal wave of energy which grounds the skies to the earth so that every particle of matter in and around me is vibrant with significance. Everything around me seems in a state of grace and eternal. And strangest of all is that such grandiose philosophizing seems perfectly appropriate in this context, as if the spectacular visions have opened a doorway to another world of frankly cosmic possibilities." -- from the book "Broken music".
[h2] Stone, Matt [/h2]
Matt Stone is an American screenwriter, producer, voice artist, musician and actor, best known for being the co-creator of South Park along with creative partner Trey Parker.
*"SOUTH Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker say their bizarre decision to dress in drag and sashay down the red carpet at the 2000 Oscars was made easy - thanks to LSD. "We took acid and tripped," Stone tells the November issue of FHM. "It seemed like the right day - drop acid and get on the red carpet in a dress." But lest anybody think he's a druggie, Stone adds, "I haven't taken acid since then."
[h2] Stone, Oliver [/h2]
Oliver Stone is an American film director and screenwriter.
*"I like ayahuasca. And I liked LSD, and I liked peyote,"
[h2] Strummer, Joe [/h2]
Joe Strummer was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead singer of the English punk rock band The Clash.
* "Joe Strummer - The Future Is Unwritten documentary" includes film clips of Strummer and The Clash dropping LSD.
[h2] Summers, Andy [/h2]
Andy Summers is an English guitarist and composer best known for his work in The Police.
*book "One Train Later"
[h2] Taipale, Vappu [/h2]
Vappu Taipale is Finnish doctor of medicine and surgery. She was the chief executive officer of Finnish National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health (STAKES in finnish) from 1992 to 2008, the year of her retirement. Before that she worked as social- and healtminister as well as the chief executive officer of Finnish Social- and healtboard, the predecessor of STAKES. She lectures in Tampere University's School of Public Healt specialising in child- and youthpsychiatry as well as in Kuopio University specialising in childrens psychiatry.
* Told in Ylioppilaslehti's interview that her graduate years were full on party and that she also got acquainted to LSD
* In Ilta-Sanomat interview she told that trying LSD was well worth it. Ilta-Sanomat 9.5.2001
[h2] Tarantino, Quentin [/h2]
Quentin Jerome Tarantino is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and actor.
*"The first time I went to the Great Wall of China it was like an all-night rave. They had rock bands, fireworks. We were smoking pot and doing E. It was great. Me and a bunch of the crew partied like rock stars all night. It's a great way to see the wall the first time."
[h2] Tarcher, Jeremy [/h2]
Jeremy Tarcher is an american publisher and the owner of Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc., a book publisher and imprint of Penguin Group focused primarily on mind, body and spiritualism titles.
*"I've spoken with hundreds of people who've used these substances. Men who are prominent in psychology, in the sciences. Men who will testify to the benefits of these drugs, but who would never speak out publicly for fear of ruining their careers. I have an absolute conviction, from personal experience, that these drugs hold a potential for evolution and education. Some of these new drugs are so extraordinary, so useful, that there is no question that they will convince people of their essentially benign quality beyond the ability of the media and the government to tell them otherwise." -- in the book Storming heaven: LSD and the American dream by Jay Stevens
[h2] Thompson, Caroline [/h2]
Caroline Thompson is an American novelist, screenwriter, film director, and producer.
*"And the other thing was I discovered LSD, and that somehow made everything make sense for me, where the world is a much stranger place than we know. And going on those drug journeys, which I did a lot, really just opened it up and made me happy in how weird the world was, as opposed to afraid of how weird it is. I think fear is the thing that keeps people so tight. Self-consciousness and fear. So I didn't have the self-consciousness of being separated as a 'brainiac' and somehow I got over my fear of the surreality of the planet. I loved taking LSD, but I don't have any urge now; I think I'm too old. I couldn't surrender the way I could when I was a teenager, and I got it at just the right time in my life."
[h2] Toback, James [/h2]
James Toback is an American screenwriter and film director.
*"It's the lingering memory of my LSD flip-out in 1965, when I was 19 and a sophomore at this august institution of learning. Although I was doing well at Harvard, an undergraduate who 'had everything going for him,' I knew that my drug consumption was taking over my life. I couldn't get through the morning without getting high. I would roll out of bed, brush my teeth, maybe smoke a joint laced with hash."
*The antidote for this lowly dependency? LSD!
*"I went to Switzerland and got it from the Sanders Laboratory, and I put it in sugar cubes. I felt, having read Aldous Huxley, Robert Graves, and the Tibetan Book of the Dead, that I was going to the outer edge of my consciousness. Why live in a box when I could live without limits? And this would cure me, paradoxically, of my drug entrapment, of this embarrassing, petty enslavement.
