50 Intriguing Facts about Recreational Drugs

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26 William Halsted

William Halsted

William Halsted was a pioneering surgeon from the 19th century who discovered anesthetic properties of cocaine and eventually got addicted to it. He signed himself up in a sanatorium where his addiction was “treated” with morphine. He remained a morphine addict for the rest of his life

27. Olympians are now allowed a modest amount of THC in blood tests. In May 2013, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) raised the in-competition threshold for marijuana tenfold, to 150 ng/ml, meaning that an athlete would have to be a “pretty dedicated cannabis consumer” to test positive.

28. The British army tested LSD on its Marines in 1964 and filmed it.

29. In the 1970’s, a plane (Howard 500) carrying 6,000lbs. of marijuana crashed in a remote area of Yosemite National Park. Local mountaineers, rock climbers, hippies, and drug dealers made excursions to the area to take as much product as they could, all while the US government tried to secure the drugs.

30. Billy Mays (American Advertisement salesperson) died of high blood pressure resulting from cocaine use, not from a head injury caused by falling luggage.

31 LSD laboratory

LSD laboratory

The majority of LSD available in the US in the 1990’s came from UCLA Researcher William L. Pickard. He was arrested whilst converting an old nuclear missile Silo into a massive LSD Laboratory.

32. In 2014, an Ottawa shooter named Michael Zehaf Bibeau attempted to rob a McDonalds with a pointed stick. He wanted to be in jail because he believed it was the only way to overcome his crack cocaine addiction.

33. Marijuana levels in the bloodstream do not match levels of cognitive impairment, making it difficult to test reliably for driving while stoned.

34. Naloxone (Narcan) has become a mainstay of hospital emergency rooms and medical wards. It can be injected or sprayed up the nose and can stop/reverse a heroin overdose in under two minutes. It’s so vital that the World Health Organization placed the drug on its list of essential medications in 1983.

35. Tim Horton (Canadian professional ice hockey player) died at the age of 44 while attempting to drive from Toronto to Buffalo at 4 am with twice the legal Blood Alcohol Level, multiple drugs in his system, no seat-belt, and the police chasing him.

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36 Cocaine


Less than 5% of the world lives in the U.S., but Americans consume about 37% of cocaine in the world.

37. Owsley Stanley (American chemist) singlehandedly ignited the psychedelic scene in the 60s by producing over 1 million doses of LSD from a makeshift bathroom laboratory in Berkeley between 1965 and 1967.

38. Carrie Fisher was addicted to cocaine and survived an overdose during the filming of The Empire Strikes Back.

39. In Denmark, there are facilities called “fix rooms” letting addicts inject a certain type of drugs under supervision.

40. When the makers of OxyContin were sued by Kentucky over the drug, a survey was run to see if a jury would be impartial. Almost 40% of residents knew someone with criminal trouble because of the drug, 33% said they knew someone who overdosed/was seriously hurt, and 29% knew someone who died.

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41 Fake wedding

Fake wedding

In 1990, a police department in Michigan staged a fake wedding with undercover cops acting as the bride and groom and invited local drug dealers to attend. At the reception, they busted them all at once.

42. Coca-Cola still uses coca leaves in its syrup, and there is only one factory in the US with the unique DEA license required to remove the cocaine.

43. In 2013, a man named Romano Dias died after drinking $54,000 worth of methamphetamine, after mistaking it for fruit juice.

44. Anti-inflammatory drug Ibuprofen can neutralize a cannabis high and potentially eliminate short-term memory loss associated with cannabis use.

45. In 1972, 8 people accidentally snorted LSD at a party thinking it was cocaine, resulting in doses roughly 1000 times higher than normal. All recovered fully within 12 hours.

15 Most Controversial & Costly Blunders in History

46 Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson

In 1969, Willie Nelson ran into a burning house to save his guitar, and a pound of Cannabis.

47. Drug overdose deaths, driven largely by prescription drug overdose deaths, are now the leading cause of injury death in the United States surpassing motor vehicle crashes.

48. According to the FBI Director, the FBI is having a hard time filling positions to help tackle cyber crimes because a lot of the nation’s top computer programmers and hacking gurus are also fond of marijuana.

49. During the Glasgow Ice cream wars, rival ice cream truck drivers sold drugs from their trucks, shot at each other and committed arson throughout the 80’s.

50. In 1978, Tim Allen (American actor) nearly spent life in prison for trafficking cocaine.

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