Some of the Strangest Drugs that Actually Exist

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Many drugs were founded under the premise of medical use and helping people, others were discovered completely by accident; wither way, drugs are everywhere and people have found a way to change, manipulate and market them to be consumed recreationally. Illegal drugs bring in billions of dollars world wide and listed below are some of the newer, stranger ones that have recently been discovered and are being produced.

Also called Devils Breath, and dubbed by some as the “scariest drug in the world” Scopolamine is the main ingredient in a popular Colombian rape concoction that supposedly turns its users, or victims, into zombies.

Many of the drugs on this list were originally invented for medical usage, and scopolamine is still on the market, employed for things like treating seasickness and other motion sicknesses. Astronauts even use it. This is, of course, in small doses. When you up the amount that goes into your body, then you’re in trouble. Scopolamine in larger doses has a powerful and often very disturbing hallucinogenic effect. In Colombia, where it’s used heavily, it’s called “devil’s breath,” and is often used to dose unsuspecting victims, as it makes users incredibly passive and pliable. Once dosed, the scopolamine zombies will happily empty their bank accounts, perform sexual favors, or whatever else they’re asked to do.

Bath Salts
Bath salts is a term used in North America to describe a number of recreational designer drugs. The name derives from instances in which the drugs were sold disguised as true bath salts. The white powder, granules, or crystals often resemble true bath salts such as Epsom salts, but are very different chemically. The drugs’ packaging often states “not for human consumption” in an attempt to circumvent drug prohibition laws.

Bath salts can be ingested, snorted, smoked, or injected. Injection is especially ill-advised as these products rarely list ingredients, let alone dosage. Bath salts are known to be detrimental to human health and have been known to cause hallucinations.

Hundreds of other designer drugs or “legal highs” have been reported, including artificial chemicals such as synthetic cannabis and semi-synthetic substances such as methylhexaneamine. These drugs are primarily developed to avoid being controlled by laws against illegal drugs, thus giving them the label of designer drugs.

Many people have heard of the drug ecstasy. It’s synthetic and, at least in the lab, it’s known as MDMA, short for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine. Ecstasy gained popularity at nightclubs in 1980s and ’90s. The pills gave users the euphoric high of amphetamines and the psychedelic effects of hallucinogens.

Molly, experts say, contains all MDMA in a crystalline powder contained in a capsule. So, it’s a concentrated form of ecstasy, but users don’t always know if it’s truly “pure.” Like all synthetic drugs, it could be diluted with other psychogenic substances.

Because apparently Heroine isn’t quite dirty enough for some Russians. Krokodil is primarily derived from readily available codeine, and regularly causes gangrene in its users because of harmful byproducts.

Doing drugs can have some serious repercussions on the body, but this is ridiculous. The synthetic morphine known as “krokodil” in Russia — chemical name desomorphine — was first invented in 1932 and was used in legitimate medicine for a while before being outlawed. Recently, it’s enjoyed a resurgence in Russia because it’s fairly easy to synthesize from codeine, iodine and red phosphorous, sort of like making meth. And like meth, it can really screw you up. It earned the name “krokodil” because of the effect it has on the skin of heavy users, drying it out and making users look like terrifying lizard creatures. Addicts have an average lifespan of just two to three years.

Stilton Cheese
In order to officially qualify as Stilton Cheese, the cheese must be produced in one of three counties in England. Oh yeah, and it has to cause you to have weird and vivid dreams. This isn’t some sort of urban legend like smoking banana peels, ingesting Stilton cheese shortly before bedtime has been shown to produce these strange dream effects in 75% of women, and 85% of men. It’s pretty easy to get a hold of, with several knock off varieties like Garstang Blue. It reportedly smells something like a foot.

Hey, want to try out a new drug cocktail that occasionally compels people to murder children? We hope not, but for some reason Wet, essentially PCP laced marijuana, is on the rise.

Benzo Fury
Called a “research drug” by its manufacturers, Benzo Fury is a dangerous designer drug that uses legal loopholes to keep its self in business. Though those gaps are closing as lawmakers struggle to catch up. Of course the only people that know for certain what’s in it are the producers, but users report similar effects as powerful drugs like MDA and Ecstasy. Feeling stupid and/or risky?

With the lab name 6-APB, Benzo Fury is a synthetic stimulant similar in composition to MDA that is still legal to manufacture and purchase in some countries. It’s sold over the Internet as a “research drug,” which means that the manufacturers don’t tell you how to use it. Effects include a feeling of happiness and love towards others, as well as visual effects when eyes are closed, and mental imagery. So basically ecstasy, but legal. Unfortunately, it’s also been connected to the deaths of multiple people. The danger with these drugs is that they’re created by private labs and not tested, so their long-term effects are totally unknown.

