There’s a lot of things that fascinate us in the world, especially the things that scare the crap out of us. And learning about scopolamine, a.k.a “The Devil’s Breathe”, will do just that. The highly dangerous substance from a plant found in Columbia allegedly hypnotizes the user (or in most cases, the victim), causing them to completely lose their free will; essentially losing the ability to say no.
So it’s like alcohol then?
No. Not like alcohol.
Take a look at this watching this daring Vice magazine documentary about the drug… (I promise it’s worth the whole 30+ minutes).
Just a few more facts to throw in…
Approximately one in five emergency room admissions for poisoning in Bogotá have been attributed to scopolamine.
In June 2008, more than 20 people were hospitalized with psychosis in Norway after ingesting counterfeit Rohypnol tablets containing scopolamine.
There have also been reports of tourists in Thailand being robbed after having scopalmine slipped into their food or drink.
Guys and girls, for the love of god, keep your eyes on your drink if you’re hitting the town tonight…