GHB: What is it?

The world of new drugs and drug fads move quicker than anyone can keep up with. In fact, if you even tried to understand what ‘the kids’ are taking these days, you’d probably end up both confused and intoxicated quite quickly. There used to be a time when cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy was all anyone spoke about. However, nowadays, the world of drugs has opened up excessively. The likes of GHB, M-CAT, ketamine, mushrooms, acid, crystal meth and unlimited others are all being taken around the world.

Each drug has its own story and its own positives and negatives. So what about GHB? Many enjoy this drug, whilst many fear it. I myself have had an encounter with this drug. Let’s delve into what it is. 

GHB is a drug with a very interesting history and reputation, but, like many other mind-altering compounds, it does have a place in both the worlds of the therapeutics and recreation. To learn more about cannabis and psychedelics, make sure to subscribe to The Delta 8 Weekly Newsletter for more articles like this one, as well as exclusive deals Delta 8Delta 10 THCTHCVTHC-OTHCPHHC and even on legal Delta-9 THC!


What is GHB?

The world of recreational drugs is often separated by two phrases: ‘uppers’ and ‘downers’. Or in more scientific terms, ‘stimulants’ and ‘depressants’. GHB or Gamma Hydroxybutyrate would be in the depressant section. Obviously the differences between the two categories are pretty self-explanatory, based on the names. However, if you want to understand a little more, here’s a brief description from trusty wikipedia

“Depressants are also occasionally referred to as “downers” as they lower the level of arousal when taken. Stimulants or “uppers” increase mental and/or physical function, hence the opposite drug class of depressants is stimulants, not antidepressants”

What Does It Look Like?

GHB most commonly appears as a transparent liquid, not too dissimilar from water. Usually it will be given to the consumer in a bottle, and they will then use the cap or the lid to pour a little in and sip it. It doesn’t really have much of a taste, but can sometimes have a slight salty twang. It can also be given, less commonly, as a white powder or a capsule. GHB is known also as the ‘ghost drug’ because it’s very easy to disguise and to – in some circumstances – use as a ‘date rape’ drug. 

The History of GHB

GHB is a designer drug, which means it was and is created in a lab with the sole purpose to be used recreationally. In the 1990s, during the birth of rave culture, the drug gained popularity for its euphoric and sedative high. GHB is extremely powerful and it doesn’t take much of it to give someone a powerful experience. Furthermore, it can also quite easily make someone black out. This is why, whilst GHB is known in the drug world to be a club drug, which brings joy to many, it’s also considered very dangerous if used by the wrong person. This dichotomy of good and evil has surrounded the drug’s reputation for decades. 

Fun fact: GHB is often used by bodybuilders, as they believe it can help reduce fat and increase muscle. Do you think this should count as a performance enhancing drug?

GBH or GHB?

If you’re in the United Kingdom, often people will hear the term ‘GHB’, and think of the similar abbreviation ‘GBH’. GBH stands for Grievous Bodily Harm, which is a UK definition for a serious crime against someone that causes severe wounds to their body. GBH and GHB may sound similar, and often people will get the two abbreviations mixed up, but actually, they are very very different things. Of course if you’re not based in the then perhaps you haven’t heard of that, but it’s always good to make the distinction early on. 

GHB: How does it make you feel?

As mentioned previously, GHB can have positive and negative effects. This is usually down to the individual’s body, and of course, how much they decide to take. Like any drug, it differs from person to person, circumstance to circumstance. For example, if a smaller person consumed GHB they are much more likely to feel the effects stronger than a larger person. In addition, if you’re in a club and alcohol has already been consumed then, again, the effects will be a heck of a lot more powerful than if you were sober, sitting in a sunny field. Ultimately, the positive effects will arise for those who take less GHB, and the more negative effects come almost always from overdosing. GHB is a very very powerful drug.  

Positive Effects

  • Confidence
  • Sociability 
  • Euphoria
  • Slightly dizzy
  • Lack of inhibitions

Negative Effects

  • Nausea 
  • Sweating 
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Hallucinations
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Death

Is GHB Legal?

GHB is illegal in both North America and Europe. In the UK, it has been a class C drug since 2003, which means that it’s technically less illegal than THC cannabis (which is quite remarkable). In the USA, GHB is a Schedule I controlled substance. This means it’s part of the same group as cannabis and heroin. It just goes to show how different American and Britain drug laws are. 

GHB, whilst made in a lab, is technically a chemical found in the brain and other parts of the body. Thus, it is used in certain medical practices – like most drugs are. Some forms of GHB are prescribed to help with narcolepsy, or to help with alcoholism. Like many drugs, GHB has a legal form that is used in medical practices, but it’s recreational form is very much illegal. 

The Date Rape Drug

According to the Office of National Statistics, From 2014-2018, there were 120 deaths in the UK that were caused by GHB. Part of this statistic was due to overdosing, whilst others were also due to it being used as a date rape drug. Due to its intense power, GHB has been cynically and cruelly used by many people (mostly men) to sexually assault another person. Many women and men have been given GHB non-consensually and then fallen unconscious, leading to them being sexually assaulted. A recent award winning BBC Drama I May Destroy You, written by Michaela Coel, portrayed a woman who this had happened to. In fact, Michaela Coel wrote about her own experience. She believed that by portraying her experiences on screen, she could hopefully highlight the dangers of date rape, whilst also repelling men from doing it. If you haven’t watched the show, it’s 100% worth a watch. 

GHB: My Own Experiences

Like many other people, I myself have had mixed experiences with GHB. I like to think of myself as an open person and am willing to try different substances from time to time. Although, to be honest, as I get older, my willingness to try different substances is definitely starting to diminish. However, I travelled to Amsterdam not so long ago with my girlfriend to stay with my father who recently moved there from the UK. We decided to attend a dinner party with some new friends and they spoke about buying some GHB for the evening ahead. I hadn’t heard much about GHB except the ‘date rape’ stuff and, thus, wasn’t too keen on the idea. But I’m aware that drugs can often be surrounded by bad reputations, which may be justified, but aren’t always the case if you’re safe and smart about it.

Therefore, we decided to accept the offer and my girlfriend and I continued the evening knowing that GHB would be on the cards at some point. Eventually, after some drinks, we were taken into a room and given a little lid to sip from. The liquid was transparent and didn’t taste of anything. My initial thought was: ‘is that seriously all I need to get high? That’s nothing’. I then instantly became anxious as I imagined all the people who would have simply taken the bottle and swigged from it without knowing the safe amount to take. As the night went on, I began to feel beautifully euphoric. My girlfriend and I danced, had deep conversations, and genuinely had a great evening. 

