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Title: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Ballard on 08 Jan 2008, 00:37
A friend linked me to an excellent 9-part documentary on what I believe to be the scariest fucking drug I've ever heard of. It's called burundanga in Colombia; it's also known as datura, scopolamine, or Devil's Breath. It looks exactly like cocaine, but an ounce of it is enough to kill 15-20 people. Administered correctly, it turns the victim into a virtual zombie. Countless stories are told of people who robbed their own houses, emptied their bank accounts, or allowed themselves to be raped while under the influence of the drug and had no memory of the events the next day. The burundanga plant thrives in forests all over Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador and even on sidewalks in city centers.

In other words, this is quite possibly the most frightening drug known to man.

http://www.vbs.tv/player.php?bctid=1119242704&bccl=MTExOTE3NDYwNF9fTkVXUw==
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: thehollow on 08 Jan 2008, 00:58
I actually found out about this stuff awhile ago, from a lyric in a Murder by Death song about zombies that mentions datura. It knew it was pretty fucked up shit, but the stuff they talk about in this video is insane. I only watched a bit of it, I'll probably watch the rest tomorrow.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 08 Jan 2008, 01:03
"Columbia is essentially fucked"

nice
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: ImRonBurgundy? on 08 Jan 2008, 01:21
Quote from: wikipedia
In the United States it is called Jimson weed, Gypsum weed, Angel Trumpet, Hells Bells or more rarely Jamestown Weed; it got this name from the town of Jamestown, Virginia, where British soldiers were secretly or accidentally drugged with it, while attempting to suppress Bacon's Rebellion. They spent several days chasing feathers, making monkey faces, generally acting like lunatics, and indeed failed at their mission:

Quote from: Robert Beverly
Some of the soldiers sent thither to quell the rebellion of Bacon (1676); and some of them ate plentifully of it, the effect of which was a very pleasant comedy, for they turned natural fools upon it for several days: one would blow up a feather in the air; another would dart straws at it with much fury; and another, stark naked, was sitting up in a corner like a monkey, grinning and making mows [grimaces] at them; a fourth would fondly kiss and paw his companions, and sneer in their faces with a countenance more antic than any in a Dutch droll.

In this frantic condition they were confined, lest they should, in their folly, destroy themselves- though it was observed that all their actions were full of innocence and good nature. Indeed, they were not very cleanly; for they would have wallowed in their own excrements, if they had not been prevented. A thousand such simple tricks they played, and after 11 days returned themselves again, not remembering anything that had passed. Robert Beverly, The History and Present State of Virginia, 1705
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: dennis on 08 Jan 2008, 02:50
The documentary sounds like a lot of scaremongering mixed in with good information.

The datura and its active components are pretty well-documented in the medical literature and atropine and scopolamine are widely-used. I think the documentary is basically blowing up a couple of sensationalist stories.

I mean, scopolamine is what they put in motion-sickness patches.

(I'm watching it now and will amend my comments if necessary)

Ok, finished watching. I have been trying to find corroboration for the scopolamine-assisted crime stories in the VBS piece, but all I can find are articles that mention the VBS piece itself, or this article (http://www.biopsychiatry.com/scopolamine/borrachero.html) which seems to be the source material for nearly all of the content in the VBS piece. There is this article from the Overseas Security Advisory Council (https://www.osac.gov/Reports/report.cfm?contentID=63537) which mentions scopolamine being used to rob tourists, but it says that the drug "can render a victim unconscious for 24 hours or more" and not that it turns them into zombie puppets.

Also, I didn't find the interviews very convincing. The first scopolomine victim they interviewed remembered in detail his experience, even though they point out that scopolamine causes amnesia and none of the other victims interviewed remembered anything. The guy they found to get them scopolamine appeared to be high on something. Maybe it's just because I don't speak New World Spanish, but I also got the impression that the interviewees were embellishing their stories or just straight up acting. Everyone was well-spoken and fairly polished, as if they'd been practicing like Mr. Blue in Reservoir Dogs. Also, the video was mostly so badly lit that I couldn't see anything anyway.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: SeanBateman on 08 Jan 2008, 02:53
I know people who've done Datura, it ain't no shit.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: dennis on 08 Jan 2008, 03:58
I know people who've done Datura, it ain't no shit.
I am not saying that Datura is fucking around. I am saying that Vice Magazine is fucking around.

