Behind the High: 40 Interesting Facts About Recreational Drugs

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1Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley

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

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

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

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6Sarpa Salpa

Sarpa Salpa

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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

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

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11Paul Reubens

Paul Reubens

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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

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

15. 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.

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

17. 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.

18. 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

19. 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.

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

21Howard 500 crash

Howard 500 crash

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.

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

23. 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.

24. 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.

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

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