Graham Hancock Tells Joe Rogan Why He Quit Smoking Marijuana

Graham Hancock, Joe Rogan experience

Graham Hancock shared with Joe Rogan how and why he gave up smoking weed after decades of wake ‘n bake. What do you think of his decision, Disinfonauts? Will it affect his writing? If so, how? Here’s a link to the full podcast, if you’d like to hear more. Want more Graham Hancock? Check out his recent appearance on episode 51 of our own podcast, The DisinfoCast. Hancock discusses his dust-up with the organizers of the TED Talks and its greater context as part of a “war on consciousness.”

Graham Hancock, Joe Rogan experience


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  1. Ted Heistman | Jun 30, 2013 at 11:49 am |

    I think pot should be legal but that its over rated. I met a lot of daily pot smokers with a hacking cough in Washington State. Even before it became legal it was really lax there with lots of dispensaries. So I saw lots of pot smokers. I once saw a Busker dump a bunch of pot somebody gave him on the ground because apparently it was not great quality.

    So anyway, I don’t think smoking pot is exactly like Popeye eating spinach. Not from what I’ve seen. As far as myself, i don’t feel the need to be “out of it” all the time, but its fun once in a while. I have had visionary experiences from it but also without it.

    • Trevor Smith | Jun 30, 2013 at 12:15 pm |

      Don’t let the plant abuse idiots engage in sway your opinion on that plant. People will misuse anything and everything. I personally don’t think its a universeal panacea to cure all illness and enlighten all of mankind, but pot is more underrated than overrated IMO. Just look how many millions of people smoke it daily and yet remain almost wholly ignorant of its intense psychedelic potential

      Not to mention how the majority of society neglects its true medicinal benefits…and its immense industrial uses…But that said i do agree that some small small portion of the population do think it is essentially a panacea..But they’re not as far off of the mark as these brainwashed robots who think its the devil’s lettuce are.

      • Ted Heistman | Jun 30, 2013 at 12:22 pm |

        I’d like to see it be just another thing, like beer. I agree hemp is really useful, so right there its probably better than beer. So its like beer, crossed with some type of medicine, crossed with something you can build things with.

        So its got a lot going for it, I have to admit. But as far as anyone wanting to give up smoking it daily or give up hanging around people who smoke it daily I can see that too. Because it very obviously doesn’t turn people into super people by smoking it constantly. I have seen that first hand.

        • Ted Heistman | Jun 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm |

          I will say though, I have no problem with people being, kind of like hunter gathers, and sitting around doing nothing most of the time. I know the HADZA of Africa smoke a lot of weed and their white US counterparts live all over the PNW, dumpster diving, panhandling, riding the rails playing music, etc.

          So its not that much of as shock to me that the PTB might be putting these things together in outlawing pot, for the sake of maintaining an easily controlled labor force.

          I feel like a guy like Hancock has a strong sense of personal mission, so he would never just sit around I think. And apparently he worked really hard while on pot. But apparently he experienced some type of pendulum swing that took him away from creativity into paranoia.

          I believe most of all in people having personal autonomy and self determination. So I say legalize it and let people decide for themselves if its a good thing for them.

        • Trevor Smith | Jul 1, 2013 at 6:29 pm |

          The weed/beer comparison is a nonsensical relation that exists in the minds of our backwards society. They are virtually nothing alike and its misleading to compare them. And yes, obviously smoking weed all day isn’t going to make anyone into superman. That is pretty much irrelevant though

  2. InfvoCuernos | Jun 30, 2013 at 2:16 pm |

    I’m pro-legalization, but sometimes the list of shit that people say it cures looks like a snake oil advertisement on the side of a wagon in 1870. I’m sure if it ever gets legal status, monsanto will GMO that too and ruin like they do everything else.

    • theres a difference between treats, aids in symptoms and cures.

      unfortunately, you and many others dont undersatnd those definitions.

  3. Interesting. “The Sign and the Seal” was my favorite by far. It’s hard to recognize the line between your own use or abuse with anything. Good for him.

  4. I liked Graham Hancock a lot more before all he talked about is chemicals. The last couple years have been about Ayahuasca, now its that and how he quit weed. I congratulate his strength and progress, but he’s got a lot of non drug related things to say that I find way more interesting. The conversation with Lorna is an awesome departure from his recent schtick.

  5. BuzzCoastin | Jun 30, 2013 at 7:06 pm |

    if you meditate for any period of time
    your body releases THC
    which is why the brain has THC receptors
    you can get the same effect from pot
    only faster & in higher doses for short periods of time

    the human body tends to manufacture most illegal drugs
    for it’s own use
    but in smaller than than the usual hit
    except for DMT
    which it produces in such large doses
    wee can’t remember the experience

    • THC released from meditation?? Do you have a source on that? …A credible source?

