10 Obscure drugs that sound absolutely frightening to try
When we think about drugs, we tend to think in terms of the traditional pyramid of needs. You’ve got your tobacco, followed by marijuana, then magic mushrooms … all the way to crack cocaine and heroin.
But the reality is, this simplistic understanding of drugs exempts many substances in existence that are bizarre and alien to the rest of them — ones like these ten that are the strangest we could find.
Hate getting arrested for pesky narcotics charges? You’re in luck. Now you can get the same high through sound, or at least that’s the claim.
Apparently, it’s possible to emulate almost any drug you can think of with a little something called “binaural beats.” These are basically two-toned sound waves with slightly different frequencies that — when perceived separately with the use of headphones — is supposed to elicit a physical or mental response.
That said, it’s not music. Or if it is, it’s not enjoyable, and many people doubt it can actually get you high. However, there are thousands of videos on YouTube and testimonials online that whole-heartedly disagree.
This toad contains bufotenin, a chemical named after its host species Bufo Alvarius. The toad can be found along the Colorado River, and its bufotenin secretions are actually a type of venom to ward off or kill predators.
This is a terrifying detail, but supposing you're a brave soul whose drug supply has run dry and you decide to lick these little creatures, the active hallucinogenic chemical 5-MeO-DMT (which is closely related to DMT) is what takes control. When this drug begins interacting with your brain’s neurotransmitters and chemical messengers, prepare for things to get weird.
Reportedly, after ingesting bufotenin, the heart starts pounding, pupils dilate and the user begins to see vibrating light and fast moving images. The toad itself is not illegal to own, but bufotenin extract is considered a controlled substance.
Diisopropyltryptamine or DiPT
This off white powder is a hallucinogen. But, unlike most hallucinogens, the drug doesn’t make you see things — it makes you hear things.
Anyone taking this substance would have much the same experience as Alexander Shulgin, who helped write “TIHKAL: The Continuation” — a book detailing drugs in the tryptamine family.
Shulgin describes his experience as follows: "Wild effects noted in an hour. Remarkable changes in sounds heard. My wife's voice is basso … my ears with slight pressure as if my tubes were clogged … Radio voices are all low, music out of key. Piano sounds like a bar¬room disaster. The telephone ringing sounds partly underwater. In a couple more hours, music pretty much normal again."
Apparently, more than 50mg of the stuff and your ears trip out way harder than Shulgin’s.
Dimethylheptylpyran is a very long word that can be summed up in a few simple short ones. It’s a drug that gets you really, really stoned.
The yellow oil cannabinoid is a synthetic analogue of THC, except it’s waaay stronger. It can keep you stoned for 20 to 40 hours, is capable of inducing hallucinations, and was originally developed by the US Military to incapacitate enemy troops — and it probably delivers a severe case of the munchies.
That said, this is Colorado. We can probably handle it.
2,5Dimethoxy4methylamphetamine (or STP)
Serenity, Tranquility, and Peace — or STP — is hallucinogen that’s about 100 times more potent than mescaline.
According to the people that have taken it, the effects reek havoc on visual perception, including: blurred vision, multiple images, object vibration, enhanced details, distorted shapes, a distorted sense of time and an increased sex drive coupled with heightened pleasure.
STP’s onset is delayed longer than most drugs, and as a consequence, many eager users pop one to many, often ending up in the ER with no chill.
This drug is a drink made by boiling banisteriopsis caapi (a vine) and leaves (usually psychotria viridis or diplopterys cabrerana). First discovered in the Amazon, shamans still use this concoction as a window into the soul.
It’s said that the slow onset of the drug leads to extreme visuals — we’re talking “Heavy Metal” type hallucinations, that completely envelope the user for 10 to 12 hours.
Many users also claim that ayahuasca has the ability to help heal past psychological trauma, such as depression. One use is said to transform an individual. This has given rise to hundreds of ayahuasca healing retreats around the world.
If you’ve ever listened to old-school rap, you’ve probably heard of “sherm” — or how people like to “get wet.” The reference is often confusing for most.
Sherm, wet, illy, or dank — as it’s sometimes called — involves rolling up weed or tobacco, dipping it in PCP (and/or embalming fluid) and smoking it.
The drug has fascinating effects; those among them include numbness, dissociative states, hallucinations, euphoria, psychosis, anger and rage. In other words, this is not a drug for lounging on the couch during an overcast day while playing video games, unless you happen to be playing DOOM.
It’s more of a drug for seeing what a lifetime of having severe schizophrenia is like.
JenKem, or as some call it “butt-hash,” is rightfully disgusting.
It involves pissing and shitting into a bottle, attaching a latex balloon at its cap, and allowing it to ferment in the hot sun for around a week. The balloon slowly inflates with noxious gases, which you then inhale to get high.
Many users describe feeling much like cocaine, though it has been known to cause hallucinations. This was a cost effective solution for getting high for the youths of Zimbabwe in the 1990s, and will probably work for you too if huffing gases that taste like fecal matter sounds appetizing.
Krokodil mimics heroin, but at a fraction of the price. Though it’s truly brutal to anyone who uses it.
Depending on how the dealer cooks it — the drug can be made out of codeine, gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, and red phosphorus, which you then shoot directly into your veins.
Not surprisingly, the first recorded account of Krokodil was documented in Siberia, and not only is it addictive, it has the nasty side effect of eating your tissue alive as it pockets your skin with a strange reptilian coat. Wonderful.
Some in Columbia call this drug “Devils Breath,” and with good reason.
When this flower — found on the borrachero tree (or loosely translated: the get¬you¬drunk tree) — is reduced to a powder, it can have sci-fi like effects, the most interesting being extreme suggestibility bordering on mind control.
Victims state that the tasteless, odorless powder is often blown right into a person’s face or dropped into drinks. In some cases, people under Devils Breath’s influence have helped robbers loot their own homes, empty their own bank accounts, or even willingly offered up organs.
The best part for criminals? The drug can cause memory loss at about the same severity as diazepam.
In antiquity, scopolamine was used to convince the brides of fallen Columbian rulers to enter their tombs and be buried alive. Also, during the Cold War, the drug was even used as a “truth serum” by the CIA.
However, this plant is lethal in high doses, so act accordingly.