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Speaking of tripping on LSD . . .

Posted at 11:32 AM on May 2, 2008 by Sanden Totten (4 Comments)

What do John Lennon, Steve Jobs and Nobel Prize winner Francis Crick all have in common?

Just thought I'd add a few more thoughts on this topic. One reader sent me some interesting evidence in support of LSD's mind expanding powers. First, it was apparently a big influence on Steve Jobs. During his younger years "Jobs experimented with LSD, calling these experiences 'one of the two or three most important things he has done in his life.'"

Genetic Scientist Francis Crick had a breakthrough while tripping. "He often used small doses of LSD . . . to boost his powers of thought. He said it was LSD . . . that helped him to unravel the structure of DNA, the discovery that won him the Nobel Prize."

And while the Beatles song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds wasn't actually about LSD
. . . It's widely thought that the ground breaking Revolver album was heavily inspired by the band's use of the drug.

Pair that with this story from our recent Story Slam. Dave Good tells a tale about one guy who's habit of taking the stuff didn't yield such "positive" effects. Check it out:

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Comments (4)

I think moderation is the key to most things in life. Still, I am very thankful for both my Mac and my DNA.

Posted by Dave Good | May 2, 2008 1:47 PM

One more thing...Cary Grant reall liked it too.

Here is a quote from "his" website about what he learned from the drug:

"For a slow learner, I learned a great deal — and the result of it all was rebirth. A new assessment of life and myself in it. An immeasurably beneficial cleansing of so many needless fears and guilts, and a release of the tensions that had been the result of them. Not a cleansing and release of them all, certainly, for that would be the absolute — the innocence of the newly born baby with an unformed ego still close to God — and I cannot experience the absolute until I have unreservedly returned to the comfort of God.

In life there is no end to getting well. Perhaps death itself is the end to getting well. Or, if you prefer to think as I do, the beginning of being well."

Posted by Dave Good | May 2, 2008 2:00 PM

Wow. I never knew Cary Grant was so deep. LSD must have had some profound effects on the guy, or maybe he was always that way. All I remembered of him was that he wore his pants really high up in North By Northwest and I thought that was strange for an movie star.

Posted by Sanden Totten | May 2, 2008 2:55 PM

The very first time I took LSD, I knew it was no party drug. Sadly, I was seeing it used that way by many when I was in college. I was fortunate in that I met up with a few people along the way who had used/were using it as more of a therapeutic tool. And while I know that many, who see all drugs as invaluable cannot understand, those who have used it therapeutically see an incredible amount of value in it, and I am no exception.

LSD, and psylocibin moreso, led me into finding ways to truly confront the problems in how I had been viewing that world and opened me up to finding the tools in "normal" life that would allow me to keep reaching my potential as a human "being".

While I do not use them anymore (I'm 41 and stopped using them when I was 35), I most definitely have nothing bad to say about the potential of these compounds. Problems only come when we use these drugs without proper "training" and also in cases of pre-existing mental illness.

Posted by garret | May 3, 2008 7:59 AM

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