The Beatles renounce the use of drugs

On August 26th 1967, after listening to a lecture on transcendental meditation, the Beatles held a press conference renouncing the use of drugs.  

The band had met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in London and followed him to Bangor in Wales for a 10 day conference on meditation. His talks had such a profound impact on the band that they renounced the use of LSD and other heavy drugs.

According to George Harrison and Paul McCartney the Beatles were looking for a more natural, spiritual path to enlightenment; and that LSD and similar drugs weren't the way to get there.

"LSD isn't a real answer. It doesn't give you anything. It enables you to see a lot of possibilities that you may never noticed before, but it isn't the answer. You don't just take LSD and that's it forever, you're OK. To get really high, you have to do it straight. I want to get high, and you can't get high on LSD. You can take it and take it as many times as you like, but you get to a point that you can't get any further unless you stop taking it."

George Harrison

"You cannot keep on taking drugs forever. You get to the stage where you are taking fifteen aspirins a day, without having a headache. We were looking for something more natural. This is it. It was an experience we went through. Now it's over and we don't need it any more. We think we're finding other ways of getting there."

Paul McCartney

"It helps you find fulfilment in life, helps you live life to the full. Young people are searching for a bit of peace inside themselves."

John Lennon

The Beatles with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, August 1967. 

The Beatles with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, August 1967.