5 of the Strangest Drugs People Use To Get High

Street Drugs not Included

Drug use has changed dramatically over the last 30 years. When I first started 26 years ago, people were pretty much stuck using meth, cocaine, heroin, weed or PCP. Since the advent of the Internet, the sky’s the limit as far as drug use is concerned.

Now, with instant communication and websites dedicated to spreading the word on some of the more fringe drugs, we bring you some of the more bizarre things that people have used to get high. These drug trends are world wide, too. Now, someone can get high using a household product, post it on any number of drug user websites like www.bluelight.ru or www.drug-forum.com. With drugs like Bath Salts, Spice, Flakka, Mephedrone and others, the landscape of drug use is becoming more and more cluttered.

So, without further ado, here are some of the weirdest drugs that people are using to get high.

1.     Nutmeg

Yes, this is the same nutmeg that you find in your spice rack and it is classified as a hallucinogen. In the US, it is mainly used as a spice. However, in other cultures, nutmeg is used for everything from Arab doctors using it for digestive disorders, kidney disease and lymphatic ailments to Yemeni men using it to increase and maintain their sexual vigor.

Effects can take 2-7 hours to come on, depending on how recently the last meal was eaten and the primary effects of a full dose of Nutmeg can last up to 24 hours. More minor secondary effects can continue for up to 72 hours. Most users report that they feel strong effects for 10-15 hours regularly.

So how do you take it? You can spoon it into your mouth or you can mix it with a drink and swallow it. But, the primary way to get it into your body is my taking it orally. Many users report that they are in a dream like state while high. They’ll have hallucinations that they see, hear and feel and make it seem as if they are in a dream. Nutmeg, when taken in enough quantity, is like other hallucinogenic drugs.

2.     Toad Licking (You Need to Be On Drugs In the First Place to Do This)

You’re not actually licking the toad, but there is such a thing as getting high off of a toad. The skin and poison of Bufo alvarius (Colorado River toad or Sonoran Desert toad) contain 5-MeO-DMT and bufotenin. Other species contain only bufotenin. 5-MeO-DMT and bufotenin both belong to the family of hallucinogenic tryptamines. Because of these substances the skin or poison of the toads may produce psychoactive effects when ingested.

Users will have the frogs and will “milk” the glands of the frog onto a mirror. A white milky substance will squirt onto the mirror. When it is dry, the user will either take it orally, or some will smoke it. The purpose of this substance in the frogs is to poison predators who try to eat the frog. Users who use this drug will have symptoms consistent with a hallucinogenic drug. Users report being high anywhere from 1 to 8 hours.

3.     Scopolamine

Scopolamine originates naturally in some plants, but has also been synthesized to put into some medications. Most people that abuse scopolamine find it in natural plants like henbane, jimson weed (Datura), angel’s trumpets (Brugmansia), and corkwood (Duboisia). Scopolamine is found in certain medicines that treat motion sickness, gastrointestinal spasms and irritable bowel syndrome.

So what happens when someone uses Scopolamine? The drug, when abused, will show effects of someone under the influence of a hallucinogen. The user will hallucinate, have dilated pupils and a fast pulse. It is possible to overdose on this drug and it is possible to become addicted.

4.     Jenkem

Jenkem has to be the most disgusting drug on the list, but it is also the most overrated. Essentially, the user inhales methane emanated from human feces and urine. Yeah, let that sink in for a moment. They’re huffing poop. This is rarely done, but it is done by some nonetheless.

In 2007, a sheriff’s office in Florida disseminated an internal bulletin outlining Jenkem use, including how users get high. Unfortunately, that bulletin was leaked to the press and was published across the US. The DEA reports no incidents in the US of Jenkem use, but it has been reportedly used in Africa by youth looking for a high. Several organizations struggled to find one single case of Jenkem use in the United States. They found none. It was later determined to be a hoax and a result of faulty internet research. So, if you hear of someone using Jenkem, it is more than likely a hoax or urban legend.


5.     Freon

Yes, the same Freon that is in your air conditioner. To get the Freon, users will take a trash bag, release the safety valve on the air conditioner and the Freon is released into the bag. The users inhale the Freon from the bag directly. Freon is classified as an inhalant, but users will report very vivid hallucinations. There have been reports of children dying who huff Freon, including a 12 year old girl in Victorville, CA. Many users report that it is the worst high that they have experienced and warn against its use.

So there you have it. I’m sure that this list will change over time as people find more and more ways to get high. I have not seen anything like it since starting drug enforcement 26 years ago. From ‘research chemicals’ to natural highs like some mentioned above, we have definitely moved on from the traditional street drugs. It makes you wonder what new highs are on the horizon.

Author: Keith Graves
Keith is a retired Police Sergeant and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for 29 years. Keith was named as California’s Narcotics Officer of the Year and is a prior winner of MADD’s California Hero Award. He has years of experience as a Narcotics Detective and a Narcotics Unit Supervisor and is a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor (IACP #3292). Keith teaches both the DRE course and the Drug Abuse Recognition Course and has taught at the Police Academy. He has developed several drug courses for the California Narcotics Officers Association, California POST and California Colleges and currently consults POST on drug investigation procedures. Keith has held other assignments besides narcotics including Training Sergeant, Patrol Sergeant, COPPS Officer, Traffic Officer, and 20 years as a SWAT Team member and Sniper Team Leader. Keith has taught thousands of officers and businesses around the world about drug use, drug trends, compliance training and drug investigations. He is recognized as an international drug expert and has testified as an expert in court proceedings on drug cases, homicide cases and rape prosecutions. Keith earned a BA in Business Management from Saint Mary's College of California and a MA in Criminal Justice. Keith is the Founder and President of Graves & Associates, a company dedicated to providing drug training to law enforcement and private industry.

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