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Summer of Love

On the first day of spring, it marks another anniversary of the “Summer of Love,” igniting the popular culture of the “Jesus People.”

The movement officially started in San Francisco’s Haight-Asbury district to celebrate the freedom to express the use of drugs, easy sex, bisexual homosexuality, and religion. Soon key leaders such as Lonnie Frisbee, initially before switching to Satanism - Charles Manson and Ted Wise asserted that the “Jesus” in the Bible is a better choice of religious beliefs. While on an acid trip, Frisbee was told by a spirit to begin baptizing hippies despite their depraved lifestyle addictions. With this, the ”Jesus People” subculture was born.


The hippie movement was birthed from the youth resisting conformity to America’s materialism focus, the organized church & state, and the anti-drug modalities of the day.

The two primary drugs of choice were marijuana & acid. During the hippie era, the use of acid shifted from the CIA’s experimental lab-created drug used for mind control during the Cold War – as a weapon, to psychiatric use. The psychiatric world believed the use of acid assisted their patients in being more willing to communicate. The professional world called this drug “Adam,” returning the patient to an innocent state. Soon this drug trickled into the private sector, making it the leading “party drug” of the hippie culture.

The history of cannabis, or marijuana, dates back to 500 BC when Asians supposedly discovered it. The American history of cultivating " pot " dates back to the colonists, who primarily used it for textiles and rope. However, with their exposure to the “peace pipes” of the natives, the domestic use of marijuana began to cement itself in American culture. President Nixon initiated the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 to list marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, along with heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. This Act was initiated because these drugs became the centerpiece of the active hippie movements sweeping America in the 60s and 70s. This governing mandate fueled the counterreaction of the hippies. The youth separated themselves from all organized governing entities.

Soon, the hippies found themselves with addictions, serious ones. Since marijuana, LSD, and ecstasy provoke sexual hormones, the Sexual Revolution ignited and dominated culture and society. With this, sexual diseases erupted into the culture, as in the case of the birth of HIV/AIDS and other transmittable diseases. Many hippies like Lonnie F