It was all going well until I blacked out and woke up on the sofa a few minutes later. It was very confusing. I then sobered up, unsure if it was the GHB or the alcohol that had caused my slight black out. My girlfriend and I decided to leave the party and return home, but just before we left – she decided to take one more sip of the GHB for the journey. This was when both of our experiences with GBH began to turn sour. Within minutes my girlfriend had passed out and would not wake up. In the end I took her to the hospital and it wasn’t until the next morning that she awoke from her deep sleep. She was completely unaware of what had happened. Luckily, she was okay and had been looked after. What had started as a nice experience, had quickly become a very scary one.

What’s Your Opinion?

Like all drugs, everyone has different experiences with them, thus there are varying views out there. The truth is, if people are responsible, safe and aren’t taken advantage of, then the majority of drugs can be enjoyed. However, unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. GHB, more than most drugs, has been known to be abused and utilised in an immoral way. What do you think? What’s your opinion of GHB?

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I Love Bad Review: Hemp Socks and Underwear

Back in the day, hemp was used for all kinds of purposes, including clothing. Prohibition certainly changed this, but now, with a re-opening of cannabis industries, hemp clothing is making a comeback. One of the up-and-coming hemp clothing brands is I Love Bad Organics, a company geared toward natural fibers, and the use of hemp in clothing. Here is an I Love Bad review of the company’s hemp socks and underwear.

With the hemp market opening up, getting products like hemp socks and underwear is much easier to do. Same with compounds like delta-8 THC and THCA, which were never available to consumers before, but which now can be found on store shelves, thanks to the recent cannabis boom. What are these products? THCA is a precursor to delta-9, and has medical benefits with no high at all. Delta-8 THC is an alternate form of THC to delta-9 which provides similar medical benefits, but with slightly less high, less anxiety, and less couch locking. Take a look at our deals for Delta 8Delta 10 THCTHCVTHC-OTHCPHHC and even on legal Delta-9 THC, to fully take advantage of today’s hemp market.

I Love Bad

I Love Bad Organics is a brand that specializes in underwear and socks, manufacturing its products from natural fibers like organic cotton and hemp. The company is vegan friendly, supports local manufacturing, uses sustainable fibers, and gives to charities. The name itself BAD, stands for ‘bridging all differences’, which the brand uses as a general philosophy of openness and acceptance.

I Love Bad specializes in socks and underwear for now, but does offer other products. Interested buyers can check out the company’s organic hemp face mask ($21), organic hemp U-neck tee-shirt ($42), organic hemp baby blanket ($54), organic hemp oil with crystals ($24), organic hemp fleece throw ($90), organic hemp pet bed ($180), organic hemp fleece blanket ($270) and mildew free organic hemp bath sheets ($60+).

For the men out there, I Love Bad provides hemp and organic cotton boxer briefs in black and natural ($27) that can fit men sized 7-39. The company also offers all-organic cotton crew socks in different colors ($15/each), as well as Shibori tie-dye hemp socks for $24/pair, but I did not try these socks.

hemp clothing

As the hemp industry for clothing is only starting to take off in places like America, many products are not pure hemp, but instead involve a mix of natural fibers, like organic cotton or bamboo. I Love Bad creates products with either one natural fiber or a mix of hemp and organic cotton, possibly for lower pricing, and possibly because these blends have proven more effective. In the case of the products I tried, they are a mix of fabrics.

Hemp & organic cotton socks

As per the name, these socks are a blend. They are made of 66% organic cotton, 28% hemp, and 6% Lycra. The socks I got are ‘natural’ color, feel very thick and strong, with a cuff/leg that went up to about halfway to my knee. I admit I would have preferred a smaller cuff, but the store doesn’t offer that right now. The all-cotton crew socks sold by the company may or may not be shorter. As I do a lot of athletic activities, I find a shorter cuff is generally better. Even so, I used these socks while training.

I am a fan of cotton socks to begin with, though they are not very easy to find these days. I generally end up with mixes of cotton and unnatural fibers like polyester, nylon, or spandex, so I haven’t recently used socks made of all hemp and cotton (disregarding the small amount of Lycra for stretch ability). The synthetic blends do tend to make my feet hotter and sweatier. I found the cotton and hemp socks to be very breathable. Even though they’re thick, they didn’t feel too thick or heavy, even when doing athletic activities.

The socks feel extremely durable. Most of my socks wear down in the heel and the toe before too long, but I don’t expect that to happen very fast with these socks. They feel very strong, like they could easily make it through years of use. In today’s world of cheaply made products, its almost hard to remember that good quality clothing lasts much longer, and requires less replacing. Of course, in today’s world, it’s preferable to change things up constantly, which might itself be a result of the lessening quality of products.

I also like variety and switching things up, but I prefer if my socks don’t wear out quickly. I also prefer them to be thick and protective, and breathable. The only complaint I have in the end, is that I would have preferred shorter cuffs on the socks, which is better for athletics. A thinner material would also be preferable for athletics, but the thickness is good otherwise. When the weather gets colder, these socks should be fantastic in the winter.

The materials used to make the socks were sourced from the following places: hemp and organic cotton yarn was sourced from China’s Hemp Farming Cooperative. USDA certified organic cotton yarn came from the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative. The socks were knit in North Carolina. Each pair of socks retails for $15, or a 3-pack for $39.

hemp socks

In terms of size, I have very small feet, and I bought the small size, which fits women sized 5-8, and men sized 4-7. There is also a medium size which fits women sized 9-12 and men sized 8-10, and a large size good for women 13+ and men 11+.

Hemp & organic cotton underwear

Much like with socks, it has become increasingly difficult to find underwear made of all natural fibers. Also like with socks, I prefer natural fibers, but generally end up with blends. Sometimes I can’t even find blends involving cotton at all. And again, as with the socks, these synthetics tend to make me feel hotter and sweatier. Over the years I’ve gotten used to these synthetic fabrics, like everyone else, but never found them comfortable.

I Love Bad’s hemp & organic cotton underwear comes in black or natural color, and is made from 60% organic cotton, 28% hemp, and 8% Lycra. The underwear has no elastic band, for maximum comfort, is sewn in California with Flat Lock Stitching, is made using organic cotton and hemp grown and processed without chemicals, and is low-impact dyed at a facility in Los Angeles. The company offers extra information on both the Flat Lock and low impact dying processes.

