Drug Turns Man Into Human Blood Hound

I came across this brief article in a back issue of Fantastic Adventures magazine (August, 1940).

The source isn't the most credible. (I don't think Fantastic Adventures peer-reviewed its articles.) But the story made me curious enough to do a google search to try to figure out where this drug 'anhalonidin' came from. A lot of the search results discuss it in connection with the cactus lophophora, from which comes the drug peyote. That kinda makes sense, I guess. Though I'm not sure if lophophora grows all the way down in Colombia.
     Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 10, 2012
     Category: Drugs | Psychedelic | Experiments | Blood

Posted by M Young on 03/10/12 at 11:58 AM
There is the same phrase in the '42 news paper as there is/was in the '40 magazine... I smell a plagiarizing rat.

BTW, wasn't Paul down in Columbia just a few weeks ago? Did he come across any of this elixir? Did he bring any back? Will he share if he did?

Was there anybody named Jose involved in this story at any time?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 03/10/12 at 01:42 PM
@M Young: Same tribe, but different drug. The article you cited refers to the use of a creeper (banisteriopsis most likely) rather than a cactus. Despite the other similarities in the story, this article appears to be describing the use of ayahuasca (AKA: yage), a DMT based tea that induces visions. The Amazonian Indians familiar with these practices have become popular with American and European ethnobotany enthusiasts who travel to South American rain forests for "vision quests" overseen by indigenous guides who will brew you up some, for a price. The trips are said to be effective tools for breaking addictions to alcohol and opiates, because they can certainly leave you deeply and permanently changed. Unfortunately the locals have discovered that it's easy to brew up something easier that just stupefies you and then take advantage of you (especially if you are young and female).
Posted by Miles on 03/10/12 at 03:32 PM
So its a glorified roofie?
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/10/12 at 07:45 PM
Expat47 -- it's not only the same phrases used in the '42 newspaper and '40 magazine, it's also the same author: Edward Podolsky. So it's a case of self-plagiarism. Or rather, the time-honored tradition among authors of recycling their own work.

But it's odd that in the '42 version of the story, Podolsky drops the part about the drugged guy being able to smell blood. Instead he has visions of the future.
Posted by Alex on 03/11/12 at 10:08 AM
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