Hunter S. Thompson did two things remarkably well: write and ingest drugs.
Now, thanks to Thompson’s widow, Anita Thompson, we finally have the opportunity to honor the Good Doctor of Gonzo journalism by smoking strains of weed recovered from his personal stash. Anita Thompson revealed the news last November in a Facebook post that read: “I have found a legal method to extract the DNA from Hunter’s personal marijuana and hashish that I saved for 12-15 years. I am in the process of making the strains available to those who would like to enjoy the authentic Gonzo strains in legal states.”
For fans of Hunter and his work, this is significant for a number of reasons.
Hunter S. Thompson, the author of the acclaimed cultural touchstone Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, was one of the writers skilled enough to have their work officially canonized by the Modern Library while they were still alive. A breathtaking feat on its own, Thompson managed to pull it all off while high on any number of drugs ranging from whiskey to mescaline to “high-powered blotter acid.”
Simply put, if you’re looking for good wine, you’d be wise to ask someone who’s tried a wide variety of brands—like a Sommelier. But if you’re looking for good drugs, you might wish to consult the man who’s journalistic investigations involved ingesting “two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers…”
Hunter’s passion for marijuana is well documented, so there’s good reason to believe he was smoking some of the world’s finest strains.
“I have always loved marijuana.” Hunter once said. “It has been a source of joy and comfort to me for many years. And I still think of it as a basic staple of life, along with beer and ice and grapefruits—and millions of Americans agree with me.”
Anita’s decision to make public these highly sought-after weed strains is not only good news for cannabis enthusiasts. By purchasing and smoking Hunter’s personal strains of weed, you won’t only be enjoying what I can only imagine being world-class marijuana—you’ll also be supporting the work of young journalists. Purchases of the strains will support The Gonzo Foundation, a non-profit which supports University endowments for students majoring in journalism.
Unfortunately, Hunter’s personal strains of weed will only be made available in states where marijuana is currently legal, which does not include the author’s home state of Kentucky. But if you’re looking to sail down Route 66 in a red convertible en route to Las Vegas in true Gonzo fashion, while high on Hunter’s favorite strains of weed, you can officially do so legally—just make sure you’re not in the driver’s seat.