The underwear is hipster cut, so the sides are wide, but the back side shows a good bit of cheek. Definitely not the best underwear for athletics in terms of cut, but otherwise a comfortable fit. For ladies that like a bit more coverage in back, these would not be preferable. Right now, they are the only cut that I Love Bad sells. I am essentially a size zero, and I got the extra-small size, which fits perfectly. The company’s largest size is XL, which is for size 14-16.

I found the underwear to be very comfortable. Much like with the socks, I could feel that my skin could breathe better, and I didn’t feel as wet and sweaty after a workout. There was a generally airier feel to them. I think a larger selection in the styles would be nice, as hipster style is not great for all occasions. Nonetheless, they are a comfortable pair of underwear. The material feels strong, the underwear is made well, and does not give the impression it will fall apart quickly, as some of the newer synthetic ones tend to.

I’m not entirely sure how necessary the Lycra is with the underwear (or the socks). I have had 100% cotton socks and underwear in the past which did not use Lycra, and I wonder if the Lycra is really all that necessary, as it does add a synthetic fiber to the mix, albeit in small concentrations. In the case of these products, less than 10% is Lycra. The underwear retails for $15 a pair, or a 3-pack for $60.

natural materials

Pros & cons of hemp socks and underwear

Pros of I Love Bad’s hemp and cotton socks and underwear:

  • Very good quality, well made, durable products.
  • Made from nearly all natural fibers like hemp and organic cotton.
  • Made locally.
  • Breathable materials.
  • Cruelty free.
  • Fairly traded materials.
  • No harsh chemicals, dyes, or processing used.

Cons of I Love Bad’s hemp and cotton socks and underwear:

  • Not a lot of variety in styles.
  • The use of Lycra which keeps them from being made entirely of natural fibers.
  • How useful the hemp is vs the cotton is hard to know since they’re blended, though this is not really a detraction of overall product quality.
  • Not as cheap as products made with synthetic fibers and harsher chemicals.

In terms of pricing, I Love Bad’s products fit what I see as a general price point in the industry. Stores selling similar items are priced about the same. Prices for these products are way higher than cheaply made synthetic products, even though hemp itself should provide a cheaper alternative. As the market expands out more, more cultivation and processing is done, and more competition exists, I expect the price will go down.

Conclusion

I very much like this company and the products it makes. The company is definitely invested in creating durable products using quality materials, with an eye on the environment, spirituality, and personal health. I do hope they expand their offerings to include more colors and styles, but overall, I think I Love Bad is a great example of how hemp can be used alone, or in conjunction with cotton, to create sustainable, long-lasting, and comfortable products. This company is a great indication of where the hemp clothing market is going.

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Did Shakespeare Use Cannabis for Creativity?

It’s long been known that cannabis and creativity go hand in hand: Hendrix, the Beatles and even Carl Sagan, the world famous cosmologist, all used Cannabis’ creative powers. But there is one name to add to that list that may surprise many people and that’s UK nation’s poet, world famous playwright and every school child’s nightmare: William Shakespeare.

In 2001, a South African Anthropologist called Francis Thackeray was given permission from Shakespeare’s birthplace to analyze a collection of pipe fragments found in the grounds of Shakespeare’s garden. The study found that on eight of the pipes there was the residue of cannabis and these were the pipes most closely associated with the Bard’s property itself. It seems that Shakespeare operated on a work hard, play bard routine, perhaps even using cannabis as a stimulant for his creativity. But what evidence is there from the Bard’s own words that he liked to use cannabis and how does cannabis increases creativity in general? In this article, we’ll examine how Shakespeare’s timeline crosses neatly with the large scale introduction of Cannabis plants to the United Kingdom, we’ll look at Thackeray’s study in depth and we’ll investigate the science behind Cannabis and creativity, all to examine if the man ‘of all time’ may have been high whilst writing his finest works.

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Cannabis and Shakespeare’s England

Before Cannabis was known and used as a recreational drug in Britain it was grown mostly as hemp, a crop used for medicinal reasons and to make fibre, clothes and rope. The earliest known usage of hemp seeds comes from Roman Britain as seeds were found in a well in York. Hemp was also used throughout Anglo-Saxon England as an important crop for the production of medicine, textiles and animal feed. Hemp very quickly became one of the most popular crops in Britain because of its many uses and indeed boomed in Elizabethan England, the time Shakespeare began to write.

Queen Elizabeth I even created a new law that meant every farmer with more than 60 acres of land had to grow hemp. The penalty of not carrying this out was a fine of 5 whole pounds (worth a lot more then than it is now). The medicinal properties of Cannabis were noted by many writers around Shakespeare’s era, John Gerard describes how many ailments Cannabis can cure in his book The Herball (1597). In a book titled ‘The Anatomy of Melancholy’ by Robert Burton, hemp seeds made into a drink are offered as a treatment of depression.

But what about the recreational use of cannabis? Cannabis was being smoked recreationally around the world in the form of Hashish, particularly in the Middle East and Asia, but it’s not easy to find evidence of its use in Britain. However, It is not hard to imagine that travelers from these areas of the world would have found themselves in London pubs or theatres and shown the locals that cannabis plants could be used for more than making ropes or curing ailments.

The Thackeray Study

To make the claim that Shakespeare was using cannabis to help him write, we first need evidence that he was actually smoking it. Francis Thackeray’s study does just this, but beyond Shakespeare it also shows us that Cannabis was being smoked in this era and most likely for recreational reasons. In The study, nicely described in an independent article  written by Thackeray himself, the team used state-of-the-art forensic technology to chemically analyse residue found on the pipe fragments. Interestingly, Cannabis was not the only chemical found. Coca leaves, the predecessor of cocaine, were also found on two of the pipes. This is also in line with the fact that many variations of new smokable leaves were brought back from ‘the new world’ by sailors such as Walter Raleigh (Including Tobacco). 

To make matters even more interesting, the pipes with Coca residue were the only pipes analysed not from Shakespeare’s garden, but near to it. Instead, the pipes from his garden contained the cannabis residue mentioned earlier. Thackeray even goes as far as to say that “Shakespeare may have been aware of the deleterious (damaging) effects of cocaine as a strange compound. Possibly, he preferred cannabis as a weed of mind stimulating properties.” That says it all. Shakespeare’s choice drug was cannabis, because it boosted his creativity. The Bard of Avon was ahead of his times in many ways.

