Despite remaining a secluded taboo of society, drugs and their usage are growing exponentially. Thankfully, science is capable of keeping up in terms of research and we are aware of the majority of side effects of “street” drugs. Although, there are a few that slip under the radar and are not common knowledge. These have the potential to become significantly more dangerous as unwise user’s will consume the product without knowing risks, both short and long term the substance will likely cause.
So here are 5 drugs you probably haven’t heard of…
Bromo- Dragonfly is perhaps the most potent psychedelic with reported trips lasting a daunting 3 days. Several deaths have been accredited to this drug being marketed untruthfully; due to its striking resemblance to a number of other mainstream drugs. The likelihood of an overdose is only increased by the fact the initial onset of the effects can take as long as 6 hours. The side effects include preliminary vasoconstrictive effects which can lead to vomiting blood, asphyxia or even necrosis, in some circumstances resulting in amputation. Surely a 3 day long trip cannot be enjoyable or seem remotely beneficial to even the most experienced psychedelic users.
Another synthetic monstrosity. With the effects of an opiate this drug is approximately 5000 times stronger than heroin and thankfully the product has been rendered useless since even remote skin contact will result in unconsciousness. After increased research the drug has a new use and that is to sedate elephants using 1/100th of a gram, which in all honesty is a perfect deterrent to not seek this out.
The definition of beautiful irony. This drug is a derivative from the nightshade family. The plant, native to Colombia possesses natural beauty but its effects can cause horrendous detriment. Emerging as a prominent player in Colombian crime, this drug can simply be blown into the victim’s face or dissolved in a drink with effects taking place as quick as a few minutes. The effects render the victim in a “zombie-like” state leading to them being easily coerced into emptying bank accounts, nonconsensual sex or even organ transplants. Thankfully this drug gained serious media exposure and if you’re keen to learn more about “the devil’s breath” VICE presented a documentary fairly recently investigating the usage.
4. Benzo Fury
What started as a legal high quickly gained notoriety after a multitude of deaths were reported and exposed. The drugs usage grew in the clubbing scene and the effects such as euphoria, empathy and stimulation are all very similar to the plethora of party drugs already in circulation; cocaine, MDMA, speed etc. The effects peak at 3 hours and can last for up to a plateaued 4 hours. The perfect night out, right? Not quite. The drug is extremely detrimental to both the mental and physical health of the user, including but not limited to: loss of appetite, severe paranoia, hallucinations and even serotonin syndrome whereby the user dies of excessive serotonin. In other words, being too happy. The drug can be sold to unknowing customers as regular ecstasy but because of the marginally different effects users can “double-drop” leading to a fatal overdose. The packaging clearly states not for human consumption.
By now I am sure Krokodil has broken the barriers of underground Russia and has gained widespread exposure, reinforcing its deserved position as the world’s most dangerous drug. Krokodil is desomorphine, a synthetic opiate, designed to mimic, heighten and surpass the effects of heroin. Due to Russia attempting to restrict the huge incoming quantities of heroin, the drug has increased in price and in economically deprived regions, junkies have had to feed the cravings by any means possible. It gained its name and fearful reputation by the way it makes the user’s skin scaly and ridden with abscesses. Eventually these areas of rotting skin will have to be amputated and this homemade drug quite literally eats away flesh from inside out. In a far more horrific sense of necrosis the flesh will fall away, leaving bones exposed due to the extreme toxicity of the substance injected.
By Sam Muir, Truth Inside Of You.