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

(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.

The LSD force was with him.
The LSD force was with him.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
A beaming Steve Jobs shows off a new iPhone at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco in 2010.
A beaming Steve Jobs shows off a new iPhone at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco in 2010.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
Apple Inc. Chairman and CEO Steve Jobs gestures on stage during an event at Apple Inc. in Cupertino, Calif., Thursday, April 8, 2010.
Apple Inc. Chairman and CEO Steve Jobs gestures on stage during an event at Apple Inc. in Cupertino, Calif., Thursday, April 8, 2010.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
The face of Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs created with adhesive notes is displayed on the window of an Apple Store in Munich on October 18, 2011.
The face of Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs created with adhesive notes is displayed on the window of an Apple Store in Munich on October 18, 2011.   (Getty Images)
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