Not that it would be a revelation that Vice is journalistically irresponsible.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: tommydski on 08 Jan 2008, 04:15
This doesn't sound as scary as Cake (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0GxUxKZdHk).
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Oli on 08 Jan 2008, 06:28
CAKE IS A MADE UP DRUG!
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: ledhendrix on 08 Jan 2008, 06:31
" It effects the part of the brain known as the 'Shatners Bassoon' "
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Oli on 08 Jan 2008, 07:07
One young kiddie on Cake cried all the water out of his body. Just imagine how his mother felt. It's a fucking disgrace.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Ballard on 08 Jan 2008, 07:14
The datura and its active components are pretty well-documented in the medical literature and atropine and scopolamine are widely-used. I think the documentary is basically blowing up a couple of sensationalist stories.

I mean, scopolamine is what they put in motion-sickness patches.

Yes, there are medical uses for scopolamine that have been heavily documented. It's not a crazy mystery drug. The scary thing here is that it is freely available in a country that is responsible for the production of over three fourths of the world's coke. It grows on the streets.

Furthermore, I'm sure what they put in the motion-sickness patches (as well as sleep-aids and asthma medicine until the FDA forced medicines known to be ineffective off the market) is a drastically weakened form of the drug. Even then, the dose of it in a patch is something like .33 milligrams. An ounce of the drug in the form showed in the documentary is about 29,000 milligrams.

Quote from: wikipedia
In the United States it is called Jimson weed, Gypsum weed, Angel Trumpet, Hells Bells or more rarely Jamestown Weed; it got this name from the town of Jamestown, Virginia, where British soldiers were secretly or accidentally drugged with it, while attempting to suppress Bacon's Rebellion. They spent several days chasing feathers, making monkey faces, generally acting like lunatics, and indeed failed at their mission

It sounds to me like the soldiers ate of the fruit, or were given it. The effects of that are a days to weeks long trip. To the best of my knowledge, scopolamine only causes minor hallucination.

Fuck you Tommy. :-D
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: onewheelwizzard on 08 Jan 2008, 07:25
I knew that ingesting datura (jimsonweed) had extensive and unpleasant results ... blurry vision, hallucinations (of very unpleasant things), delirium, terrible dehydration, tripping for a week etc. ... but I didn't know you could extract a fucking mind control drug from it.  That is some fucked up shit.

Basically all the stories I've heard about datura are along the lines of "I was completely delirious, tripping balls but in a really really really bad way, for half a day, I got dehydrated as all hell, and my eyes didn't clear up for a week" ... and those tend to come from people who took the stuff out of curiosity (and did corresponding research into what a reasonable dosage would be).  I've heard about some pretty crazy hallucinations, too ... one report I read was from a guy who took the stuff while camping with buddies and at one point jumped up, grabbed the camp machete, and ran into the woods and fought orcs for 3 hours.  He said he was being chased by something the whole time.  Creepy shit.  Up until now, though, I've never heard of people extracting any specific chemical from the plant.  It's pretty goddamn terrifying to realize that there's actually a chemical in the world that allows you to make a person do what you want, willingly, no matter what.  I hope I never see it in my life.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: redglasscurls on 08 Jan 2008, 07:45
I know people who've attempted to trip on Jimson weed as well, most of them just ended up vomiting loads, feeling completely horrid, and getting their stomachs pumped. Never seemed really worth it, y'know?
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: onewheelwizzard on 08 Jan 2008, 08:04
I checked Erowid and the first report I read summed it up really well.  It's a hell of a read and it'll definitely convince you never to do something as stupid as trip on datura.

http://erowid.org/experiences/exp.php?ID=17700
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: supersheep on 08 Jan 2008, 08:32
Man, if it's a drug that even Erowid tells you not to do, I'm out.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: SeanBateman on 08 Jan 2008, 12:12

Yes, there are medical uses for scopolamine that have been heavily documented. It's not a crazy mystery drug. The scary thing here is that it is freely available in a country that is responsible for the production of over three fourths of the world's coke. It grows on the streets.