*"I did go way out, but I didn't realize I couldn't go back. This was two years after Leary, and I had taken the largest dose ever to that time!"
*For the first nine hours, Toback felt ecstatic. But his acid trip dragged on and on and on. For eight days.
*"There's no way of expressing through words what happened. The self left, and the self is tied to language. The odds were that I would commit suicide, gladly blow my brains out on a bridge and go into the Charles. But what if I did that and still existed afterward? If you had guaranteed my death, I'd have grabbed it."
[h2] Torgoff, Martin [/h2]
Martin Torgoff is an author and documentary filmmaker.
"*When my friends and I first starting doing drugs in the late '60s, we were making not just a statement about the experience of the substance, but a statement about lifestyle, politics, spiritual values, communitarian values. If you smoked marijuana, you were against the war in Vietnam, and you listened to a certain kind of music -- the psychedelic music, the Beatles. But it also had to do with a life philosophy. In the beginning it was all about opening to things -- to yourself, to the world of the senses, a kind of creative potential. It made you see and feel things differently. There was a philosophy around it of peace and brotherhood -- all the clichés."
*"But by 1973, suddenly the pharmacopoeia opened wide. Although most of us had tried coke before we left school, it really hit the scene by '77-'78, and followed us right into the arena of work and careers as we got older and had more discretionary income. The values it promulgated were antithetical to pot and psychedelics -- you'd never think of staying up three days in a row smoking weed. It became the preferred substance of lawyers and stockbrokers, and that pretty much sums it up. It promoted an ego-driven culture of greed, exclusion, conspicuous consumption and corruption. Perhaps the closest thing to a Republican drug of choice."
*"When I stopped doing drugs in 1989, I had a tangled web of feelings about them. I was uncomfortable with recreational drug use, but also equally uncomfortable with the creed of abstinence. And then I was uncomfortable with the "be smart don't start" anti-drug phenomenon. I wanted to go back to the sources to see how all the attitudes about drugs -- both for and against -- formed in this country. I wanted to know how we went from marijuana and psychedelics, drugs that opened things and appealed to your senses -- to coke and Quaaludes, drugs that numbed you and were really about ego, in which your pleasure centers lie to you and tell you that you're experiencing pleasure. I wanted to understand how all of this affected my life, my generation, and the whole culture at large."
"There was a continuum that went from psychedelic culture of the '60s to the MDMA culture of the '90s. It had to do with mostly the different nature of the substances. LSD was a wild roller coaster ride -- like ripping your soul out and throwing it down on the kitchen table and staring at it for six hours in its bloodiest state."
"Ecstasy is a totally different thing, but it had a value and power in shaping the sensibility of a generation. It was the antithesis of the self-interested cocaine culture of the '80s. For one thing, it was about being with other people and really empathizing with them. The thing that always struck me about the raves were the love-flushed faces and beatific grins, and the hugging and affirmation between people. Except for certain dimensions of the recovery self-help culture, I really hadn't seen anything like that since the be-ins and happenings of my youth. And then when I heard the tenets of the rave movement -- Peace, Love, Unity and Respect -- I began to realize that there was something going on that was much greater than just people taking drugs."
[h2] Trudeau, Margaret [/h2]
Margaret Trudeau is the former wife of the late Pierre Trudeau, the 15th Prime Minister of Canada.
*"I did try mescaline one day, and spent eight hours sitting up a tree wishing I were a bird."
[h2] Vawter, Ron [/h2]
Ron Vawter was an American actor and a founding member of The Wooster Group. The Wooster Group is a New York City-based experimental theater company known for creating numerous original dramatic works.
*"When I first worked for the Performing Garage, it was as an administrator. I wanted to get out of the military—I was taking a lot of LSD at the time—and Spalding (Gray) and Liz (LeCompte) really helped me."
[h2] Wainwright III, Loudon [/h2]
Loudon Wainwright III is an American songwriter, folk singer, humorist, and actor.
*"And, now I'm moving my father's car, and I'm looking in the mirror and all of a sudden I catch a glimpse of my grandfather that I didn't know. We had taken some LSD the morning before."
[h2] Walden, Patricia [/h2]
Patricia Walden is yoga teacher.
*"How did you get to San Francisco? Before I went to California, I lived in a commune with writers. LSD was a door opener for me. I read about San Francisco, Allen Ginsberg, and a way of living freely. I went to San Francisco with a totally open heart. I thought I’d find gold—enlightenment, a community. It didn’t turn out that way. When I arrived, the hippie era had gone dark—people were doing hard drugs like methamphetamines. For some years I shot heroin. I’m fortunate I’m alive."
