In the UK black people on average use less drugs than white people, but are 6 times more likely to be stopped and searched for drugs.
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A 2-year study that linked Ecstasy to Parkinsons was retracted from the journal Science after the authors realized they had accidentally used meth instead.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