It also grows on the streets in LA.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Cartilage Head on 08 Jan 2008, 13:34
Well some people huff embalming fluid. And I don't mean PCP, I mean fo' real.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Boro_Bandito on 08 Jan 2008, 13:45
don't mix worcestershire sauce with it though, really bad idea.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: morca007 on 08 Jan 2008, 13:54
Man, if it's a drug that even Erowid tells you not to do, I'm out.
Quoted for truth.
People on Erowid even have occasional positive comments about meth.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Slick on 08 Jan 2008, 13:58
Scopolamine used to be used as a truth serum in spy movies!
Also, pregnant mothers would sometimes opt to take it during labour; it would not numb the pain but they would not remember it. That sounds kind of creepy to me.
Both of these uses could fuck people up afterwards so they don't use it like that anymore (I hope).
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Ballard on 08 Jan 2008, 14:39
Problem with using it as a truth serum is, there's a fair bit of hallucination mixed in with any truths you tell as a result of ingesting it.

Yeah, the way the pregnancy thing was explained was weird. It doesn't stop the pain of childbirth- it just removes all memory of it.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Inlander on 08 Jan 2008, 15:29
Maybe used by women wanting to have another child some time down the line, and not wanting to be put off by memories of the horrible pain?
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Hat on 08 Jan 2008, 19:29
So am I the only person here who's actually done this stuff? It's pretty fun. Ruined my short term vision for a few days though, couldn't focus on anything close to my face.

It was pretty nuts for a while. I was in the house alone for a while and people kept turning up wanting to party with me. Old friends I hadn't seen in years, total strangers, they were all welcome at my house. None of them were there of course. It was quite interesting to think about later, that this wasn't simply a hallucination, this was my mind creating a mundane scenario and convincing me it was completely real. When you hallucinate on other drugs theres  a certain element of detachment from the hallucination, knowing that its the chemical result of the drug, but this was just completely 100% real to my mind.

Later on I found out I'd actually taken a phone call from a friend of my parents, and spent five minutes literally talking gibberish to them until they hung up, thinking I was just being an idiot.

Also, massive cotton mouth. I actually spat out a burrito I was trying to eat. A BURRITO.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Jooooosh on 08 Jan 2008, 19:39
Use of Datura brings on anticholinergic poisoning, the same thing youd get from an overdose of anti-histamines like diphenhydramine. Symptoms include:
    * Tachycardia
    * Hypothermia
    * Convulsions
    * Midriasis
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Boro_Bandito on 08 Jan 2008, 19:55
The use of this drug on someone else is sounding more and more to me like the cruelest practical joke in the world the more I read about it.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Ballard on 08 Jan 2008, 21:03
Oh my god Phil.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: dennis on 08 Jan 2008, 21:43
The datura and its active components are pretty well-documented in the medical literature and atropine and scopolamine are widely-used. I think the documentary is basically blowing up a couple of sensationalist stories.

I mean, scopolamine is what they put in motion-sickness patches.

Yes, there are medical uses for scopolamine that have been heavily documented. It's not a crazy mystery drug. The scary thing here is that it is freely available in a country that is responsible for the production of over three fourths of the world's coke. It grows on the streets.
Why is that scary?

What is supposed to be scary in that VBS piece is that it's supposed to make people into easily manipulated zombies, with the further danger of easy overdose.

However, I am skeptical of the claims made in the VBS piece because: 1) There is no corroboration of the zombie thing that I can find via Google; 2) Everything I do find on scopolamine states that high doses make people unconscious and amnesic, not zombies; 3) if it were as effective as it's made out to be in the video, its use would be widespread--but for some reason, reports are limited to Colombia; 4) Reports of recreational datura use on sites like Erowid don't mention anything like the claims made in the video; 5) it's Vice. They're sensational.

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Furthermore, I'm sure what they put in the motion-sickness patches (as well as sleep-aids and asthma medicine until the FDA forced medicines known to be ineffective off the market) is a drastically weakened form of the drug. Even then, the dose of it in a patch is something like .33 milligrams. An ounce of the drug in the form showed in the documentary is about 29,000 milligrams.
It's not "drastically weakened". It's the same chemical, the dose is just smaller. My point was that the effects of scopolamine are well-documented, and those documents really do not reflect the claims made in the video.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Dimmukane on 08 Jan 2008, 21:56
It's also supposedly the one drug Jim Morrison couldn't handle. 

There are ridiculous amounts of stories on erowid, none of them good.  One guy almost put his niece in the freezer because he thought she was ice cream (an infant), all of them were talking to (supposedly) dead people, smoking cigarettes even though they didn't have a pack and had been non-smokers their entire lives.  I'm talking about Datura, not Scopolamine.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Ballard on 08 Jan 2008, 21:59
I don't know 'bout you but I make baby ice cream all the time.

