“What I was after was a significant high, so during the ’50’s and ’60s I tried everything I could get my hands on. But in time I found that this high became more available through other forms of activity…” Leonard Cohen

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What I was after was a significant high, so during the ’50’s and ’60’s I tried everything I could get my hands on. But in time I found that this high became more available through other forms of activity. And the mind that is produced by certain kinds of study, certain kinds of discipline, is so much more finely-attuned to those areas you want to get the news from that, in the end, even using hashish is like treating a pocket watch with a sledgehammer. I wouldn’t go near drugs nowadays. Cigarettes are the only drugs I’m combating now.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Read Leonard Cohen’s exclusive interview with Hot Press from 1988 by Joe Jackson (Hot Press: 11 Nov 2016)

Leonard Cohen Talks About His Marijuana Use In 1992

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Occasionally, out of sheer compassion for the company, I will take a puff of a joint – and inhale it. But it throws me for a loop. Maybe, like sex, it’s the sport of the young.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Life Of A Lady’s Man by Brian D. Johnson. Maclean’s: Dec 7, 1992. Originally posted Jul 12, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen, of course, is known to have used medical marijuana while working on his final album. (See A Non-Tobacco Possibility About Leonard Cohen’s Cigarette On The You Want It Darker Cover)

Leonard Cohen explains why he is “not a really good drinker or a really good junkie”

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I’m not a really good drinker or a really good junkie. My stomach just doesn’t permit it. I was very lucky in that respect, because a lot of people I know, especially in those turbulent times, just didn’t survive it.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Life Of A Ladies’ Man by Sarah Hampson. Globe and Mail: May. 25 2007