Steve Jobs Told Pentagon About LSD, Pot Use
Acid, pot nurtured his creativity, says Apple founder
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2012 12:18 AM CDT
Updated Jun 14, 2012 12:24 AM CDT
The LSD force was with him.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

(Newser) – Steve Jobs discovered one definite way to "think different." The mega-mind behind Apple took LSD some 15 times, and it was a "life-changing experience," Jobs revealed on a 1988 security clearance application he filled out for the Department of Defense. "It was a positive life changing experience for me, and I am glad I went through that experience," Jobs said of his several trips from 1972-74. "I would ingest the LSD on a sugar cube or in a hard form of gelatin," he said on the application obtained by Wired. "I would usually take the LSD when I was by myself."

Jobs also smoked pot or hash, or ate it cooked into brownies, once or twice a week between 1973 and 1977, he revealed. "The best way I would describe the effect of the marijuana and the hashish is that it would make me relaxed and creative," he said. Jobs' security clearance was required because intelligence agencies were using Pixar's image computer for configuring information gleaned from reconnaissance flights and satellites, according to Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs.

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AustinSpace
Jun 14, 2012 1:54 PM CDT
Worked for me too. I once "came to" the next day with a really good understanding of moire patterns, harmonics and resonance. I felt like I was seeing sound waves, watching them interact, and so I spent the next month studying addition and subtraction of periodic functions. I got myself a copy of the Moire Index by Carsten Nicolai and now I know what waves look like from multiple different angles. Acid-dosing hippies often love fractals and moire patterns, but they aren't just beautiful, they are very useful.
Ultraworld
Jun 14, 2012 12:57 PM CDT
Anyone surprised?
karlkisba
Jun 14, 2012 10:02 AM CDT
this is old news!! that being said, cool. good for him: someone who used psychedelics in moderation, responsibly, and for the right purpose (expanding his perception/creative mind). brilliant dude!