There are of course some issues with the study and some aspects have to be taken with a pinch of tobacco. Though the pipes were found in Shakespeare’s garden, it’s rather tricky to tie them directly to The Bard himself. Even when dating the pipes, the study can only say that the pipes date to ‘the early 17th Century’, this is quite a broad time-frame, especially considering Shakespeare died in 1616. So we have to be a tiny bit cautious when using Thackeray’s study, but it is very interesting.

The ‘Noted weed’: Shakespeare’s References to Cannabis

Is there any evidence from the man himself about his preference for Cannabis, do we find any enlightenment from flicking through the folio?  Amazingly we do, Shakespeare seems to make multiple references to what could be his ‘other muse’. In the Merry Wives of Windsor, the character Ford tells the audience that he wants to drink “pipe wine”, a line usually linked with tobacco, but with the knowledge of Thackeray’s study and the quotes to follow, it could be referencing smoking a different leaf altogether. 

In Sonnet 76 we find arguably the most clear evidence of Shakespeare’s use of Cannabis for creativity: 

Why is my verse so barren of new pride,
So far from variation or quick change?
Why with the time do I not glance aside
To new-found methods and to compounds strange?
Why write I still all one, ever the same,
And keep invention in a noted weed,
That every word doth almost tell my name,
Showing their birth and where they did proceed?

We see here Shakespeare’s reference his ‘noted weed’, which some (including Thackeray) have taken to be a nod to cannabis being used as a method to help with his writing, or ‘invention’. It seems from this poem that Shakespeare indeed keeps his invention in his weed (cannabis) and uses it whenever he strives to find the right words, or even uses it to show him his character’s histories, fleshing them out (showing their birth and where they did proceed). Earlier in this poem he describes how he doesn’t want to be linked to any ‘compounds strange,’ which Thackeray has taken to mean strange new drugs, even cocaine. More evidence of Shakespeare’s preference to the more natural and ancient method of finding his buzz.

In sonnet 118 Shakespeare says : 

Like as, to make our appetites more keen,
With eager compounds we our palate urge

Perhaps a reference again using compounds or drugs to help increase the appetite, both a reference to appetite of life but perhaps also his attitude to writing.

A potentially even more cryptic, but fascinating reference occurs in Henry V where Pistol tries to save a man doomed to hanging he exclaims: ‘Let man go free and let not hemp his windpipe suffocate’. This line has been analysed as potentially having a double meaning. As we’ve discussed above Hemp was used to make fibres and ropes, so Pistol is referring to the rope of the noose, but it could also be a wry nod to the burning feeling cannabis gives the throat.

Shakespeare, Cannabis and Creativity

It’s clear that Shakespeare would at least have come into contact with the use of Cannabis recreationally, and indeed he may have even shown his readers that he liked to use it for inspiration, but what is the science behind cannabis’s link to creativity and how might we use this to further understand why Shakespeare may have relied on it to come up with his most complicated plots.

To understand, we must look at the neuroscience: Cannabis smoking produces a wealth of Dopamine in the brain, including an area known as the frontal cortex. In a study by Schaffer et al in 2011, they took two groups of participants, some with high and some with low levels of creativity and tested them in two conditions: High on Cannabis and non-intoxicated. What they found was that the low creativity group increased their verbal fluency to that of the high-creative group. Verbal fluency is a measure of how quickly and creatively a participant can speak. The authors argue that this increase in fluency was because of the increase of dopamine in the prefrontal cortex which may lead to a swifter ability to produce words.

What Schaffer’s study showed was that creativity in verbal fluency could be increased in those with low creativity. This would seem almost too perfect to a playwright with a mental block. Cannabis also increases blood flow to areas of the brain needed for creativity, including the amygdala, an area needed for emotional processing and empathy. This would perfectly help the playwright put himself in Romeo’s shoes whilst writing the balcony scene.

A Summary on Shakespeare and Cannabis

So it seems rather likely that Shakespeare had indeed found inspiration in his ‘Noted weed’. The fragments of pipe show us that people were smoking Cannabis and more than that, it was being smoked in Shakespeare’s garden, the many quotes and references in Shakespeare’s own works and of course the science behind Cannabis’ link to creativity all point towards the Nation’s bard using cannabis as his muse. Without Cannabis, we wouldn’t have had Hendrix, we wouldn’t have had some of the Beatles finest albums and now we can assume we wouldn’t have even had Hamlet. A rather strong case for Cannabis’s powers of productivity.

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The Best Countries for Cannabis Tourism in 2021 and 2022

As vaccination rollouts become more efficient and travel restrictions ease up, and as a result, many avid pothead travellers will want to know the best countries for cannabis tourism in 2021 and 2022. Lighting up in the comfort of your home brings a special kind of contentment many potheads are familiar with, but after two […]

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Stoner Movie One-liner Crossword Puzzle

One-liners, hate them or love them, they stick in the brain, and stoner entertainment is the worst for this. From movies and tv shows about weed to stuff that is good to watch when you are baked, stoner entertainment is a friend to cannabis. Nothing like getting baked with some buddies, ordering food, and throwing […]

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Historical Cannabis: Biggest Potheads of History

With all the back and forth about the possible health benefits and detractions of cannabis, its long history is often forgotten, a history that when not ignored, helps us understand many of these issues being fought over in the press. It seems many have forgotten that cannabis has been popular for quite some time, and among people not often associated with the plant. For today, let’s pay homage to stoners of the past with this list of the biggest potheads of history.

When looking at the biggest potheads of history, it become clear that cannabis has been important for a very long time. Back in the day, there were far less options, of course, whereas today, interested users can eat edibles, toke on vapes, apply it in patches or as creams, and even use it as suppositories and nasal spray. Not only this, it’s not just about delta-9 anymore, but a myriad of other compounds like delta-8 THC, a naturally occurring half-brother to delta-9 which comes with the same general health benefits, but without causing the same kind of anxiety or cloudy head. Take a look at our deals for delta-8 THC, delta 10, thcv, thcp, thco, hhc and tons of other compounds, and take advantage of today’s cannabis market.

