A chemistry grad student accidentally synthesized the chemical MPTP and gave himself Parkinsonian Syndrome while trying to make opioids – accidentally advancing Parkinson’s research at his own expense. His parkinsonism was successfully treated with levodopa but he died 18 months later from a cocaine overdose.
Meth was invented in Japan. At first it was used to curb hunger and energize Japanese citizens. Later it was given to Kamikaze pilots, soldiers and wartime factory workers. It is now controlled and distributed by the Yakuza.
In 1970 cannabis was placed in Schedule-1 category of controlled drugs “Temporarily” while the Nixon Administration awaited the Shafer Report, which ended up calling for the immediate end to cannabis prohibition.
A 2-year study that linked Ecstasy to Parkinsons was retracted from the journal Science after the authors realized they had accidentally used meth instead.
A study conducted by the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs shows that alcohol is the most harmful drug along with meth, heroine, and cocaine. Among the least harmful: mushrooms and LSD.
The Saami people of Arctic Scandinavia would feed reindeer fly agaric mushrooms, wait for them to pee then drink the reindeer pee for the sole purpose of getting high.
The writer of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, Ken Kesey faked his own death and fled to Mexico because he was caught in possession of marijuana.
Chewing of the drug Khat is so popular in Yemen that its cultivation accounts for 40% of the desert nation’s water use
An Israeli researcher theorized that Moses was on psychedelics.
Adolf Hitler was injected with a daily dose of methamphetamine by his doctors from 1942-1945.
A woman in Tulsa, OK was in a Walmart for over six hours building a meth lab.
The US consumes 99% of Vicodin in the world.
The Nazis developed experimental drug cocktail in which the Nazi doctors found that equipment-laden test subjects who had taken the drug could march 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) without resting.
Freud liked cocaine so much that he would give it to friends and family as a gift.