[h2] Wallace, Bob [/h2]
Bob Wallace was the ninth Microsoft employee, first popular user of the term shareware, creator of the word processing program PC-Write, founder of the software company Quicksoft, activist, philanthropist and an "online drug guru" who devoted much time and money into the research of psychedelic drugs.
*" I think the success is Silicon Valley in the early personal computer industry had a lot to do with the people using psychedelic stand. The Humber computer club was the real core of the start of the personal computer industry outside of Microsoft and many of the people there were involved in psychedelics. I think it was opening up their minds. The big quandary for software companies was getting into the marketplace, finding shelf-space, but there was a new way of doing that I thought of called shareware, and I think the concept was very unusual and I think the concept came, to some extent, from my psychedelic experience. In shareware you give away the software and then you encourage people to pay for it and even though a low percentage of people might pay for it, so many people use it that the percentage return back is normally pretty good, so that worked, that worked pretty well."
*"I think psychedelics help you in general go beyond the normal way of doing things and to really open up your mind to more possibilities that maybe seem obvious in retrospect but you'd never think of if you were going along in the regular way of doing things." from BBC's documentary "Psychedelic Science"
*"At that time, Bob became interested in helping fund the scientific investigation of psychedelic plants and chemicals. He had first experiened cannabis and various psychedelics in college and believed they had potential as a method of mind expansion."
*"I think most people take psychedelics as a way to get an extreme change in perspective, comparable to (say) a trip to India (or even the moon), but with (overall) less cost in time, money, and risk. Many people really like novelty, and will risk discomfort or even possible terror to avoid boredom. A smaller but significant number find a psychedelic, taken in an appropriate setting, really helps them "connect" to some kind of spiritual center, and/or shows them aspects of themself they could not otherwise (practically) find out."
*"Another perspective, one more motivating for me, is the idea that the mind/brain is the most important yet least well understood thing on the planet; that we're in the "information age" but we don't understand the new basis of our civilization, the mind/brain. The psychedelics have easily the most profound effects on many "higher" mind areas (cognition, creativity, spirituality, empathy, etc.) and yet the "drug war" has supressed much research."
*"I almost never discuss my own experiences, partly to avoid legal risks, partly because one individual's personal experiences are not the best basis for helping people with questions..."
*"Partly the psychedelics tend to "loosen the boundaries" between conscious and subconscious thoughts. A lot of "bad trips" are when (say) previously surpressed memories, say of child abuse, surface during the experience. Partly any new and challenging experience helps people learn about their ability to cope, their courage, etc. (much like, say, mountain climbing)."
[h2] Warhol, Andy [/h2]
Andy Warhol was an American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.
[h2] Weil, Dr. Andrew [/h2]
Dr. Andrew Weil is an American author and physician, best known for establishing and popularizing the field of integrative medicine.
*"I took LSD," he says. "I was in a wonderful outdoor setting. I felt terrific and, in the midst of this, a cat came up to me and crawled into my lap. I did not have an allergic reaction to it and I never did since." Weil says that some allergies are learned. "That gave me the idea that [taking LSD] would be a great way to teach people to unlearn allergies," he says. "If the drugs were legal, I think I would recommend that some patients do it."
*"One of the things we've done foolishly is that we've made these drugs intensely interesting to young people by forbidding them and exaggerating their dangers. And it's very interesting to be in a culture where there's zero curiosity on the part of kids about these substances, and in that tribe there were no laws regulating that usage. There was a group consensus, a process of social learning."
[h2] White, Robb [/h2]
Robb White was a writer of screenplays, television scripts, and adventure novels.
*"Robb White had experimented with LSD at UCLA after hearing about it from Aldous Huxley and decided to work it into the script as well. It is the first depiction of LSD use in a major motion picture. At the time the drug was still legal. The title of the book Vincent Price reads before taking LSD "Fright Effects Induced By Injection Of Lysergic Acid LSD25" is printed on the back cover of the book, not the front. This appears to have been done intentionally for a better shot for the expositional title of the book explaining the effects of LSD to the audience."
[h2] Williams, Andy [/h2]
Andy Williams is an American pop singer.
*"So I went up there and under those specific, controlled conditions I did the LSD. I couldn’t have told you, at the time, what I got out of it exactly, except that when I got through with it I really began to feel that not too many things were really that important. Just a few things like your children, honour, integrity and faith. But all the rest suddenly struck me as bullshit and learning that, through LSD, did help me a lot. So at this stage in my life nothing bothers me very much. I don’t get upset when people gossip about me, don’t like my work. Things like that just aren’t that important."
