Chelsea Handler: People Who Refuse to Try Drugs Are 'Untrustworthy'

By McCarton Ackerman 11/02/16

"You don't have to abuse alcohol in the way that I do, but I would appreciate people experimenting with drugs, hallucinogens, alcohol, loosen up a bit."

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Chelsea Handler: People Who Refuse to Try Drugs Are 'Untrustworthy'
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Chelsea Handler has made a career off her boozy stories, but the comedian and talk show host raised eyebrows when she described people who abstain from using alcohol and drugs as “untrustworthy” and “fucking tricky.”

Appearing on last Friday’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, host Bill Maher referenced an earlier statement from Handler in which she cited Donald Trump’s abstaining from alcohol as a strike against him. Maher, an open marijuana user and advocate, added that he “never trusts people” who refuse to smoke pot.

“I find that very suspect. I don't like when people don't like to broaden their horizons. I mean, you don't have to abuse alcohol in the way that I do, but I would appreciate people experimenting with drugs, hallucinogens, alcohol, loosen up a bit,” said Handler. “Otherwise, there's a control factor that I don't trust, and that's what creates a despot or somebody like a Donald Trump. It's untrustworthy.”

However, she made it clear that her belief didn’t apply to those with a history of alcohol or drug use. Handler said, "I respect people who are sober because they had a problem and they got sober. But if you've never tried it, yeah, you're fucking tricky."

Handler also discussed using the hallucinogenic drug ayahuasca on a January episode of her Netflix series Chelsea Does. Handler traveled to Peru to experiment with the drug as part of a ceremony overseen by a shaman. Although she vomited on camera after trying the drug, she still spoke fondly of it.

“I think drugs are great with broadening your mind. It’s not great to abuse anything, obviously, but it's great to think in different ways and to get outside of yourself and look at your life … like you're not coming from this place of self-interest and self-obsession and just relax a little bit,” said Handler. “I know, for many other people, ayahuasca has helped them. Ayahuasca helps people quit drinking. I mean, it didn't help me do that, but I still had a great experience.”

In the “Chelsea Does Drugs” episode, Handler also took Adderall, smoked a joint with Willie Nelson and mixed Ambien with cocktails “to show people what happens when you get fucked up.” She also expounded on her ayahuasca journey and said it helped improve her relationship with her sister.

“I had all these beautiful imageries of my childhood and me and my sister laughing on a kayak, and all these beautiful things with me and my sister,” she said. “So [my experience] was very much about opening my mind to loving my sister, and not being so hard on her.”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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