50 Intriguing Facts about Recreational Drugs

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1Johnny Winters

Johnny Winters

Johnny Winters' manager had been slowly lowering his methadone dosage for 3 years without Johnny’s knowledge and, as a result, Johnny was completely clean of his 40-year heroin addiction for over 8 months before being told he was finally drug-free.

2. Louis Armstrong once asked Richard Nixon to carry his bags through customs for him because he ‘was an old man’. The bags had marijuana in them.

3. In 1998, Ross Rebagliati became the first man to win Gold in Snowboarding in the Olympics only to be disqualified for marijuana. He now owns a medical marijuana business called Ross' Gold.

4. When someone stops smoking weed, they’ll experience a huge increase in their dreams and their vividness due to their brain trying to catch up on all the missed REM sleep for the next 2-7 weeks.

5. In 2014, a man named Walter Earl Morrison from Arizona stole a diamond worth $160,000 and traded it for $20 of weed.

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6Andre Royo

Andre Royo

Actor Andre Royo's portrayal of the heroin-addicted character "Bubbles" from The Wire was so good, that an actual Baltimore citizen gave Royo a vial of heroin on the streets in between shoots, saying, "you need a fix more than I do." Royo calls it his "Street Oscar."

7. Magic mushrooms may give users trippy experiences by creating a hyperconnected brain. The active ingredient in the psychedelic drug, psilocybin, seems to completely disrupt the normal communication networks in the brain, by connecting "brain regions that don't normally talk together."

8. The most prolific mathematician named Paul Erdos of the 20th century used amphetamines to fuel 20-hour number benders. When a friend bet him $500 that he couldn't quit for a month, he won, but complained: "You've set mathematics back a month".

9. Aldous Huxley, the famous writer of 'Brave New World' asked for LSD on his deathbed, to which his wife complied. He died hallucinating.

10. The Stoned Ape Theory, which is a controversial theory from Terence McKenna (American ethnobotanist) states that a lot of our advanced human evolution came as a result of the ingestion of psilocybin mushrooms, also known as magic mushrooms by our primate ancestors.

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11Scythian tribal chiefs

Scythian tribal chiefs

Excavations of a kurgan (burial chamber) in Russia in 2013 revealed that Scythian tribal chiefs used bongs made out of gold 2400 years ago to smoke cannabis and opium.

12. Taking magic mushrooms, just once, can permanently change a person's personality, even as an adult.

13. "Under Pressure" was written by David Bowie and Queen during a 24-hour wine and cocaine marathon.

14. There is a fish named Sarpa Salpa that when eaten causes severe hallucinations lasting up to 36 hours. It was a party drug during the Roman Empire.

15. Two Undercover Agents repeatedly tried to buy marijuana at the Lagunitas Brewing company taproom but were unable to make any busts as the generous patron's kept trying to give them the drugs for free.

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16Sarah Furay

Sarah Furay

In 2015, a woman named Sarah Furay was arrested for possession and delivery of 31.5 grams of cocaine, 126 grams of high-grade marijuana, 29 tablets of Ecstasy, an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine and 60 hits of LSD. She is also the 19-year-old daughter of a United States DEA Special Agent.

17. The Hindu God Shiva has long been linked to cannabis. Shiva came and drank the poison created by the cosmic ocean, but over time it made him so hot he needed to be cooled down. Marijuana is supposed to be a coolant, so it is said that Shiva smokes weed to keep his body temperature down.

18. In 2015, the Dutch police caught cannabis growers because their house was the only one in the street without snow on the roof.

19. When American actor Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) was arrested in 1983 for possession of marijuana, his punishment was to write, produce and finance his own anti-drug PSA.

20. Bill Murray was pre-med in college but dropped out after being arrested for marijuana possession. After that he joined the National Lampoon Radio Hour with Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, and Gilda Radner.

21Albert Hofmann

Albert Hofmann

Bicycle Day (19th April) celebrates Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann's discovery of LSD in 1943, and the harrowing ride home on his bicycle after deliberately ingesting a dose of the drug.

22. Cocaine raises dopamine levels by 250%, compared to 100% from sex and 50% from food.

23. A drug testing expert named Sonja Farak was high on cocaine almost every day she went to work, calling into question some 30,000 criminal drug cases she processed over the course of 8 years.

24. Heroin is a brand name and the drug was originally marketed by Bayer as a non-addictive cough medicine.

25. The world's oldest stash of marijuana was found in a 2,700 grave in western China. It belonged to a blue-eyed Caucasian man who was a local shaman.

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