OMNOMNOMNOM
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 08 Jan 2008, 22:07
i'm glad this thread exists. i was planning on making a thread about stupid drugs, now i don't have to.

i'd like to bring two ridiculous things to your attention. the other day my "friend" asked me this very question: "man...have you ever tried a joint...dipped in jet fuel?" he had a ridiculous name for it but i forgot it. i guess it gets you incredibly high...but that sounds like a bad idea.  (where do you even get jet fuel? espescially if you're a drugged out weirdo.)

also, have you guys heard about "sherm" ? (not sure how to spell it) i guess it's a problem amongst florida teens right now. basically, you piss and shit in a milk jug, put a balloon over the top, put it in a closet or something for a few days until the balloon fills with gas, then inhale said gas.

anyway, those are two of the stupidest things i've heard lately.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Ballard on 08 Jan 2008, 22:29
Dude how the fuck would that even get you high? That is disgusting and possibly the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

Also how bad an idea is it to dip in JET FUEL an object you are going to hold in your hand and light on fire?
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 08 Jan 2008, 22:32
that's what i'm saying. i tried to look those things up on the interent to see if other people actually do that shit or if it's just my dumb-shit, heroin addict friend, but i couldn't find anything on either of them.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Ballard on 08 Jan 2008, 22:35
Quote from: Wikipedia
The term "embalming fluid" is often used to refer to the liquid PCP in which a cigarette or joint is dipped (a "sherm" or "dippy"), to be ingested through smoking. Smoking PCP is known as "getting wet." There is much confusion over the practice of dipping cigarettes in "embalming fluid" leading some to think that real embalming fluid may actually be used. This is a misconception that may cause serious health consequences beyond those of consuming PCP.

I'm assuming he just used another slang term for the same practice.

'Cause dude if he had actually dipped a joint in kerosene and lit it on fire, your dumb-shit heroin addict friend would either be dead or severely mutilated right now.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: thehollow on 08 Jan 2008, 22:37
but the video of it would be the most-watched thing on youtube.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Dimmukane on 09 Jan 2008, 07:25
the shit and piss jug thing is supposed to be akin to huffing gasoline, except it leaves the worst taste in your mouth for several days.  And I think the name starts with a j...can't remember what, though.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: öde on 09 Jan 2008, 08:06
Jenkem!
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Johnny C on 09 Jan 2008, 08:24
(where do you even get jet fuel? espescially if you're a drugged out weirdo.)

You fill a paint can with regular petrol and use a permanent marker to write "JET FUEL" in capital letters on the side.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: tommydski on 09 Jan 2008, 08:55
Back in university we had all these gigantic empty bottles of Vodka we would adopt from our jobs at this bar. Naturally we'd keep them lying about the house full of water. There was usually one in every room on the downstairs floor.

Whenever anyone got angry, made a contentious or sweeping statement, made a joke that went down badly or if we just had strangers in the house that weren't used to our customs it was typical to produce one of the bottles from nowhere, hold it above your head and let the water stream everywhere. Obviously, it was just water but the effect was somehow always hilarious and/or shocking.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Johnny C on 09 Jan 2008, 09:02
TOMMY: He Understands Principles.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: onewheelwizzard on 09 Jan 2008, 10:14
I think the difference between scopolamine effects as presented in the VICE video and the effects of datura itself can be ascribed to the fact that datura has many more chemicals in it than just scopolamine.  If you extract the scopolamine and use it exclusively in the fashion shown in the video, you get the effects shown in the video ... if you just take datura, there's so much going on in your system that you're just tripping really badly instead.  I have to admit that the testimonials in the video were pretty convincing (the police chief and professor interviews in specific), although it was VICE after all and I really should not allow myself to trust them without further research.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: tommydski on 09 Jan 2008, 10:39
VOTE TOMMY '08
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: öde on 09 Jan 2008, 11:01
it was typical to produce one of the bottles from nowhere, hold it above your head and let the water stream everywhere.

What? I think I need to try it to understand it.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: tommydski on 09 Jan 2008, 11:04
As in, pretend to be guzzling vodka, like half a litre at a time. Since the neck was too wide for your mouth, you'd end up getting soaked but the point was it looked funny because it was a gigantic Vodka bottle.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: öde on 09 Jan 2008, 11:13
Oh, I thought you meant stream over your head or something cos you didn't say guzzling.

