This is an interesting account of a woman who got into Hare Krishna but who has now moved away from it. She's still sympathetic to the religion, though.
I note that she was obviously no stranger to recreational drug taking before she got into it. I have a family member who is (last I heard) still in the religion, who came to it with some recreational drug experience (of a worrying degree, apparently. I don't know the full details, though.)
I guess this is of no great surprise: I tend to think anyone who tries anything more psychoactive than, say, marijuana, is showing signs of spiritual aimlessness which a strong communitarian religious practice like Hare Krishna is able to address. (Gee, I still don't like using the word "spiritual".)
Anyhow, one of the comments that follow the article is cruel, but funny:
I used to live over the back fence from a Hare Krisna house in Brisbane - 24 hour cycle chanting hare krisna, hare krisna, hare rama, rama rama etc. - so I got to know the words.
My take was it suited wimpy directionless people attracted to traditional conservative roles with an appearance of something special and different