FACT! - It's normal to want to get high

Since the dawn of time man has been altering his state of mind.

450 BC
Greek historian Herodotus records how tribesmen living near Mongolia throw hemp seeds onto a hot stone. “As it burns, it smokes like incense and the smell of it makes them drunk, just as wine does,” he writes of what sounds suspiciously like a pre-Christian Bonnaroo. “As more fruit is thrown on, they get more and more intoxicated until they jump up and start singing and dancing.”

British poet and opium addict Samuel Taylor Coleridge wakes from a drug-induced sleep and writes his poem “Kubla Khan.” The hallucinogenic verses will later inspire the Rush track “Xanadu,” and maybe those nifty drum rolls in “Tom Sawyer” too.

Louis Armstrong releases “Muggles,” whose title is the trumpeter’s pet name for marijuana. This, in turn, may help explain why he found the world so “wonderful.”

Harry Anslinger, first commissioner of the Bureau of Narcotics, warns Congress that “coloreds with big lips” are “luring white women with jazz and marijuana.” He calls pot “the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.” In response, Congress takes the first step toward outlawing it with the Marihuana Tax Act.

Jazz saxophonist and drug dealer Milton “Mezz” Mezzrow is sent to prison for three years for selling marijuana.

LSD is created by scientist Albert Hoffman, who accidentally ingests it through his fingers. He is subsequently forced to lie down and sinks into a “not unpleasant, intoxicated condition characterized by an extremely stimulated imagination.”

Keith Richards is born.

Author Aldous Huxley publishes The Doors of Perception, which describes his experience taking mescaline. The similarly hallucinogen-friendly Jim Morrison will later name his band the Doors in tribute.

So yes it is normal to want to, and to get high. So feel free to turn on, tune in and drop out if need be. You won't be the first. You won't be the last, and you'll have friends along the way.

Keep in mind kids, getting high is for adults only!