That is hilarious!
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: onewheelwizzard on 09 Jan 2008, 11:26
Erowid just taught me that one of the methods of extracting datura alkaloids results in an oil that you spread on your genitals in order to take a dose.  It immediately occurred to me that if you are an enterprising and malicious man in the middle ages, you can very easily convince a woman that you are of demonic origin by doing precisely this immediately prior to having sex with her (or vice versa).  The power that could be gained from dosing someone with datura BY HAVING SEX WITH THEM would, at the very least, make for a very good piece of fiction (the movie Brotherhood of the Wolf comes to mind as a reference point).
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: stella on 09 Jan 2008, 12:02
Are you sure you aren't an evil genius?
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: jhocking on 09 Jan 2008, 12:23
As in, pretend to be guzzling vodka, like half a litre at a time. Since the neck was too wide for your mouth, you'd end up getting soaked but the point was it looked funny because it was a gigantic Vodka bottle.
aw I thought you meant splashing it around the room so it looks like you're gonna set the house on fire.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Tom on 09 Jan 2008, 12:26
Erowid just taught me that one of the methods of extracting datura alkaloids results in an oil that you spread on your genitals in order to take a dose.  It immediately occurred to me that if you are an enterprising and malicious man in the middle ages, you can very easily convince a woman that you are of demonic origin by doing precisely this immediately prior to having sex with her (or vice versa).  The power that could be gained from dosing someone with datura BY HAVING SEX WITH THEM would, at the very least, make for a very good piece of fiction (the movie Brotherhood of the Wolf comes to mind as a reference point).

You sir, are absolutely brilliant.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: supersheep on 09 Jan 2008, 14:17
i'd like to bring two ridiculous things to your attention. the other day my "friend" asked me this very question: "man...have you ever tried a joint...dipped in jet fuel?" he had a ridiculous name for it but i forgot it. i guess it gets you incredibly high...but that sounds like a bad idea.  (where do you even get jet fuel? espescially if you're a drugged out weirdo.)

also, have you guys heard about "sherm" ? (not sure how to spell it) i guess it's a problem amongst florida teens right now. basically, you piss and shit in a milk jug, put a balloon over the top, put it in a closet or something for a few days until the balloon fills with gas, then inhale said gas.

Maybe the jet fuel thing is PCP, or possibly even formaldehyde? I mean, kerosene is kinda flammable after all... Also, wiki says sherm is another name for PCP. Just going on what I read.

Also, to be honest, I am not TOTALLY opposed to the idea of doing this stuff, just I would want a lot more experience with hallucinogens than I currently have.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Boro_Bandito on 09 Jan 2008, 20:16
Demon Sex

See? See what I mean? Insanely bad practical jokes people! I'm not crazy, I swear.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: jeph on 09 Jan 2008, 21:05
This thread should be about Baby Dango (http://www.hingos.com/patches/index.php?pt=071129).

   He haunts my thoughts!
      /
   :-D
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: onewheelwizzard on 09 Jan 2008, 21:42
Also, to be honest, I am not TOTALLY opposed to the idea of doing this stuff, just I would want a lot more experience with hallucinogens than I currently have.

I don't know, dude.  I mean, I have the same mindset in general, that is, about a lot of other things ... but really the only possible benefit from taking this stuff appears to be learning the lesson that taking that sort of attitude isn't always a good idea.  Finding out that something is a bad idea isn't a good enough reason for doing something if it looks like the only reason for doing it.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: supersheep on 09 Jan 2008, 23:32
Well, it's a fair bit off in the future if I do try it, there are so many less crazy things I'd like to try first, so maybe, maybe not. And not all the stories are bad. I'd definitely do far more research if I was thinking seriously about doing it, which really should be Rule Number One when it comes to mind-altering substances.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: dennis on 10 Jan 2008, 01:23
Erowid just taught me that one of the methods of extracting datura alkaloids results in an oil that you spread on your genitals in order to take a dose.  It immediately occurred to me that if you are an enterprising and malicious man in the middle ages, you can very easily convince a woman that you are of demonic origin by doing precisely this immediately prior to having sex with her (or vice versa).  The power that could be gained from dosing someone with datura BY HAVING SEX WITH THEM would, at the very least, make for a very good piece of fiction (the movie Brotherhood of the Wolf comes to mind as a reference point).
I learned in my ancient medical history class that this was how witches got their reputation. They would dose themselves on datura and mandrake by smearing it on a stick and inserting it into the vagina. Due to the hallucinogenic effects, it is not inconceivable that the stick would become a broom that they flew on.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: onewheelwizzard on 10 Jan 2008, 01:26
That makes perfect sense to me and in fact one of the thoughts that has been lurking in my head since I heard about that extraction was that it had almost certainly been used for precisely the purpose I mentioned at some point in history.

