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  1. enquirewithin
    When VICE initially asked me to go down to Colombia to dig into this Scopolamine story, I was pretty excited. I had only a vague understanding of the drug, but the idea of a substance that renders a person incapable of exercising free-will seemed liked a recipe for hilarity and the YouTube hall of fame. I even spent a little time brainstorming the various ways I could transport some of it back to the states and had a pretty good list going of different ways to utilize it on my buddies. The original plan was for me to sample the drug myself to really get an idea of the effect it had on folks. The producer and camera man had flew down to Bogota ahead of me to confirm some meetings and start laying down the groundwork. By the time I arrived a few days later, things had changed dramatically. Their first few days in the country had apparently been such a harrowing montage of freaked-out dealers and unimaginable horror stories about Scopolamine that we decided I was absolutely not going to be doing the drug. All elements of humor and novelty were rapidly stripped away during my first few days in town. After meeting only a couple people with firsthand experience, the story took a far darker turn than we ever could have imagined, and the Scopolamine pranks I had originally imagined pulling on my friends seemed beyond naive and absurd. By the time we were wrapping things up and preparing to leave the country, I couldn’’t wait to get as far away from Colombia and that drug as possible. Apologies for a fleeting moment of sincerity, but looking back, I’m pretty proud of the work we did down there. This story, and the people who tell it, truly deserve to be heard. – VICE Correspondent Ryan Duffy



  1. enquirewithin
    What would it take to be considered the world's scariest drug? A documentary that has gone viral in two days has a suggestion –– it’s one that criminals use to erase your memory and renders you incapable of exercising your free will.

    The drug, called scopolamine, also known as ‘The Devil’s Breath,' is derived from a particular type of tree common in Colombia called the Borrachero tree.

    The word "borrachero," which roughly translates to "get-you-drunk," grows wild in Bogota,Colombia.
    This tree which naturally produces scopolamine is so famous in the countryside that mothers warn their children not to fall asleep below its cunningly beautiful yellow and white flowers.

    "We probably should put some sort of fence up," jokes biologist Gustavo Morales at Bogota's botanical gardens to Reuters, eyeing children playing with borrachero seeds everywhere. The pollen alone is said to conjure up strange dreams.

    And when extracted and made into a colorless, odorless and tasteless powder, scopolamine does more than induce strange dreams. Quickly dissolved in liquids, criminals slip the powder into drinks or sprinkle it on food. Reuters states that victims become so docile that they have been known to help thieves rob their homes and empty their bank accounts. Women have been drugged repeatedly over days and gang-raped or rented out as prostitutes.

    It was stories like these that initially made VICE News Correspondent Ryan Duffy pretty excited to travel to Bogota, Colombia.

    "I had only a vague understanding of [scopolamine], but the idea of a substance that renders a person incapable of exercising free-will seemed liked a recipe for hilarity and the YouTube hall of fame," Duffy writes.

  2. scarednoklahoma
    Trying to find what was spiked in my drink at a Leon family renunion. Only remember my 3rd drink from there and had a slightly odd and bitterness. Could this be the drug? My doctor says I was given a leathal dose of something. Still no memory, only flashes of a rage. I have lost my Fiance because I was fine, we got home, and all she says is it was like Satan himself was set loose in the house. She doesn't know what to believe. Went for testing, but nothing showed up. Though this drug causes you to supposedly become docile, another report shows at times an extremely violent response where the victim attacks the perpetrator. Could this have happened? The full effect hit as soon as we got home? I know alcohol does not cause this violent of a response. The other possibility was a mixture of Cathinones and Pyrovalerones. This latter is what my doctor believes was used and says I'm lucky to be alive. Can anyone out there offer a positive coarse to resolve this? Or am I truly a monster and just poking in the wind for an excuse?
  3. enquirewithin
    I think behavior under scoplamine is very unpredictable, which is why most people would never willingly take it. Higher doses of scoplamine and related drugs are said to cause scopolamine-induced delirium, ie madness. Lower doses cause sedation-- higher, restless behaviour.
  4. StygianThemis
    This is the scariest fucking thing I've ever heard of.

    From what I took from the video, the effect of scoplamine are instantaneous. Once it's ingested you are fucked. So, since it took so long for it to effect you, this wasn't scoplamine. I have no idea what could have done that.
  5. RichInMethadonia
    I have those trees with those flowers growing ALL OVER my neighborhood in South Florida. I have even picked and dried some flowers but I don't think ill even use them, and if I did, it wouldn't be by tea, it would be by smoking it in tiny amounts........ That shit is scary. Here It is called "Angels Trumpet" and "Devils trumpet" and there are also more names.
  6. Motorway
    Having watched that vice film, that stuff should be left well alone! Very scary and zero recreational value in other words leave the fuck alone.

    I also read a thread here of someone who tried to use as a recreational substance and then wished they had not.

    Kudos to filmmaker BTW, good watch.
  7. MikePatton
    I watched the vice film when it came out, It seems too easy to manipulate those under the influence to do your will... I would think they are much more confused in real life.
  8. reef88
    My cousin was given this shit, luckily he got home before he blacked out, my aunt said he looked pretty high.

    I've heard stories of people that are given this drug through flyers or drinks, and they are taken to the ATM and robbed. I never take flyers on the streets.
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