Look, I’m not gonna lecture DNN’s readers about drugs. We’re all adults here, right? (If anyone isn’t an adult, please exit here) Some of you are probably stoned right now; I won’t make an issue of it. For many people, drugs serve as a form of recreation and refreshment, or a means to a new perspective in life, or as a way to take the edge off the outside world. The typical drug user generally has a fairly libertarian view of drug use; what others decide to ingest is their own business, and nobody else’s concerns. I feel the same way; if you really want to get coked up, be my guest. If you like being strung out on smack, I’m not gonna rouse you. If you really think Ecstasy makes you become the person you wish you were, I will not lay a bum trip on you. However, it would be remiss of DNN to not point out the dangers of some substances that may tempt you; after sifting through dozens of user reports at Erowid, we are pretty sure nothing good has ever come from these highs. We pass these on because your friends at DNN hate to lose a reader.
Belladonna: It is nicknamed Deadly Nightshade for a reason; the wisdom of the ages says this is one plant you don’t want to mess with. Belladonna is in the tomato-plant family, which includes many poisonous plants, and produces sweet-tasting, deep violet-black berries. In history, it was used medicinally, but also was used as a poison. Make a tea from the leaves (don’t even think about eating the berries or leaves, it will kill you), and be prepared to hallucinate for three days. These hallucinations are not the fun kind, but horrific ones that frequently involve feelings of extreme paranoia, and physical sensations of being on fire, having insects under your skin, and other unpleasant effects. Convulsions, severe dry mouth, delirium, lack of motor coordination are all part of the trip. The good news is after experiencing the most insanely terror filled three days of your life, you probably won’t remember any of it. The bad news is that you’ll probably wake up in a jail cell for acting stark, raving insane in public, and everyone else will remember it. One of the most poisonous plants in the Eastern hemisphere, only a true idiot would willfully ingest it. The lethal dose is two to five berries or one single leaf, if eaten. Availability: grows wild all over Asia.
Jimson Weed: A cousin of belladonna, Jimson Weed is common to the Western Hemisphere, especially Mexico and the Southern U.S., however it has largely spread throughout the continent. Many who have tried Jimson Weed as a cheap high regret it now. While it has been used in religious ceremonies of Native Americans to induce visions, it is usually a guaranteed trip to an emergency room, a straitjacket in jail, or an extended-stay institution. Recreational users usually boil the leaves and/or seeds into a tea, which will send them on a rip-roaring trip in which they will hallucinate, undergo dementia, rant and rave, and become frightened of everything. Your pupils will dilate to extreme degrees, making you hypersensitive to light for days. Hyperthermia,a dangerous increase in body temperature, often results. 10-100 seeds can kill a human; fatal overdoses from recreational users makes up the highest proportion of Jimson Weed deaths. Availability: you probably have some growing in your back yard.
STP: STP is a synthetic hallucinogen that was first synthesized in 1963. It became notorious in 1967 when famed LSD chemist Owsley Stanley, responsible for manufacturing most of the LSD consumed in the 1960’s, attempted to duplicate it. The appeal of STP was that it would have similar hallucinogenic properties to LSD, but would also have a speed-like effect of keeping you more awake and alert. Thus, if you wanted to see psychedelic visions at a concert, this theoretically should have been better than the more-distracting LSD. Unfortunately, either Owsley screwed up somewhere or this is just plain bad stuff. The initial onset of the drug is very delayed in comparison to LSD, often taking hours and catching users off-guard or encouraging them to boost their doses. The ensuing hallucinations are heavy and oppressive, and the duration of the trip is very long, often over 24 hours. The black market debut of the drug, in the heart of the Haight-Ashbury hippie scene was a disaster, swamping emergency rooms and clinics. Some point to the introduction of STP into that scene as the beginning of its collapse. Availability: mostly extinct, although is sometimes turns up as DOM, after its chemical composition.
Krokodil: Krokodil became notorious after videos and photographs of users began surfacing from Russia in 2010. Popular as an alternative to shooting up heroin among the impoverished, Krokodil (Russian for “crocodile”, because of its effects on the user’s skin) can be cooked up from a variety of easily-obtainable but highly poisonous materials including iodine and codeine derived from OTC medications and red phospherus, taken from match heads. The manner of cooking it introduces many contaminents that are poisonous in themselves. Users inject the mixture for a heroin-like high that is extremely addictive. That is not the bad part; the bad part is that the toxins in the mixture have given the drug the nickname “flesh eating drug”; users frequently develop gangrene, which leads to their flesh rotting right down to the bone. Pneumonia, sepsis, blood and bone infections, and meningitis are among the common side-effects. Krokodil makes crystal meth seem like a beauty suppliment in comparison. Availability: rare-to-none in America, where drugs are cheap and the poor are affluent enough to buy them. Common among the down-and-out in parts of Russia and Eastern Europe.