No wonder the Middle Ages were so goddamn fucked up.  This was the only kind of tripping they knew about.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: dennis on 10 Jan 2008, 01:34
I don't think smoking a joint that was dipped in jet fuel (aka kerosene) would be anything special (assuming you let it dry first!). Jet fuel is pretty pure (it would have to be, in order not to foul up jet engines), and would evaporate completely given enough time to dry. It is highly unlikely to react with anything in the joint, either. Even if some of it remained, it would just combust to carbon dioxide and monoxide.

It would, no doubt, dissolve some of the active compounds in the cannabis, but those would just crystallize out of solution as it dried. Since joints burn hot, the extracted compounds would probably denature in the heat, so it would probably make the joint weaker.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 10 Jan 2008, 02:04
maybe someone just told him it was dipped in jet fuel. he is a herion addict, after all. but he did say he got extremely fucked up but it could have just been laced with something. i dunno.

also, thank you to whoever pointed out it was jenkem and not sherm. i knew sherm was not right and i could not figure it out. it's really been bothering me.

also, on a semi-related note; anyone here have anything bad/good to say about salvia? i get mixed reviews from everyone i know whos done it and i've been thinking about heading down to the smoke shop to get some but would rather not waste my money if it's not worth it (although i hear salvia is pretty fuckin cheap).
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: onewheelwizzard on 10 Jan 2008, 03:11
Salvia is worth it if you don't mind not having any fun.

No, seriously, I mean that.  Salvia is an extremely powerful experience and therefore has a lot of potential value, but it is certainly not a "fun" experience and it really can't be taken in a "recreational" way.  It's just too weird to be enjoyed the same way you would enjoy pretty much any other drug.

I personally had the most intensely negative psychedelic experience of my life the last time I used salvia.  It would be impossible to accurately describe it in any kind of close detail ... while I remember it quite clearly there really isn't a vocabulary for what it was like and I'd end up using words that would completely fail to offer a correct picture.  But in general, I think it would be right to say that I've never been more uncomfortable in my life, although I don't know if that applies to physical comfort, emotional comfort, or both (which is a weird feeling in and of itself).  I can say that while it was exceedingly interesting, there was nothing enjoyable about it at all.

I've known people who have had experiences on salvia of equal intensity that they approved of.  One friend of mine told me he had crawled to the border of the universe, looked outside, and crawled back, and he was pretty happy about it overall.  But he didn't describe it as "fun."  He just said he was glad it happened.  Basically, it's a crazy ridiculous trip of unheard-of intensity for about 5-10 minutes and it is completely unlike any kind of drug you have ever experienced.  It's completely uncontrollable and you're at its mercy for the short time that you're on it.

It's important to note that the above is only true if you take a big enough dose to give you an out-of-body experience.  The last time I took it was the only time it did anything like what I just spent three paragraphs talking about, and that was after 3 previous experiences in which it just gave me giggles and a headache, and some faint closed-eye visuals once.  The one time I took a strong dose, though, I was tripping for 5 minutes completely elsewhere, with no connection to my physical body whatsoever.  What my friends told me was that it had been 5 minutes between when I started tripping and when I did the first thing I did after coming back (which was get up and walk out of the room as if on autopilot, realize halfway down the hall that I was tripping, and walk back into the room and sit down murmuring things for a little while).  I didn't believe them at all, but apparently I was even sitting up and laying back down again at points while I'd been in whatever kind of trance state I was in.  It wasn't a blackout because I remember what happened in between, but what happened in between lasted about 30 seconds (to me) and was a completely different state of being.

