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Scopolamine – The World’s Scariest Drug

VICE’s Ryan Duffy went to Colombia to check out a strange and powerful drug called Scopolamine, also known as “The Devil’s Breath.” It’s a substance so intense that it renders a person incapable of exercising free will. The first few days in the country were a harrowing montage of freaked-out dealers and unimaginable horror stories about Scopolamine. After meeting only a few people with firsthand experience, the story took a far darker turn than we ever could have imagined.


  1. Yes indeed scopolamine (which is derived from datura) is a very scary drug. I speak from firsthand experience in the early ’70’s. However the video makes a lot of claims about the underworld use of the drug to instantly render “victims” helpless. What BS! When I took it it took over an hour to come on and, at first it was very subtle.

    The video also claims the plant is found mainly in northern South America. More BS! It is found all over the world. I found my plant growing right next to an auto dealer near San Diego,Ca. When I was in India in ’81 I found it was used as a offering to Lord Shiva in daily rituals. However the pujaris that performed the ritual had little idea of the hallucinatory qualities of the plant. They said it was Lord Shiva’s fave thing for meditation and that’s why they offered it. Datura plants are grown around the Shiva temples for that purpose.

    I’ve also seen Tibetan Buddhist scriptural references to Datura by the great saint Lonchempa. He was not recommending it but referred to our present state of delusion as being like when one is under the influence of datura (meaning that both are hallucinations or projections of the mind).

    Even considering the “spiritual” use of datura I would advise anyone thinking of trying it as a recreational fun trip to FORGET ABOUT IT!….It is not fun in any way. No bliss either. Just incredible hallucinations along with the belief that what you are experiencing is “real”. There may be some special knowledge to be gained or you may get lost like one of the guys in the video said his friend did. Not for the faint of heart or people whose compasses aren’t firmly bolted to the deck of their boats.

    By the way, Scopolamine is the main active ingredient in many motion or sea sickness meds. Just look at the ingredients on a pack. It is also use as an antihistamine in many over the counter cold meds. It dries your sinuses right up. In fact it dries everything right up. As such, large doses will indeed mess you up. Maybe even kill you. If you are gonna do it just be careful. It is powerful stuff!

    • I want to clear one thing up here. Scopolamine is a brand name for a concoction sold as a sea sickness med. If you look at the ingredients label you’ll see belladonna listed as the active ingredient and belladonna is another word for datura. Belladonna is often listed in over the counter cold meds as the antihistamine.

      I used Scopolamine in pill form once when sailing on the ocean in a sailboat race. I was the only crew member besides the skipper and it was really rough that day. 10′ to 12′ swells and real bumpy. At any rate I took half a pill and after about 4 hours I looked off to the side of our boat and saw a pod of six dolphins come up out of the water together. They were side by side and parallel to each other and were dancing on their tales in perfect Radio City Rockette formation. I thought, “Wow! how cool.”. I was going to say something to the skipper when I thought better, not knowing how hip the skipper was. There were no other anomalies to be seen around us. Everything else looked “normal”. That is one of the characteristics of the experience. You may be in your own house and everything looks and feels normal but there might be other “people” in your room and you might even be carrying on a lucid conversation with some or all of them. If someone “real” actually came into your room they would only see you talking to a non existent person(s). One of the cardinal rules of Datura Dudes and Dudettes is…before you talk to someone you have encountered shake their hands first to verify that they actually physically exist. Another good idea is to have a friend or guide around you to make sure you don’t do anything stupid.

      I have told my Datura story to a handful of people over the years and they were all blown away. I’m talking here about my big Dig Up The Plant and Prepare the Substance trip in SoCal in the 70’s. It was wild and, at times, scary to say the least. It did, however, set the stage for me actively pursuing the Eastern Mystical trip. I eventually swore off intoxicants (for thirty years) and followed that path hardcore. India….wow! Now that was a trip! I see it all now as having a place in my seeking for the ultimate truth. Still looking.

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