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50 Fascinating Facts about Recreational Drugs

1Romano Dias

In 2013, a man named Romano Dias died after drinking $54,000 worth of methamphetamine, after mistaking it for fruit juice. - Source


2. In 1969, Willie Nelson ran into a burning house to save his guitar, and a pound of Cannabis.


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3. In the 1970's, a plane (Howard 500) carrying 6,000lbs. of marijuana crashed in a remote area of Yosemite National Park. Local mountaineers, rock climbers, hippies, and drug dealers made excursions to the area to take as much product as they could, all while the US government tried to secure the drugs. - Source


4. A drug testing expert named Sonja Farak was high on cocaine almost every day she went to work, calling into question some 30,000 criminal drug cases she processed over the course of 8 years. - Source


5. Aldous Huxley, the famous writer of 'Brave New World' asked for LSD on his deathbed, to which his wife complied. He died hallucinating. - Source


6LSD

In 1972, 8 people accidentally snorted LSD at a party thinking it was cocaine, resulting in doses roughly 1000 times higher than normal. All recovered fully within 12 hours. - Source


7. Two Undercover Agents repeatedly tried to buy marijuana at the Lagunitas Brewing company taproom but were unable to make any busts as the generous patron's kept trying to give them the drugs for free. - Source


8. In 2014, a man named Walter Earl Morrison from Arizona stole a diamond worth $160,000 and traded it for $20 of weed. - Source


9. Johnny Winters' manager had been slowly lowering his methadone dosage for 3 years without Johnny’s knowledge and, as a result, Johnny was completely clean of his 40-year heroin addiction for over 8 months before being told he was finally drug-free. - Source


10. In 1978, Tim Allen (American actor) nearly spent life in prison for trafficking cocaine.


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11Albert Hofmann

Bicycle Day (19th April) celebrates Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann's discovery of LSD in 1943, and the harrowing ride home on his bicycle after deliberately ingesting a dose of the drug. - Source


12. During the Glasgow Ice cream wars, rival ice cream truck drivers sold drugs from their trucks, shot at each other and committed arson throughout the 80's. - Source


13. The majority of LSD available in the US in the 1990's came from UCLA Researcher William L. Pickard. He was arrested whilst converting an old nuclear missile Silo into a massive LSD Laboratory. - Source


14. The Stoned Ape Theory, which is a controversial theory from Terence McKenna (American ethnobotanist) states that a lot of our advanced human evolution came as a result of the ingestion of psilocybin mushrooms, also known as magic mushrooms by our primate ancestors. - Source


15. Drug overdose deaths, driven largely by prescription drug overdose deaths, are now the leading cause of injury death in the United States surpassing motor vehicle crashes.


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16Scythian tribal chiefs

Excavations of a kurgan (burial chamber) in Russia in 2013 revealed that Scythian tribal chiefs used bongs made out of gold 2400 years ago to smoke cannabis and opium. - Source


17. Ibuprofen can neutralize a cannabis high and potentially eliminate short-term memory loss associated with cannabis use. - Source


18. Olympians are now allowed a modest amount of THC in blood tests. In May 2013, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) raised the in-competition threshold for marijuana tenfold, to 150 ng/ml, meaning that an athlete would have to be a "pretty dedicated cannabis consumer" to test positive. - Source


19. Heroin is a brand name and the drug was originally marketed by Bayer as a non-addictive cough medicine. - Source


20. William Halsted was a pioneering surgeon from the 19th century who discovered anesthetic properties of cocaine and eventually got addicted to it. He signed himself up in a sanatorium where his addiction was "treated" with morphine. He remained a morphine addict for the rest of his life - Source


21Shiva

The Hindu God Shiva has long been linked to cannabis. Shiva came and drank the poison created by the cosmic ocean, but over time it made him so hot he needed to be cooled down. Marijuana is supposed to be a coolant, so it is said that Shiva smokes weed to keep his body temperature down. - Source


22. Tim Horton (Canadian professional ice hockey player) died at the age of 44 while attempting to drive from Toronto to Buffalo at 4 am with twice the legal Blood Alcohol Level, multiple drugs in his system, no seat-belt, and the police chasing him. - Source


23. In 2014, an Ottawa shooter named Michael Zehaf Bibeau attempted to rob a McDonalds with a pointed stick. He wanted to be in jail because he believed it was the only way to overcome his crack cocaine addiction. - Source


24. Less than 5% of the world lives in the U.S., but Americans consume about 37% of cocaine in the world. - Source


25. In 1990, a police department in Michigan staged a fake wedding with undercover cops acting as the bride and groom and invited local drug dealers to attend. At the reception, they busted them all at once. - Source

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