A smoked salvia experience will really only be noticeable if you smoke it extracted and concentrated.  5X is usually the lowest concentration offered and will probably only send you into something crazy if you really try to smoke a lot of it.  I did that with 10X the time it kicked my ass.  I've seen it sold at 20X and heard of 40X, although to me that just sounds useless because once you get past a certain point it really does just black you out and give you a REALLY weird wakeup.  Go for it if your curiosity is enough ... it was for me and I'm not sorry I went for it.  But don't be surprised if it gives you a lot of good reasons to stop there.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Dimmukane on 10 Jan 2008, 06:49
If you look around on the internet, you can get extracts as high as 60x (and I've seen some people claim to have done 120x).  Never having done it myself, I'll tell you what my friends' experience was (on what was supposedly 70x).  Him and his buddy were in the woods, and for god-knows-why, were wearing army helmets.  My friend took his hit, thought he had been shot, and fell to the ground.  He was in the middle of WWII, and his friend was dead and he was dying.  He hasn't touched the stuff since (and he's done quite a few things, mind you: Ayahuasca, Morning Glories, a lot of the herbal stuff).
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: öde on 10 Jan 2008, 10:39
It tasted nasty and nothing happened. Reading some of those makes me kinda glad I didn't trip.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Boro_Bandito on 10 Jan 2008, 12:30
Yeah, I've done salvia once and it didn't do anything at all except some faint giggles for me, but I guess I was just smoking weak stuff.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Hat on 10 Jan 2008, 12:40
There are ridiculous amounts of stories on erowid, none of them good. =

So you didn't read mine? Mine is on there and is a glowing review.

It's a drug, people, its going to have some fucked up effects. I was far more concerned for my safety and sanity after triple dropping potent LSD than I was on this shit. In fact, by all accounts, its a pretty inferior hallucinogen.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: onewheelwizzard on 10 Jan 2008, 12:42
Well apparently for a certain minority of people it simply doesn't do anything period.  If you take it and nothing happens it's as likely as not that you just didn't take enough, but for some people dosage doesn't matter ... they don't get anything.

A couple important points: salvinorin vaporizes at a much higher temperature than, for instance, THC, so you need to use a butane torch lighter or at least hold a normal lighter flame to the stuff for the entire duration of the hit or else you're not likely to give it enough heat.  In between this and the nasty taste, you really need to smoke it through water.

Also, any extract above 20X, if it's real, is completely absurd and redundant in my opinion.  If you take a substantial amount of 20X you're not even likely to remember what happened when you wake up.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: supersheep on 10 Jan 2008, 16:31
Either the stuff we have over here is totally crap or I've been doing it wrong, because I've only gotten moderately hallucinogenic. Far more intense than mushies, but when all the angles in the world turned into Skellingnaughts (a cross between alligators and Hungry Hungry Hippos), I was able to find a more comfortable environment and bring myself down to relatively normal with ease. I liked it a lot.

Ah, it appears I was doing it wrong. This is what happens when you listen to people for drugs advice and don't check up everything.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Boro_Bandito on 10 Jan 2008, 16:54
Well, maybe I'm like that. I mean, my other friends that were there seemed to be a lot more fucked up than me, and don't seem to remember we even smoked that night when I bring it up.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: ledhendrix on 10 Jan 2008, 16:59
I tried salvia once and it didn't really do anything. Me and my friends each had a spliff of it (king skin) and didn't really feel anything, although we were already really stoned so i dunno. It was the harshest thing i have ever smoked, had to drink some water after every toke it was ridiculous. I'm gonna try it again some day and try and get a real effect from it.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Hat on 10 Jan 2008, 19:31
Salvia needs to be smoked through a bong to have any real effect, preferably with a jet lighter. Bong hits force the smoke further back and for some reason, if you don't really force the smoke down and hold it in, you're not going to get anyway.

Actually now I really want to try a Salvia bucket bong except I would drown in a bucket and that would be humiliating.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Boro_Bandito on 10 Jan 2008, 20:25
Everytime I take a hit from a bong I end up pulling in to much and burning my throat. Of course, eventually I get so high I can no longer feel the pain, so I guess it all works out eventually.
Title: Re: Burundanga: Colombian Devil's Breath
Post by: Jooooosh on 10 Jan 2008, 21:12
Saying you have to smoke salvia through a bong with a butane torch is a lie. If it needed such ahigh temperature to vaporize, then cooling through water would make it condense, making the whole think pointless. Ive smoked it with a regular bic, through a bong with no water, and got amazing effects. And it was fun.