*"It was interesting," the Moon River crooner said. "You go back and see yourself being born, see yourself pooping in your diapers, you go through a lot of stuff. It changed me - I came out realizing that the only things important to me were family, friends and love. Maybe that's why I'm so cool."
*"I experienced the things that most people did when taking psychedelic drugs – the intensely heightened senses, the beauty of colours and sounds, the contrasting phases of feeling. One moment, I would feel like I was a lord of the cosmos, the next I would be focused on a microscopic detail – a coloured thread fluttering in the breeze, or specks of dust hanging in the air."
*LSD gave me powerful feelings of euphoria – some sex-related – but also a sense of fear and despair. During one session I was even born again – not in the evangelical sense, but in believing I was experiencing the very painful physical sensations of birth."
*"I’m not sure if LSD did me any good, but one thing did come out of my stay at the clinic."
[h2] Williams, Esther [/h2]
Esther Williams is a retired American competitive swimmer and a movie star.
*"LSD seemed like instant psychoanalysis. With my eyes closed, I felt my tension and resistance ease away as the hallucinogen swept through me. Then, without warning, I went right to the place where the pain lay in my psyche." in her book The Million Dollar Mermaid: An Autobiography, also
[h2] Williams, Robbie [/h2]
Robbie Williams is an English singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and multi-instrumentalist.
*"It was at Shelleys (nightclub) where I had my first acid experience. We were in Golden Hill, in someone’s kitchen probably. I was given a tiny piece of paper to ingest. E’s were too expensive for the Potteries. £15 – who could afford that? There was a band called the Prodigy performing that night and I thought they were really good. Afterwards we drove up to the garage and the police were on the forecourt. S**t, I thought. I want to go home, I’m scared. There is only one place I want to be – at home with my mum. But even the safety of home proved little comfort for the hallucinating teenager. "American footballs were coming out of the TV. So I decided to go downstairs and stab myself. Mum came out of her room and said, "What are you doing?" "I’m just going downstairs to stab myself – do you want a cup of tea?" I said."
[h2] Wilson, Bill [/h2]
William Griffith Wilson, also known as Bill Wilson or Bill W., was the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.
[h2] Wilson, Robert Anton [/h2]
Robert Anton Wilson was an American author of 35 influential books, became, at various times, a novelist, philosopher, essayist, editor, playwright, futurist, libertarian and self-described agnostic mystic.
*"Now imagine these gigabytes of information entering your brain not in two years, but in two nanoseconds, and radiating not just from this page but from the fruit on the table, the wall paint, the pencil, the cars passing in the street..... and the furthest stars. That's why LSD has altered the world for so many of us in the last 60 years. Like English poet William Blake we have found "infinity in a grain of sand" and the deeper we look, the deeper the abyss grows. And like Nietzsche, we often suspect that as we gaze into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into us......"
*"LSD seems to suspend the imprinted and conditioned brain circuits that normally control pereption/emotion/thought, allowing a flood -- an ocean -- of new information to break through. The experience will seem either very frightening or exileratingly educational, depending on how rigidly you previously believed your current map contained "all" the universe. Since I learned that no model equals the totallity of experience long before I tried LSD, I never had a bad trip; but I have seen enough anxiety atttacks and downright wig-outs in cases of the naive and dogmatic that I have never favored or advocated LSD's promiscuous use by the general population. As J.R. "Bob'' Dobbs says, "You know how dumb the average ccitizen is? Well, mathematically, by definition, half of them are even dumber than that.""
*"While splashing about and trying not to drown in this ocean of new information, you generally experience a second LSD surprise: an explosion of newfound energy within your own body. Whether you call this kundalini or bio-electricity or orgone or libido or Life Force, it can trigger muscle spasms, unbridled Eros or just "warm and melting" sensations -- or all three in succession, or all three almost simultaneously -- usually followed by something loosely called "near-death experience" or "out of body experience." Again, this can seem either psychotically terrifying or "religiously" ecstatic, and can imprint short-or--long-term tendecies toward paranoia ["everything wants to destroy me"] or metanoia ["everything wants to help me."] In either case, one tends to retain a heightened awareness of those peculiar coincidences that Jung called synchronicities and Christian conspiracy buffs attribute to hostile occult forces."