Or Diisopropyltryptamine (just rolls right off the tongue) is a hallucinogenic that’s interesting because it’s specifically auditory. Users report a significant perceived change in pitch and sound perception. It’s illegal in the U.K and much of Europe, but falls into a grey area in the United States. Though a user could still potentially get into trouble because of an annoying provision called the Federal Analog Act, which essentially bans chemical compounds that are similar to controlled substances. One of the most interesting things about hallucinogenic drugs is how they affect the brain in different ways. A cool example is diisopropyltryptamine, which acts almost exclusively on your sense of hearing. Users report that when you first drop it, sounds start to seem flanged or shifted downwards, and the more you do, the lower the pitch seems to drop. That’s pretty much the only thing it does, although some people report loss of balance and equilibrium. If you like bass, load up on this stuff, get your car stereo bumping and you’ll be set for life.

Alias Meduna’s Mixture, so named for it’s creator, Ladislas Meduna, is a simple concoction of Carbon Dioxide and Oxygen. Basically it works by tricking your body into believing that it’s suffocating, caused by the sudden increase in Carbon Dioxide…it seems counter intuitive to think that this would be anything short of terrifying, much less euphoric, but users report a range of pleasant effects like vivid colors and a general calming sensation. At one time it was used by psychologists to assess a patients reaction to psychoactive substances.

A drug doesn’t have to be complicated to be weird. Something like carbogen, which contains just two ingredients, deserves a place on this list. Also known as Meduna’s mixture after inventor Ladislas Meduna, this is just oxygen and carbon dioxide mixed in a way to give the brain the sensation of suffocation. It was once used in psychology as a way of determining whether a person could handle stronger psychotropic drugs, but some people use it recreationally. Carbogen huffers report seeing waves of color coupled with a sense of inner peace. Sounds pretty cool.

Dubbed by some as “the most powerful hallucinogenic drug on Earth” Ayahuasca is not for the frail or easily frightened. In other words, if you’re the type of person who starts feeling weird after a bit of flu medicine: stay away. Originally a herbal concoction used by Amazonian shamans to phone the spirit world, this stuff gets the job done.

This herbal concoction prepared from a South American vine is actually getting somewhat popular in recent years, with celebrities like Courtney Love praising its properties. OK, so maybe that’s not the best endorsement. The vine is brewed into a tea with leaves from shrubs containing the psychedelic compound DMT. Users say that it gives you incredible hallucinations that can make you question your entire sense of identity, claiming that it’s a life-changing trip like no other. It also makes you vomit like crazy and gives you explosive diarrhea, but we all have to make sacrifices.

A uniquely potent and psychedelic plant, salvia is no LSD. Indeed, the trip it elicits is so intense and dizzying that it was deemed an “atypical psychedelic”—one even the most experienced trippers may struggle to enjoy. By exciting the brain’s serotonin receptors and other neurological pathways, psychedelic drugs create a feeling of inner peace and acceptance that can help mitigate conditions like addiction to opioids, cancer-related anxiety, and PTSD. But of all the psychedelics discussed, salvia—technically Salvia divinorum—was deemed special in terms of both the kinds of hallucinations experienced and the mechanism by which the drug affects the brain.

In fact, salvia offers a singular trip, with “nothing else remotely like it,” according to Dr. Peter H. Addy, a research associate at Yale who has studied the substance for five years, he continues, “The main effect is tactile hallucinations,” he said. The feeling is kind of like a bug crawling on your skin. Salvia also “leads to a kind of synesthesia [the crossing of senses so that stimulation of one provides a sensation in another] I’ve never seen before in the literature, While visual-auditory synesthesia is often reported with LSD use (users claim the ability to “see” music, for instance), salvia causes visual and tactile synesthesia, meaning “you see things and feel them in your body,” as Dr. Addy put it. A subject in one of his studies told the researcher he “could see everything going on in the room, but he could see it through his skin, not through his eyes.”

Wax (Dab) (BHO)
He was describing Butane Hash Oil, or BHO, a marijuana extract that is pretty much pure THC. People have been making marijuana extracts for millennia, pounding, churning, and milling green plant matter to separate its natural resins, yielding a more concentrated product. For ages, we called this stuff hash, but a new method of extraction came about that was so much more effective that the product itself looked different, had a different texture, and got you higher.

Simply put, BHO is made by blasting marijuana with butane, a solvent that takes all the THC with it and nothing else. Evaporating away the butane leaves only the resin, a viscous, amber-colored, waxy substance. BHO is vaporized, either in a pan or using a dabbing pipe — you blowtorch the titanium bowl piece until it’s red hot, then you use a pointy tool to press the oil onto the metal and it bursts into a vapor cloud that you inhale rapidly.