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Famous People Talk About Their Experiences With Drugs

Stars—they’re just like us!

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From mind expansion to legalization, these celebrities aren’t shy about divulging opinions, recounting drug-addled stories, advocating for personal freedom, and talking cannabis culture. These are important topics. Our ability to have a consciousness expanding, even hallucinogenic, experience is incredibly profound. Where would we be without, well, drugs? Bill Maher puts it best here when he says, “If it weren’t for acid, you might not have an iPod. And you definitely wouldn’t have some of the best music in your iPod.” Carry on!

Susan Sarandon on Cannabis Legalization

Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon has openly admitted to imbibing cannabis before many Hollywood events “except the Oscars” and believes cannabis should be legal. In this interview with Huffington Post Live, Sarandon talks policy, racism, and drug cartels.

Morgan Freeman Talks Weed With Larry King

Oscar winner Morgan Freeman is no stranger to the energy-giving properties of marijuana. In this clip, he engages in frank conversation with Larry King about cannabis strains and legalization, acknowledging, “They can’t continue to say that it’s a dangerous drug when it’s safer than alcohol.”

Seth Rogen and David Letterman Talk About Weed

Dave admits to abstaining for over 30 years, but has many questions for Seth about dispensary etiquette, cannabis potency, and where to get the “primo weed.”

President Obama on Legalizing Marijuana

In an interview with Vice founder Shane Smith, President Barack Obama discusses issues surrounding marijuana legalization. While making a case for re-examining current laws and the way the criminal justice system handles cases, he urges everyone to ask challenging questions regarding drug use and the effects legalization may have on those with substance abuse issues.

The Beatles Describe Their Drug Experiences

One can’t revisit the story of the Beatles without taking a look at how drug culture was so intimately intertwined. Many videos online capture the band describing their personal experiences with various substances, from Paul on LSD, to Ringo getting high with Bob Dylan, to George on heroin.

Timothy Leary Advises You Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out

Revolutionary psychologist and influential writer Timothy Leary is best known for advocating the use of psychedelic drugs for controlled, therapeutic purposes. In this rare recording from 1966, Leary quietly speaks about how drugs can be used as a tool for mind expansion and encourages the listener to define goals and strategies for the psychedelic generation.

Joe Rogan on Dimethyltryptamine (DMT)

From discovering cannabis for the first time, to discussing marijuana and work ethic, to experimenting with DMT, comedian and actor Joe Rogan tackles fascinating drug-related topics in a casual conversational style that both entertains and informs in his popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience.

Steve Jobs on LSD

Steve Jobs credited recreational drug use for fueling his creativity: “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.” Enjoy this LSD montage scene in the 2013 film Jobs, where Ashton Kutcher portrays Apple’s legendary co-founder.

Chelsea Handler Does...Drugs

Comedian Chelsea Handler dives deep into the world of drugs in her Netflix documentary series Chelsea Does, featuring a cannabis-infused dinner with friends, conversations with drug addicts, neuroscientific experiments with Adderall and Ambien, and an excursion to try ayahuasca in Peru.

Bill Maher’s Entertaining Rant about Drugs

Comedian, television host, and political commentator Bill Maher is no stranger to pushing the drug conversation forward. In this video, Maher boasts that some of the most creative modern minds were admitted drug users. He goes on to say that side effects from substances like LSD pale in comparison to certain prescription medications given to children.