Cannabis is a pretty ubiquitous plant, and has been for thousands of years. It’s been a crucial part of many time periods and generations, even if we don’t always write it in the history books. In that sense, this list could have thousands of names on it. Since we don’t have time to dig up every semi-popular stoner of history, here are some of the more interesting picks of famous people who have proven to be the biggest potheads of history, or who get that title in the press, whether deserved or not.

William Shakespeare

Cannabis has often been associated with the arts, and was even attached to the burgeoning jazz scene of the 1920s as a way to denigrate both for prohibition purposes. So it’s not that weird to think that one of the most famous writers of history, might also have been one of the biggest potheads of history.

William Shakespeare was alive from 1564-1616, and brought us some of the most well-known classics of today, including Romeo & Juliet, Othello, and Macbeth. His stories are still performed every day in high schools, community theatres, and Broadway, and can be found on stages all around the world, and even in movie theaters. As it happens, while many readers have often thought that Shakespeare made veiled references to drugs, some hard evidence was actually found linking him to them.

William Shakespeare

Apparently, scientists tested 24 pipes found on his property in Stratford-Upon-Avon, where he lived, some of which came from his garden. Scientists went pretty far in this case to establish a dead writer’s possible drug habits, using gas chromatography to detect cannabis on eight pipe pieces. Incidentally, they also found evidence of Peruvian cocaine on two. While this doesn’t mean the weed belonged to Shakespeare, or that he used it frequently, it certainly indicates that someone was toking on some ganja at his house.

Snoop Dogg

Let’s be honest, he might represent recent history more than ancient, but what list of the biggest potheads in history would be complete without giving a mention to the one and only Snoop Dogg? In fact, if there’s any one being who represents cannabis in today’s culture more than anyone or anything else, its this guy.

Ever since Snoop (Calvin Broadus Jr.) came out in 1992, first as a collaborator with Dr. Dre, and then on his own, he’s provided us music rich with cannabis mentions. As an entertainer, Snoop unabashedly brought us weed culture, bringing it further into the mainstream. Whereas other entertainers had made references before, Snoop really blew them out of the water with some of the most pro-pot lyrics and images possible.

But he didn’t stop with entertainment. As the cannabis products industry opened in the US with the recreational legalization of cannabis in different states, Snoop put on his businessman hat, first creating G-pens when vaping really took off, and then after several other moves in the industry, establishing Casa Verde Capital, an aptly named cannabis venture capital investment fund, which specializes in seed investments. Casa Verde has allowed Snoop to take part in many different businesses, going past cannabis to even promote plant based food companies like Outstanding Foods, as well as tech companies like Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies. Not only does Snoop work to put out quality products, but he’s also gravitated toward the general health and wellness space as well. Snoop is a great example of what can be accomplished in the cannabis game without the help of big pharma.

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus was an Italian sailor born in 1451 and who died in 1506. Columbus is known for his global explorations, making four voyages across the Atlantic in his life. In 1492 Columbus landed in South America for the first time, coming first to the Bahamas which he named San Salvador. Thinking he had come upon India, he called the natives he found there, ‘Indians’, a misused term we still misuse today. The idea of Christopher Columbus has changed over the years. We have a holiday named after him for discovering the Americas, but in recent history, stories of his brutality concerning his treatment of the natives, including beating them, raping them, and killing them, has tarnished his reputation.

While all of this is horrible, the truth is, a lot of history is brutal, and Columbus’s actions aren’t actually different than other explorers, conquerors, or leaders in history. In this sense, he wasn’t out of the ordinary at all, and only by today’s standards do we consider what he did to be horrible. Some say the brutality stories are exaggerated, but since they make perfect sense for the time period, I think it’s better to leave it at an understanding that this is what happened, and not try to change the story to something that sounds better. He likely was that bad, but technically doing what everyone did. Might not make it right, but it does make it expected, so we shouldn’t be surprised. If we want to single him out, we’d have to take a harder look at nearly every other ruler in history, even the ones we like.

hemp sails

None of that has to do with the fact that Columbus went on his voyages with large stocks of cannabis. Some even credit Columbus for introducing the plant to America, but there is evidence that the plant was already there. Either way, he may well have increased usage and growth of it. Columbus brought three ships to the new world, and those ships were built with hemp sails and hemp rope. The cracks in the ships were even filled hemp to ensure the structure was water tight. His ship, the Santa Maria, had a hold filled with hemp seeds, meant to be planted wherever they landed, as well as being a nutrient-rich food source for the sailors.

To give a quick idea as to how much hemp was used back then, not only were the sails and rope of the boats made of hemp, but so were Columbus’s clothes, the lamp oil used in the lamps, and the pages of the books being read. Hemp was essentially everywhere, and being brought with them to ensure that wherever they went, they’d be able to get more. In this way, Columbus truly was one of the biggest potheads of history.

Ramesses II

When getting into articles like this, sometimes it’s not actually about ‘the biggest potheads of history’, but some of the more interesting places that cannabis has shown up. One of the most interesting ones, which opens a wide door to questions, is that cannabis pollen was found on the mummy of Ramses II, who reigned in Egypt from 1279-1213 BC. He was the 3rd pharaoh in Egypt’s Nineteenth Dynasty, and is one of the most famous of the ancient Egyptian rulers.

Does finding pollen on a mummy indicate that Ramesses was getting stoned off his headdress every day? No, of course not. I mean, maybe he was, maybe he wasn’t, but what it does show, is that cannabis was certainly being used for something at that time. There is an opposing belief that the pollen was used as part of a way to conserve things like mummies, and though this is certainly possible, and would make sense for why it ended up on a mummy, it ignores other information that squarely puts cannabis use in ancient Egyptian culture.

Plus, the Egyptians were super big on making sure that mummified leaders would have everything they needed in the after life, and often buried mummies with other ‘things’ ranging from jewels and money, to oils and medicine. The idea that it was on the mummy as a way to send Ramesses off with a medication he needed (or simply liked), would go in line with what we know of ancient Egyptian burying culture. Once again, none of this means that Ramesses was high all the time, but it does create a further link to ancient Egypt, and cannabis use. It has even been indicated that the pollen grains found might not have been from species native to Egypt, which brings up the possibility that different strains of cannabis had been introduced during those times. And this opens up even more questions about what the cannabis trading market was like back then.

Queen Victoria

When it comes to historical figures, there is always some debate, generally because media stories help mold opinions. Often history is molded to sell a particular story, and this can create friction, and make it hard to tell where the truth lies. This is the case with Queen Victoria, one of the most famous rulers of Britain, and in world history. She took the throne in 1837 at the age of 18, and held onto it until her death in 1901, when she was 81 years old. She also may very well have been one of the biggest potheads in history, and not because she was smoking it.

