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Smoking Periwinkle

Every so often the media needs to sound the alarm about a new drug that's corrupting the youth of the nation. In the summer of 1967, that drug was the periwinkle plant. The entire scare was based on one group of teenagers in Florida who experimented with the plant, but still it generated plenty of headlines.

Can smoking periwinkle actually get you high? Probably. Over at there are some reports of people experimenting with it. Though despite the scare of 1967, it never caught on as a popular drug.

Dr. George Dame, a health officer in Manatee County, warned that periwinkle could have all kinds of unpleasant side effects (such as "withering of muscle tissue") because periwinkle is the source of some drugs (vinblastine and vincristine) used in chemotherapy. However, an expert on those drugs disagreed with him. From Newsweek (June 26, 1967):

A chemist at Eli Lilly & Co. of Indianapolis, where the drugs vincristine and vinblastine were developed, said last week that the perils may not be as great as Dame suspects. Both vincristine and vinblastine, he pointed out, are highly unstable and probably do not get into the smoke of burning periwinkle leaves in an active form. Nonetheless, the chemist was quick to put down the periwinkle cult. "Periwinkle," he said, "like most inedible plants, is toxic. You might get pretty sick to your stomach."

Sydney Morning Herald - Jun 4, 1967

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jan 29, 2016 | Comments (9)
Category: Drugs, Psychedelic, Smoking and Tobacco, 1960's

La Bruja

I regret that I cannot find a subtitled-in-English version of this Mexican film, where a mad scientist creates a formula that turns an extremely ugly woman into a beauty, as in the before-and-after pix below. But those of you who know Spanish--or who just want visuals--can enjoy the full movie.



Kosher Cannabis

Vireo Health, a company in New York that supplies medical marijuana, is now having their product certified Kosher. Apparently this would not normally be necessary except that some of the cannabis will be used in baked goods. So, because some of it will be eaten it must be certified Kosher for those who keep Kosher. Pot, its becoming more mainstream everyday.
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Jan 06, 2016 | Comments (3)
Category: Drugs, Food, Religion

USAF Lip Balm Recall

Somebody in ordering is in trouble! The Air Force has recalled lip balm that contains THC due to the use of hemp oil in it. Its too low a dose to show up on a drug screen but, you know, zero tolerance and all that.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Dec 22, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Drugs, Military

Caffeinated Peanut Butter

And now, yet another caffeine delivery system. Because what our over-caffeinated world clearly needs is more caffeine. So you can get your caffeine fix via an inhaler, a body spray, as you lather up in the shower, and now in your peanut butter.

I think I'll stick with my morning cup of coffee.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Oct 12, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Drugs, Food, Coffee and other Legal Stimulants

Flowers of Darkness

This scare-documentary certainly starts out by making a good case for drugs as an antidote to the horrors of life, even showing an image of Buddha as celebrity endorsement.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 09, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Drugs, PSA's, 1970's

Party Favors

Delightful mother of the year planning her daughter's 18th birthday party didn't think a limo ride to London for an evening of partying was enough. To make sure they had a good time she got 12 baggies of cocaine for the trip. The party was to be in February but unfortunately for mom police stopped by on the 31 of January to talk to her and caught her with the drugs. Having had 6 previous convictions tends to get you extra police attention.
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Sep 10, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Drugs, Parents

This Is Your Dog On Meth!

Little Guy, a mixed breed terrier, found his owner, Marty Rogers', meth stash and ate some. When Little Guy got sick Marty took him to the vet where he tested positive for meth(of course). The vet turned him, Marty not Little Guy, in to police who then searched their home. They found that Little Guy was polite and left some of the meth for the nice policemen to find, as well as a stolen motorcycle. Both Marty and Little Guy are going to get new homes. One is going to the county pound and the other to the county jail.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Aug 29, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Drugs

The Apple

Explanation here--insofar as is possible.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jul 31, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Drugs, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Music, Science Fiction, 1980's

I’m a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas

Gangsta rap!

Well a pretty little mom tried to put me on the run

But I had to burn her down with a Thompson Gun

I'm a ding dong daddy from Dumas babe

You oughta see me do my stuff

I'm a ding dong daddy baby

And liquor is my racket

Lots of times when things are dull

I deal in other traffic

I can sell you morphine coke or snow

Take a little shot and you're raring to go
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 11, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Drugs, Music, 1930's
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