Crystal Meth: No sense leaving this off the list. If you are going to start using crystal meth, you had might as well cut your own arms off instead; it will ruin your life less. Methamphetamine is relatively easy to cook up from common household items (although it can also explode or emit toxic gas while cooking), and is a remarkably cheap drug on the street if one goes by a cost-per-effect basis. Users smoke the crystals for a feeling of intense euphoria often accompanied by sexual arousal. These sensations are fleeting, which means the user must keep smoking to replenish the high. However it also acts as an intense stimulant, often making sleep impossible for days. The sleep deprivation, combined with the effects of the drug, can make a user paranoid, violent, and give them feelings of invincibility. Extremely addictive, it also causes accelerated heartbeat, dizziness, dry mouth, teeth gnashing, tremors, blurred vision, and high body temperature among other effects. Long term users frequently lose their teeth, due to teeth gnashing and a general disinterest in hygiene which also occurs in many users. Availability: all over working-class towns in America
Nutmeg: The last resort of the desperate pothead out of weed, Nutmeg has long been a temptation for many, since it is right there in the spice rack. Nutmeg really does have psychoactive properties when ingested in large amounts, and it will get you high. However, the high is an unpleasant one, accompanied by rapid heartbeat, sweating, nausea, confusion, migraines, and a general feeling of having been poisoned. It has a slow onset, so by the time you feel it, you probably had given up. Depending on how much you ingested, you may convulse and have heart palpitations. Deaths are rare, but they have occurred. Saudi Arabia has banned the sale of nutmeg because of its risks from overingestion. Nutmeg can be fatal to dogs, so never offer a dog a drink of eggnog. Even ingesting the stuff is no fun. It tastes awful if you eat it by the spoonful or dilute it in water, and you will need to fight your body’s desire to vomit it back up. I know you’re outta weed and bored, but leave the nutmeg in the spice rack. Read a book instead. Availability: in mom’s kitchen
Angel Dust: PCP gained its foothold as a recreational drug in 1967, and enjoyed a brief vogue in the early 70’s before everyone realized it was a freaky bad trip. It still surfaces on occasion, as a new generation dabbles in it, unaware of its effects on their grandfathers. Usually in powder form, it is then diluted in ether to make a liquid which is sprayed onto marijuana, tobacco, or mint leaves and smoked. A low dose will make you act like a loaded, stinking drunk. You will stagger, slur your words, have difficulty focusing on anything, and lose your balance when you move. On high doses things get insane. There are pages and pages of reports of individuals committing murder, acts of cannibalism, and acts of extreme self-mutilation while on the drug, which causes extreme psychosis at high doses. These episodes resemble schizophrenic states, and may last for months. Availability: hard to find, but not impossible if you know who to ask.
Gasoline: Another cheap, easy-to-find high. Huffing, or inhaling a concentration of fumes, is the standard way to get high. Many huffers will simply inhale directly from the spout of a gasoline can. A few deep huffs will set you off. Blurred vision, a desire not to move even if you pee yourself, and incoherent almost-cartoonish ideas and voices in your head are the attraction here. Users report enjoying the cartoony delirium for about ten to fifteen minutes before blacking out entirely for an hour or so. While under the alluring spell of the scrambled cartoon voices in your head, you will most likely flail about, spilling gasoline all over the place. If this happens, pray that you aren’t so out of it that you light a cigarette (it has happened). Huffing any inhalants is a rapid trip to brain damage, and can result in instantaneous and unexpected death. Gasoline is perhaps the most stupid way to go. You also will stink heavily of gasoline if you try it, which can be hard to explain to others. Availability: Almost every major intersection in the country.
Bromo-DragonFLY: This is just one of many designer drugs made by chemists in Europe and Asia that skirt drug laws because there are no laws against them when they are first invented. You can order these drugs over the internet as “research chemicals”, and can buy very lethal doses at reasonable prices. The most respectable dealers even offer expedited shipping. Many of the chemists producing these drugs are reasonably honest people; they will send you what you ordered, it will be weighed precisely, and it was created to be a safe high. However, mistakes happen. Bromo-DragonFLY itself is a mescaline/LSD type drug of relative safety if used in small amounts. However, in 2009, orders were shipped mistakenly containing mislabeled 2-CB-FLY, a related compound that is twenty times more potent. As a result, those who received the order assumed they had gotten what they paid for, and took what they believed was a safe dose. Several users died, including the chemist himself. Just remember that when you order “research chemicals”, you really have no idea what you are getting. Availability: they accept credit cards