Queen Victoria - biggest potheads in history

As the story goes, Queen Victoria suffered greatly from menstrual cramps, and was prescribed a cannabis remedy by her doctor. Cannabis was reintroduced to Western medicine by William O’Shaughnessy in 1842 with his publication of Bengal Dispensatory and Pharmacopoeia, meaning the Queen, someone who would’ve had access before a common person, could have been using such medicines even before this time. Cannabis for menstrual cramps was mentioned by a Dr. Reynolds in 1890, who was apparently a doctor to the royal family for a number of years, but he never mentioned giving it to Victoria specifically.

For some reason, detractors like to assume that since nothing was formally said before 1890 by that particular doctor, and that because by 1890 Victoria wouldn’t have been in her child bearing years, that Victoria could not have used cannabis prior to that time. However, as stated, it was being used decades before that, when Victoria was still in menstrual ages.

Queen Victoria would have been attended to by more than one physician, and as a queen, would have had access to any doctor of her choosing, and with whatever privacy level she desired. Which makes it silly that its presumed that simply because a doctor who may or may not have treated her at some point, made a statement about cannabis independently of treating her, that this would be related to Victoria’s use, or an indication of whether she used it at all. In fact, cannabis was widely used in England in Victorian times, for both menstrual cramps and childbirth pain, generally as a tinctures or put into tea. Of course she wasn’t smoking it, but to assume she wasn’t using it, would actually make less sense. In either case it can’t be directly proven, but the logic argument is that as a queen who likely experienced both menstrual pain, and pain from childbirth (ten kids), that she probably was prescribed it at some point, and possibly quite frequently.

Honorable mentions to the biggest potheads in history

Not everyone through history was a big smoker, but that doesn’t mean that they didn’t contribute to the world of weed in some way. So here are some honorable mentions, that represent the use of cannabis for other purposes.

George Washington

George Washington – There is some debate as to whether George Washington smoked the wacky weed, but what seems to be more settled, is that he did grow hemp. For anyone having difficulty believing this not-difficult piece of information, please remember that in colonial times, there were actual grow laws at points requiring residents with farms to grow cannabis. As such, that George Washington grew industrial hemp makes quite a bit of sense for the time.

A Washington Post article even cited journal entries written by Washington in 1765, in which he talks about the “Muddy Hole”, which he used to reference where he grew hemp, and went into detail about having not separated out female from male plants early enough. Of course, this one point actually brings up the question of why separating them was necessary, as male hemp plants can also be used for fiber. Allowing female plants to be pollinated makes the fiber courser, and its possible he needed separation because of that. But it’s also possible if George Washington was really paying close attention to the sex of his plants, he might well have been ingesting their contents.

George Washington - biggest potheads in history

Joan of Arc

Another possible weed enthusiast, without confirmation, is Joan of Arc. Ms. Arc was born in 1412 to a peasant family in France. At a certain point, she began experiencing visions, though how and why are a subject of debate. Her visions told her to support Charles VII, which she did, helping him regain control of France from English rule. After being sent to the Siege of Orleans as part of a relief army, the siege ended after only nine days, adding to her prominence, and helping France to a final victory not long after.

She was eventually captured by French nobles who were in alliance with England, turned over to England, put on trial where she was found guilty, and hanged on May 30, 1430 at the age of approximately 19. In 1456, when an investigation into the court proceedings was done by Pope Callixtus III, she was found innocent of the crimes, and from that point called a martyr. She was canonized in 1920.

The idea that Joan of Arc was one of the biggest potheads in history is mainly linked to her hallucinations. Though cannabis is capable of causing such hallucinations, they also could have been linked to some kind of psychiatric issue, or some other medicinal herb. In fact, the other explanations generally make more sense, though it can’t be ruled out that she happened to be the kind of person to have such intense reactions, and that her visions and messages could have been cannabis related. Of all the entries here today, she is the most unlikely by far, but it’s still interesting to think about… and is often brought up in the press for this reason.

Conclusion

History gets dicey when it comes to controversial topics, like the biggest potheads in history. This can be seen when looking for information about the names listed here, and whether these figures used cannabis or not. I certainly can’t say that everything here is true, some of it is merely possible at best, but these stories make for interesting research points in understanding the history of cannabis use in the world. Perhaps more information will be uncovered in the future, to help us better understand if and how cannabis was really used by the people mentioned above.

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Should THC be Considered a Performance-Enhancing Drug?

When Maradonna and Lance Armstrong were both found to be using performance enhancing drugs, the world had to take a step back and rethink their sports heroes. In many people’s eyes, the greatest footballer and the greatest cyclist had both decided to – in want of a better word – cheat their way to victory. In fact, any use of performance-enhancing drugs – which are decided by the World Anti-Doping Agency – are completely illegal and will cause the user to face suspension or even lifetime bans. However, the question is, what constitutes a performance-enhancing drug?

Why are some drugs chosen to be banned and others aren’t? And, of course, what about THC and cannabis? There is no doubt that certain drugs can give an athlete an unfair advantage, but whether THC sits within this realm is controversial. 

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Performance Enhancing Drugs

So, what is a drug and what makes it performance enhancing? A drug in its simplest form is: ‘a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body’. Obviously not all drugs are considered performance-enhancing, as some are prescribed to treat physical or mental health conditions. Therefore, the World Anti-Doping Agency – who have been regulating the use of drugs in sport for millennia – have criteria that decides if a drug should be banned or not. The WADA states that a drug should be banned from sport-use if:

  • It has the potential to enhance sport performance;
  • It represents an actual or potential health risk to the Athlete;
  • It violates the spirit of sport (this definition is outlined in the Code).

As you can see, the criteria is slightly vague and, in a way, all drugs could somehow fit within them. For example, if a athlete uses paracetamol to treat a headache, does that count as performance-enhancing? The most obvious way to decide if a drug would be included in the WADA list would be to judge if it was performance-enhancing or not. Of course there are drugs that have been created and designed to enhance people’s abilities in sports. These same drugs will crop up a lot in various cases where athletes have utilised them for victory. Therefore, let’s take a look at some of the most common performance-enhancing drugs. 

