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Aleister Crowley on drugs

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>20/02/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal for the Study of New Religions
Issue number2
Volume7
Number of pages26
Pages (from-to)125-151
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

While much has been written about the life, work and influence of Aleister Crowley, relatively little attention has been directed to his drug use. This is a little surprising because, not only did he become addicted to heroin, but he incorporated psychoactive substances into his occult work, discussed their psychological effects, commented on drug-related social issues, critiqued contemporary drug legislation, published drug literature, and even translated Charles Baudelaire’s “Poem of Hashish.” This article discusses his thought on drugs and religious experience and suggests that they were, largely because of his addiction, a more important force in his life than has thus far been acknowledged.