  6. Thad McKraken | Jul 1, 2013 at 10:12 am |

    You know what my take was? Damn, Graham used to smoke way more than me. I mean like, 8 hours a day more as I normally don’t smoke until 5:30 at night. I wake and bake on the weekends. I also find it interesting that I scaled back my drinking last year for purely spiritual reasons and would concede, just like Graham with pot, the reason I had to do this is because I drank waaaaaay too much for too many years. Now my body can’t handle heavy drinking because of that (I used to drink from noon to one in the morning or so every Saturday, partially because I was hungover from Friday). I fucked up. The lesson in both cases seems to be: moderation. It now sort of blows my mind how I somehow didn’t think that drinking that much would be an issue and I could keep it up indefinitely. Never would have occurred to me consciously and it was the last thing in the universe I wanted to hear from my higher self. Very similar to Graham’s story actually.

  7. I dislike Hancock. He is no expert on anything, especially DMT. Him and Rogan are no more qualified to talk about this stuff than my granny, and yet people eat it up. I read Hancock’s reasons for quitting pot in another disinfo article. It was obvious to me that he was suffering from some kind of psychological complex. Feeling ridden with guilt and self loathing, he became convinced that pot was the source of his problem. In reality I think he was the source of his own problems. Now he goes around sounding like some born again christian. What a douche.

    • Ted Heistman | Jul 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm |

      Boy, you just hate everybody!! Where is your degree on comment section pontificating? Are you really “qualified” to say all this?

      • I didn’t think anyone needed a degree to point out nonsense.

        • Ted Heistman | Jul 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm |

          Are you really qualified to say that? Can you provide references? I notice your comments contain no foot notes. I think you may be spreading pseudoscience. Better leave this stuff to the experts.

          • I don’t need to be a scientist myself, or an expert on anything like that… neither do you.

            We both have access to the same information. We live in an age of unprecedented access to technology and information. We can both read, and search the web, and talk to others. Without being a physicist, or chemist, or medical doctor, one can surely benefit from all the breakthroughs made in a given field.

            You should really read more…

            Elves, past lives, other dimensions? Is there any reason why any modern thinking person should eat this shit up? You have got to be pretty gullible to be high and mistake the effects of the drug for something else.

          • Ted Heistman | Jul 1, 2013 at 4:29 pm |


            “I don’t need to be a scientist myself, or an expert on anything like that… neither do you.

            We both have access to the same information. We live in an age of
            unprecedented access to technology and information. We can both read,
            and search the web, and talk to others. Without being a physicist, or
            chemist, or medical doctor, one can surely benefit from all the
            breakthroughs made in a given field.”

            Seems like the above statement would apply to Joe Rogan and Graham Hancock too…Looks like they are QUALIFIED to share their opinion after all. Thanks for enlightening me.

          • Duh, and there is no reason any one should assume what they say is of value… whatever. Clearly you fall within the demographic they are pandering to. I don’t ultimately give a shit. Have fun believing in fairies or whatever.

          • David Heath | Jul 17, 2013 at 7:49 am |

            do you not even understand the hypocrisy of what you are saying?

  8. Joe Rogan is kinda lame. He calls DMT a ‘Portal to the after life’, despite the fact that no one, any where, has ever confirmed for sure that there is indeed an ‘after life’ or a god (or anything like that).

    All we can say about DMT right now, is that it is a powerful hallucinogen that makes you trip out. Obviously no drug, or drug induced experience can, all by itself, prove the existence of god(s), entities, reincarnation, non material realms, magic powers, etc.

    No hard evidence exists to corroborate any anecdotal evidence surrounding encounters with aliens, elves, angels, or anything else. No real reason to think the experiences are anything but imaginary, hallucinatory. Not tangible or real.

    We know these experiences are easily affected by subtle changes in brain chemistry. A variety of causes can attribute to them, drugs, music/dance, mental health, etc. The similarities between the different experiences, the real affects on the brain, provide a big a clue as to what is “really happening”. There is no reason to think the answer involves anything paranormal or supernatural.

    Drugs are not a ‘portal’ or ‘gateway’ to ‘past lives’ or ‘other dimensions’. They don’t allow you to ‘talk to jesus’, or ‘time travel’ or even give you ‘psychic powers’.

    What they do is allow you to think from multiple perspectives. Inspire new ideas and offer windows into the human thought process. They allow us to explore various emotional complexities and may be perfect for treating various psychological problems.

    • Trevor Smith | Jul 1, 2013 at 6:32 pm |

      I don’t believe anything, but it seems like you’ve made up your mind instead of admitting that we just don’t know for sure yet either way. Glad you’ve figured it all out and come back to let us know the truth.

      But I will say that it seems you obviously have very little experience with DMT if you dismiss it all so readily. I’ve seen this same debate a billion times by now.

      Its pathetic people dogmatically renounce all drug experiences as being “not real” because of the mere fact that it is mediated by a drug…when in reality ALL experience is a drug experience. We’re all on drugs, all the time. Largely because….we’re fucking made of them.

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