Anabolic Steroids 

Anabolic steroids are used by many athletes to increase their muscle strength. The substance produces testosterone, which is used to help muscle building. For body builders especially, this drug can have some performance-enhancing tendencies. Some more dangerous versions of anabolic steroids are called: ‘designer steroids’. These are designed to be undetectable by drug tests. However, this means that they have not been tested. Some people have suffered infertility and baldness as a consequence of this drug.  

Diuretics 

Diuretics can help decrease an athlete’s weight by changing the natural balance of electrolytes in the body. The decrease of water in the body, which the substance causes, can lead to a ‘prefered’ weight for the athlete. Also, Diuretics is often called the ‘masking’ agent as the dilution of the urine can sometimes help athletes pass drug tests incorrectly. 

Erythropoietin 

Erythropoietin, or EPO, is the same performance-enhancing drug that Lance Armstrong took. Why? Well, EPO is a hormone which is usually used to treat Anemia. The drug increases the amount of oxygen that is carried to the body’s organs. This enhances performance in endurance sports like cycling because it improves the movement of oxygen to the muscles. Again, the overuse of these drugs can cause some detrimental effects.  

What Are The Common Traits?

In order to decide if THC should also be part of the WADA performance-enhancing team, then let’s take a look at what are the common traits in these three stated drugs. In all Diuretics, EPO and Anabolic Steroids, there is an example of a shifting of body functions that changes the way the body creates certain chemicals. This creates a short-term atmosphere within the body that enhances the athlete’s ability. However, over time, this short-term shift can cause negative long-term effects. Does THC do the same?

The Wonders of THC

Let’s first remind ourselves of the wonders of tetrahydrocannabinol before judging if it should or should not be part of the WADA list. THC is a major cannabinoid within the cannabis plant and is responsible for the well-known ‘high’ effects. THC is used both recreationally and medically because of its enjoyable and helpful benefits. Recreationally, it can be used to cause: 

  • Relaxation
  • Euphoria
  • Giggliness
  • Creativity 
  • Amusement
  • Sensory Enhancement

THC is also now being used more to treat physical and mental problems. Although lots of governments around the world have not legalized it, self-medicating THC is common. Here a list of the some of the problems it treats: 

  • Cancer Symptoms
  • Epilepsy
  • Loss of Appetite 
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Chronic Pain 
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Seizures
  • Tourettes

With THC being used by many people both recreationally and medically, the question is: is it on the World Anti-Doping Agency list?

THC In Sport

WADA considers THC to be a performance-enhancing drug. This is despite the fact that many countries have now legalized THC, such as the Netherlands, Spain and 19 states in America. In 2011, the WADA published a paper in Sports Medicine, which highlighted the reasons why cannabis, and more specifically THC, is on the list of performance-enhancing drugs. 

  • “Athletes who smoke cannabis or Spice in-competition potentially endanger themselves and others because of increased risk taking, slower reaction times and poor executive function or decision making.”
  • “Based on current animal and human studies as well as on interviews with athletes and information from the field, cannabis can be performance enhancing for some athletes and sports disciplines.”
  • “Use of illicit drugs that are harmful to health and that may have performance-enhancing properties is not consistent with the athlete as a role model for young people around the world”.

The most recent case of cannabis in sports was very recently. In June 2021, Sha’Carri Richardson – the female US Olympic sprinter – was found positive for THC in her medical test. She even went on TV and admitted to the use of it, stating that she was using cannabis to deal with the recent death of her mother. She was given a 1 month ban and will now not race in the 100m sprint in the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This decision, despite being eligible by the WADA rules, has caused much outrage. 

Should THC be considered a Performance-Enhancing Drug?

Whilst the World Anti-Doping Agency has one idea, the answer should surely be a no. It seems that the WADA are stuck in time, unable to accept modern cannabis research and are outright stubborn. Margaret Haney, who is a professor of Nerubiology at Colombia University, states that:

 “the evidence is extraordinary weak…(cannabis).reduces reaction time and has other effects that would worsen performance ”

In fact, the reason why Richardson’s ban was only 1 month in length was because the WADA accepted that her use of cannabis was not to do with the competition, unrelated to sport performance, and was done because she was suffering bereavement. However, they still felt a ban of any length was necessary. 

Overview

If we look at THC and compare it to the other performance-enhancing drugs its hard to see why WADA have included it on the list. THC may enhance senses in an enjoyment sense – colours, sounds and tastes – but ultimately, the benefits of the drug don’t reach a performance-enhancing nature. THC has many benefits but, as any cannabis consumer would tell you, sports and THC certainly do not go hand in hand. Sports could become more enjoyable, like having a beer whilst kicking a football around, but competitive sports is not something that THC would help you with. Some people may argue that THC can calm you down or relax you before competing. However, so can meditation. So can alcohol. So can cigarettes. But what do you reckon? Do you think THC should be considered a performance-enhancing drug?

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Celebrities Who Were Helped By Psychedelics

The psychedelics industry has seen massive attention and growth in the past couple years, with more and more of the stigma once attached to them, disappearing into thin air. As it becomes acceptable to speak about their use, celebrities have been more open with their stories, and how they’ve been helped in life by psychedelics.

It’s not that shocking so many celebrities have been helped by psychedelics, the growing body of research is very positive. The same is true for cannabis, which has been expanding out very quickly in the last few years, with tons of people backing it in the media, and with all new products coming out. One interesting addition is delta-8 THC, an alternate THC which doesn’t cause the same anxiety, couch locking, or cloudy head as delta-9. We’ve got a great array of delta-8 THC, delta 10, thco, thcp, thcv & even hhc deals, so check out the selection, and stay on top of what’s new in the world of cannabis.

Celebrities and drug use

First and foremost, there’s nothing actually special about celebrities, at least not as a rule. There are plenty of non-celebrities that can compete with the famous on pretty much any metric. This isn’t meant to undermine the special qualities of those who have made it big, but it is meant as a reminder that celebrities are still human, and representative of the human population. What makes them interesting, however, is how known they are. If I have an interesting experience, there might be a few people that care about it, but the story isn’t going to go far. If the same thing happens to Justin Bieber, or Samuel L. Jackson, or Lebron James, it gets echoed around the world.

Plenty of people in the world have drug problems, but the overdoses and deaths of celebrities make the biggest news. From Kurt Cobain to Heath Ledger to Johnny Depp, we never seem to be able to get enough of celebrities and their problems. In just the last few years, the following celebrities have all made headlines with their drug issues, and all of them ended up dead (whether drug-induced or not): Anthony Bourdain, Tom Petty, Prince, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Winehouse, Mac Miller, and Chester Bennington.