*"In my case, after a few years I found myself seemingly forced to choose, not between paranoia and metanoia -- both by then appeared pitiful oversimplifications -- but between mysticism and agnosticism. I solved that problem, for myself anyway, by choosing agnostic mysticism in the tradition of Lao-tse: Something unknown, unspeakable,/ before Earth or sky,/ before life or death,/ I do not know what to call it /So I call it Dao"
*"What do I think we should do with Dr. Hoffman's "problem child"? Well, no commodity becomes safer when its manufacture, sale and distribution all fall into the hands of professional criminals; and prohibition, of alcohol and all other drugs, inevitably has that effect, followed by police corruption and public cynicism. Maybe governments should leave this arena entirely and let professional scientists, medical and otherwise, write the guidelines?" -- LSD, Dogs and Me
*"LSD seems to suspend the imprinted and conditioned brain circuits that normally control perception/emotion/thought, allowing a flood – an ocean – of new information to break through."
[h2] Wilson, Steven [/h2]
Steven John Wilson is a British musician, best known as the founder, lead guitarist, singer and songwriter of progressive rock band Porcupine Tree.
*"The next project I did was the long Voyage 34 single, which was the first time I tried to do something very deliberately contemporary whilst still holding some of those seventies influences at the same time. Probably Voyage 34 is the time when I realized I could make a career out of this, that I realized I could fuse the past, the present and the future into one big chunk of new music rather than a slice of nostalgic pastiche. Although Voyage 34 opened a lot of new doors for me, it is probably the least commercial single of all time and I’ll tell you why. Not only was it very long but it was about LSD. So having LSD as a subject and being thirty minutes long there was no radio station that was going to play it."
[h2] Wozniak, Steve [/h2]
Steve Wozniak is an American computer engineer who founded Apple Computer, Inc. with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne:
*When asked why he was able to design the circuitry and build the Apple computer before anybody else, Steve Wozniak said, "It’s probably because I did more LSD than they did."
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Here's also few ones that are second hand information and can be biased and disputed but interesting to think about
[h2] Crick, Francis [/h2]
Francis Crick was a British molecular biologist, physicist, and neuroscientist, and most noted for being one of two co-discoverers of the structure of the DNA double helix molecule in 1953, together with James D. Watson.
*alleged to have used small doses of LSD; see Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code (Eminent Lives) by Matt Ridley. "Dick Kemp told me he met Francis Crick at Cambridge. Crick had told him that some Cambridge academics used LSD in tiny amounts as a thinking tool, to liberate them from preconceptions and let their genius wander freely to new ideas. Crick told him he had perceived the double-helix shape while on LSD."
[h2] Feynman, Richard [/h2]
Richard Feynman was an American physicist known for the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as work in particle physics.
*claimed (in James Gleick's biography Genius) to have experimented with LSD during professorship at Caltech.
[h2] Sun Ra [/h2]
Born Herman Poole Blount was a prolific jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher.
*"And he LOVED psychedelics. We all did. Hash. Reefer. Acid. Maaaan...Personally, I think he was hooked on the coke. But, he had a special kind of love for LSD."
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meconopsilo is not famous but uses lsd more often than human beings should. cant help it. not that i have a problem with it but meconopsilo needs to slow down. i think hes been up for 3 days now !! jesus gecko agrees on slowing down but suggest stopping for a good while and showing more respect for such a bueatiful molecule
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gotta love some hoffman btw anyone ever actually read any of his works ? meconopsilo will most likely forget which thread to come back to but as he only sleeps when jesus gecko is up its ok bc jesus gecko retains everything it sees. wow this has nothing to do with the thread. ok to be totally honest im scared shitless to sleep bc i have reoccuring dreams im a were wolf. any ideas on this ???
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^in reference to the OP about dock ellis- he pitched one of the best games in history after dropping 3 hits of acid (didn't realise it was game day, woke up and dosed, then realised he had to play and was like ehh... ill be fine)
pitched a no hitter in a stadium full of people staring at you, under the influence of a strong hallucinogenic? absolutely legendary in my book, dude deserved a medal IMO.
Shane MacGowan of the Pogues took up to 50 tabs of acid a day at one stage in his career. This lead to him eating a Beach Boys vinyl ("Greatest Hits Volume 3" to be exact!). He says "I was a very silly boy, I wouldn't recommend anyone to try it, you think your behaving normally but everyone else doesn't". When asked why he ate the Beach Boys record, he states "I thought I was convincing the Russian ambassador of the worthlessness of American imperialism". Hahaha..
I am surprised no one has mentioned Bill Wilson, The founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. He used LSD in conjunction with psychotherapy many many times until his death, and was an advocate of it "for some people." It has caused quite a controversy in AA.
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