12 Greatest Accomplishments Anyone Has Ever Achieved While On Drugs

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For those of you that are experienced in the art of taking drugs, you already know that drugs rarely give you special powers or enhance any of your natural abilities. In fact, it is so rare to accomplish anything great while high that this list isn’t even that long.

Depressants (Heroin, Analgesics, Alcohol) will decrease alertness and slow everything in your central nervous system down. Stimulants (Amphetamines) do the opposite and increase your body and mind’s state of arousal but that can turn things a bit sloppy. Hallucinogens (LSD, Acid, PCP, ‘Shrooms) alter your perception and cause you to see things that aren’t real.

But there have been people that have accomplished some of the most amazing feats while on a drug of some kind. It is even more amazing when you hear the story behind the experiences.

Here are the greatest accomplishments anyone has ever achieved while on drugs.

12. Stephen Gould

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  • Creation: Punctuated Equilibrium
  • Drug of Choice: Marijuana
  • Details: The invention is a theory, not a tangible item. It means that a species remains generally stable, changing very little for millions of years. Although he never gave marijuana the credit for this idea, he was a user of the drug to help alleviate his nausea and would use it regularly during which he was also coming up with this idea.

11. Paul Erdos


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  • Creation: Mathematical papers
  • Drug of Choice: Amphetamines
  • Details: Paul Erdos is one of the greatest and most prolific publishers the math world has ever seen having nearly 1,525 mathematical articles published in his lifetime. That’s the equivalent of hitting 900 home runs in one season. His drug use was no secret and was something he was very open about. He once won a bet where he stopped using amphetamines for a month, however, he created nothing. He went back to using amphetamines shortly after the bet.

10. Timothy Leary 

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  • Creation: Psychedelic drugs in Controlled Conditions
  • Drug of Choice: LSD, Psilocybin, Mescaline
  • Details: Of all the jobs to have, Timothy Leary decided to start working on psychedelic drugs by experimenting with them in controlled scenarios. He even co-wrote a book titled, “The Psychedelic Experience” which talks about using the drugs and their effects on the mind, body, and soul.

9. Coca-Cola 

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  • Creation: Coca-Cola
  • Drug of Choice: Morphine
  • Details: The inventor of Coca-Cola did add cocaine to the original syrup for the most popular soda of all time. However, John Pemberton a former Lt. Colonel of the Confederate Army’s 3rd Georgia Calvary Battalion and pharmacist, started using morphine as a way of dealing with the war. The addiction got so bad that he created Coca-Cola as a soda drink that would cure his addiction.

8. Thomas Edison

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  • Creation: Light bulb, Movie Camera, and many others
  • Drug of Choice: Cocaine
  • Details: The famous inventor created many things but his biggest invention was electricity when he came up with the light bulb. He was known for using an elixir laced with cocaine called Vin Mariani. It was the inspiration for the invention of Coca-Cola too.

7. Sigmund Freud

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  • Creation: Psychoanalysis
  • Drug of Choice: Cocaine
  • Details: Besides using cocaine, Sigmund Freud was one of the world’s biggest supporter of this new “wonder drug.” Just like a pharmaceutical sales rep sells the newest miracle pill to doctor’s offices, he was pushing this drug to everyone that cared about what he had to say. He ended up becoming addicted to it but throughout the time he used it, he came up with most of his ideas and creations.

6. Robert Louis Stevenson


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  • Creation: Wrote Dr. Jekyl and Mr.Hyde
  • Drug of Choice: Cocaine
  • Details: If you haven’t figured it out by now, cocaine was a big drug in America throughout the turn of the 20th century because no one knew what it could fully do yet. Robert Louis Stevenson didn’t use cocaine for recreational use at first. He was prescribed the drug for a hemorrhage and after taking it, he dreamt up the story after one dream. He literally awoke from his nightmare and started writing until the story was ready.

5. Bob Marley

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  • Creation: Reggae Music
  • Drug of Choice: Marijuana
  • Details: Everyone knows that Jamaican’s love their marijuana. They also know, or at least they should know, that Bob Marley was a big user of it too. Even if you aren’t a fan of his music, you have to respect what he created and how he came from poverty to create beautiful music that is to inspire all of us. (Side Note: We know that a lot of music is the result of drug use. But Bob was special.)

4. Kary Mullis

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  • Creation: Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
  • Drug of Choice: LSD
  • Details: Without getting too technical, Polymerase Chain Reaction, or PCR, is a technique used in molecular biology to amplify copies of DNA. It is now used for DNA cloning, gene analysis, diagnosis of hereditary diseases, paternity testing, fingerprinting, and infectious disease detection. Basically, it changed the face of molecular biology and Kary Mullis figured it out while tripping on LSD.

3. Francis Crick

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  • Creation: Discovered DNA
  • Drug of Choice: LSD
  • Details: Francis Crick discovered DNA while taking LSD. Can you even imagine how incredible of an accomplishment that is while high? If you have tried LSD, then you already know it can walk you down a road of mind-opening ideas that are sometimes too hard to organize into rational ideas or thoughts.

2. Dock Ellis

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  • Creation: Pitched a No-Hitter
  • Drug of Choice: Acid
  • Details: In the Major Leagues, 23 different pitchers have tossed Perfect Games since 1880, none of them have done it twice. It is one of the rarest feats a professional MLB pitcher can accomplish in his career. For those that do not know what a perfect game is, let’s explain. A perfect game is when a pitcher throws a complete game shutout without giving up a hit, run, or walk and only faces the minimum number of batters, 27. That means, every single batter that comes up to the plate, doesn’t reach base, at all, no matter what. One by one they fall, out after out, until 9 innings is complete. Back in 1970, Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter. He would have pitched a perfect game if he didn’t walk 8 batters but can you blame a man that told the story about how he doesn’t even remember seeing the catcher at times.

1. Moses

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  • Creation: The Ten Commandments
  • Drug of Choice: Mushrooms
  • Details: There is no proof of the contrary that Moses was high on mushrooms when he discovered the two tablets that ended up The Ten Commandments that almost everyone in the world lives by. It is where the idea of law and legal systems came from, as well as a list of ideals religious people follow. This isn’t a knock against whether God is real or not, simply that Moses wasn’t the most intelligent of men and if he was talking to God, he probably would not have been able to gather in his simple mind exactly what was happening long enough to understand The Ten Commandments.
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