Go back even further and you can include Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, Brittany Murphy, and River Phoenix just to make a short list. And let’s not forget some of the biggest names in drug headlines that have made it through this far, like Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Drew Barrymore, Lindsay Lohan, Steven Tyler, Demi Lovato, and Robert Downey Jr, just to name a tiny number. Regardless if the story is watching someone fall from grace, or watching them get their problems under control in an act of strength, if it’s happening to someone in the spotlight, we all know about it.

celebrities and drugs

Just like many celebrities have openly spoken about how cannabis has helped them, many celebrities will also openly speak now about how their lives were helped by the use of psychedelics. Here are a few interesting stories.

Celebrities who say they were helped by psychedelics

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson is an all around interesting character, reigning for years as a heavyweight boxing champion, doing short-lived stints in reality TV, showing up in films, getting his face tattooed, spending some time in jail, and reemerging in the past few years as an entrepreneur in the world of cannabis. First, Tyson opened Tyson’s Ranch in California, meant for the recreational use of cannabis. He even started setting up shop in Antigua, and has tons of expansion plans for both locations, with the vision of creating entire entertainment complexes with hotels, stores, entertainment venues, and more. Tyson promotes the production of high-quality products, and high quality experiences when it comes to cannabis, and has been using his celebrity to help bolster his moves in the cannabis field. Mike Tyson also hosts a popular podcast called ‘Hotboxin’.

But Tyson doesn’t stop with cannabis. He’s also an avid promoter of psychedelics. In fact, Tyson is a great example of celebrities who have been helped by psychedelics. Earlier in 2021 Tyson was interviewed by Reuters Magazine, he not only says psychedelics helped him revive his career, but that they helped save his life as well. In his own words about magic mushrooms:

“To think where I was—almost suicidal—to this now… Isn’t life a trip, man? It’s amazing medicine, and people don’t look at it from that perspective.” He went on to say: “Everyone thought I was crazy, I bit this guy’s ear off…I did all this stuff, and once I got introduced to the shrooms … my whole life changed.”

Megan Fox

Another celebrity who has been open about her psychedelic experience, is Megan Fox. During a trip to Costa Rica with boyfriend Machine Gun Kelly, Fox took part in an ayahuasca ceremony. In these hours long ceremonies, ayahuasca is given to participants in a ritualistic way, and they are guided through their experience. Ayahuasca is the mix of two different plants, Psychotria viridis which contains DMT, and the caapi vine, which produces an MAO inhibitor which activates the DMT orally, and keeps it from breaking down so quickly, enabling a much longer trip experience. Ayahuasca is known for creating intense hallucinogenic experiences that many credit with helping to deal with emotional and mental wounds and issues. This is what she had to say about the experience:

“You have to walk a very far distance to get your water. You can’t shower because they’re in a drought. Nothing glamorous about it. It’s all part of making you vulnerable, so you surrender to the experience…You have to vomit a certain amount before they let you back… It’s such a good bonding experience. That gets you ready to go into the ceremony that night because your vanity’s gone.”

Ayahuasca

While fox had expected a more glamous camping experience (glamping), what she got was a dose of life medicine. If this doesn’t sound like the amazing spiritual awakening most hope for, she went on to say that ayahuasca: “goes straight into your soul, and it takes you to the psychological prison that you hold yourself in.” She said, in the end, ayahuasca “surpasses talk therapy or hypnotherapy.”

Kristen Bell

Yet another example of celebrities who say they were helped by psychedelics, is actress Kristen Bell. Bell has been open about dealing with anxiety and depression in life, and has had issues with treatment resistance, to the point that she decided to give magic mushrooms a shot.

“I really wanted to try some psilocybin and feel what kind of doors open, have a trip that was my own,” she explained on the podcast ‘Hypochondriactor’, hosted by actor Sean Hayes and Dr. Priyanka Wali. In order to make sure she was safe during her experience, she heavily researched psychedelic medicine, and made sure her husband Dax Shepard was there to watch over her.

Post experience, Bell says she’s in a better place with her anxiety and depression, but that it still comes back in waves. However, concerning these waves, she explains, “But my waves are never suicidal or anything… So I’m very lucky because that does happen to people.”

Bell encourages people to really do the research and understand themselves and their issues, she says, “During your treatment, you’ll learn a lot about what this disease is, and you may or may not decide a medication is right for you… But there’s a lot of different routes to feeling better, I guess is what I’d say, a lot.”

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs isn’t around today to further confirm his use of psychedelics, but during his life he spoke about them enough. Jobs, who co-founded Apple in 1976, went on to become one of the most important people in computing and technology, creating a massive empire for himself that included being chairman of Pixar, on the board for Disney, and founder, chairman and CEO of NeXT. Jobs died in 2011 of respiratory arrest, due to pancreatic cancer he had been battling since 2011.

LSD

Steve Jobs was known for being a little eccentric, and for trying things not everyone else would. For example, he actually embraced a fruitarian diet on-and-off for many years, which includes eating nothing but fruit, a rather extreme form of veganism. In the 70’s, during his college years, Jobs experimented with LSD. Of these trips, which he said took place between 1972-1974 he later stated:

“Throughout that period of time I used the LSD approximately ten to fifteen times… I would ingest the LSD on a sugar cube or in a hard form of gelatin. I would usually take the LSD when I was by myself. I have no words to explain the effect the LSD had on me, although, I can say it was a positive life changing experience for me and I am glad I went through that experience.” He also said of these experiences,

“Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life… LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important — creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.”

Conclusion

It might not require celebrities to get behind them, but any measure is no doubt helped along by the public push of those who everyone knows. And this includes psychedelics. If anything, by the time celebrities are willing to start talking about something, it says a lot for how far that topic has come. And celebrities are opening up more and more about their psychedelic use, and how its helped them in life.

With cannabis working its way to complete legalization, the DEA requesting more cannabis and magic mushrooms to be grown, with psilocybin and MDMA earmarked as breakthrough therapies by the FDA, and considering the legalization of esketamine in 2019 for depression, and for suicidal thoughts (updated 2020), the world of medicine is certainly shifting. In fact, in another decade, cannabis will likely be smoked freely, and psychedelics might be the basis of every psychiatric medication.

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