For hundreds and thousands of years, human beings have experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to celebrate the gods; some used drugs to “communicate” with the other side.
As time went on, people began using drugs for a quick creativity boost. As a matter of fact, two separate studies have shown that people with higher IQ’s are far more likely to use drugs than a person with an average IQ. Here’s a look at five men who not only transformed the course of history, each admittedly experimented with drugs along the way.
Bill Gates is known around the world for his work in the computer industry and for co-founding Microsoft. He’s also consistently ranked as being one of the wealthiest people in the world. And believe it or not, Gates admitted to taking LSD, a potent hallucinogen, in his “errant youth.”
Steve Jobs, an iconic American entrepreneur and inventor, co-founded Apple, Inc. That invention earned him a pretty impressive nickname: pioneer of the personal computer revolution. Though he became a prominent public figure and solidified a place in history, Jobs never shied away from speaking his mind or discussing his views on drugs. Jobs never hid the fact that he experimented with LSD in the 1960s. In fact, the computer genius went on record saying that his experimentation with the powerful hallucinogen was actually “one of the two or three most important things I have done in life.”
Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist whose advanced thinking earned him a place in history. The “father of psychoanalysis” was fascinated by dream analysis and formulated the Oedipus complex. Freud also had a serious love for cocaine, describing it as his “wonder drug.” In a letter written to his fiancée, Freud said: “I expect (cocaine) will win its place in therapeutics by the side of morphine… I take very small doses of it regularly against depression and against indigestion and with the most brilliant of success.”
Carl Sagan is without a doubt the most influential astrophysicist and cosmologist in history. Best known for his contributions to scientific research of extraterrestrial life, Sagan was also a chronic user of and advocate for marijuana. Sagan was openly critical of the laws against marijuana and believed everyone should have access to the herbal plant. He firmly believed THC heightened his experiences with music, food, and even sex. “The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world,” said Sagan.
Thomas Edison was a prolific inventor who introduced us to devices like the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the light bulb. Edison was also a huge fan of “Vin Mariani”, a Bordeaux wine treated with coca leaves. The active ingredient of this beverage was cocaine, which undoubtedly played a huge role in Edison’s chronic insomnia.
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