Aleister Crowley on Drugs


  • Christopher Partridge Lancaster University



Aleister Crowley, entheogenic esotericism, psychedelic


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 in 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.

Author Biography

Christopher Partridge, Lancaster University

Christopher Partridge is Professor of Religious Studies, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University.


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How to Cite

Partridge, C. (2017). Aleister Crowley on Drugs. International Journal for the Study of New Religions, 7(2), 125–151.