Zappa did not use drugs other than caffeine and nicotine. He criticized the use of drugs, because it gives people an excuse to behave like a total asshole and expressed the belief that the American government used LSD in the 1960s as an experiment to prevent possible youth rebellions:
"They were just so full of dope that they were going blindly their own way, not thinking for a moment that the origin of LSD was in the CIA and a lot of them probably don't like to think about that now. By taking LSD they were helping the CIA in one of their favorite experiments. After they got done taking volunteers from the army, they actually made a profit selling it to people on the street, and seeing what actually happened to a civilian population. They got it in the ass so bad from the CIA that they don't even know. So to sit on the outside of that and say it was stupid will not make you any friends in the group of people who really believe in it, and since there were more of them than of me, it sort of set me up in a negative light for all the years to come. (...) They're a cultural phenomenon, they're an industry, and they're a tool by which the government keeps the kids in check. They also use the same thing to keep the housewives down. Every time you take some dope and you think you're getting some escape from your life, you're just playing right into the government's hand. Everytime you use whatever it is that you use, you're registering yourself as a pawn. (...) The minute you start taking those drugs, they got you. I'd rather be free inside of my mind. If you don't have enough money to beat the system, the least you can do is keep your self-respect and know what you think is not chemically induced by a governmental agency."
References to drugs
- Who Needs The Peace Corps?: "I'm completely stoned! I'm hippie and I'm trippy..."
- Absolutely Free (The Track)
- Mystery Roach
- Dental Hygiene Dilemma
- Dummy Up
- The Adventures Of Greggery Peccary : "They appear to be casting sinister glances toward him through their glinting, acid, burn-out eyeballs (...) with the use of some chemical amusement aid..."
- Broken Hearts Are For Assholes: "And acted like it was cocaine"
- Joe's Garage (Track): "We didn't have no dope or LSD"
- Dong Work For Yuda: "...where musicians and former executives take turns snorting detergent..."
- The Poodle Lecture: "Oh, no, it's one of those dope fiend devices! Take it away!"
- Cocaine Decisions
- Tinsel Town Rebellion (The Track): "In between their powder sniffs/Chop up a line now, snort it up now"
- Charlie's Enormous Mouth
- Any Downers?
- Nig Biz: "All the dope I could shoot"
- Welcome To The United States: "Are you a drug abuser or addict?"
- . The Real Frank Zappa Book, 1989: "A drug is neither moral nor immoral -- it's a chemical compound. The compound itself is not a menace to society until a human being treats it as if consumption bestowed a temporary license to act like an asshole."