Famous LSD Users
Lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD, is a powerful hallucinogenic
and was once used as a psychiatric drug. It has no color or smell,
which makes it hard to detect. LSD produces strong hallucinations
in which the user is perceived to "hear colors" and
"see sounds". It is unpredictable, as it alters the
user's sense of time, and can produce both positive and negative
Because of the drugs psychological and mood altering effects,
many famous people have admitted to using the drug to have extreme
experiences. Many artists, writers, actors and musicians have
experimented with the drug to help heighten their abilities.
In the music world, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Fat Boy Slim,
Jerry Garcia, Jim Morrison and Eminem are just a few musicians
who've admitted to using LSD. In the case of Ray Charles, LSD
essentially gave him "eyes", allowing him to see. Both
Fat Boy Slim and Jerry Garcia are well known users of LSD, and
credit the drug for helping them make music effortlessly. Eminem's
Slim Shady nickname is suspected to have resulted from the rapper's
LSD use, and he's previously used the drug before stage performances.
Several authors have also tripped on acid to help them create
the stories and worlds evident in their writing. Aldous Huxley,
author of Brave New World, experimented with LSD and other psychedelics
while writing the novel, and was injected with LSD at his death.
Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, infamously
founded the Pranksters, who brought festival style Acid Tests
to America courtesy of a bright green bus. Cartoonist Matt Groening
has allegedly dabbled in the drug, as well as the minds behind
South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who link their appearance
in drag on the red carpet at the 2000 Oscars to the effects of
Two famous late comedians, Chris Farley and John Belushi were
also notorious LSD users. Both partied hard and repeatedly used
LSD and other psychedelics to enjoy life. Unfortunately for both,
their lives were cut short due to their partying ways.
Considering the popularity of Apple products, a discussion of
LSD use can't be complete without the mention of Apple founder
Steve Jobs. Jobs has referenced the drug as being "one of
the two or three most important things I've done in [his] life."
Scientist Francis Crick discovered the DNA double helix and credited
LSD in helping with that process.
Harvard psychologist, Timothy Leary is infamous for his psychedelic
drug advocacy. Although conducting them when drugs like LSD were
still legal, Leary and his partner were fired from the university
for their experiments with the drug. Leary truly believed that
psychotropic drugs could be used in therapy to provide patients
treatment that couldn't be offered via traditional methods.
LSD is not just limited to authors and musicians either, as sports
figures also have been documented using the drug. Doc Ellis, a
former pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, claimed to have been
under the influence of LSD when he pitched a no hitter in the
The list above is but a few of the famous people who have used
LSD for various recreational or vocational reasons. Many more
have not come out yet.