Report: Teens Using Digital Drugs to Get High

By Pondlife · Jul 15, 2010 · ·
  1. Pondlife
    Kids around the country are getting high on the internet, thanks to MP3s that induce a state of ecstasy. And it could be a gateway drug leading teens to real-world narcotics.

    At least, that’s what Oklahoma News 9 is reporting about a phenomenon called “i-dosing,” which involves finding an online dealer who can hook you up with "digital drugs" that get you high through your headphones.

    And officials are taking it seriously.

    "Kids are going to flock to these sites just to see what it is about and it can lead them to other places," Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs spokesman Mark Woodward told News 9.

    I-dosing involves donning headphones and listening to "music" — largely a droning noise — which the sites peddling the sounds promise will get you high. Teens are listening to such tracks as "Gates of Hades," which is available on YouTube gratis (yes, the first one is always free).

    Those who want to get addicted to the “drugs” can purchase tracks that will purportedly bring about the same effects of marijuana, cocaine, opium and peyote. While street drugs rarely come with instruction manuals, potential digital drug users are advised to buy a 40-page guide so that they learn how to properly get high on MP3s.

    Oklahoma’s Mustang Public School district isn’t taking the threat lightly, and sent out a letter to parents warning them of the new craze. The educators have gone so far as to ban iPods at school, in hopes of preventing honor students from becoming cyber-drug fiends, News 9 reports.

    Here’s a video of one wholesome kid getting high — startlingly so — on an MP3:

    We at Threat Level are stunned and have hundreds of questions.

    Will future presidential candidates defend their i-dosing past by saying, "But I had it on mute"? Are we supposed to declare a war on cyberdrugs or a cyberwar on cyberdrugs? How will police know if a teen is with headphones on is i-dosing or just listening to Justin Bieber? Is the iPod the bong of the future? What would happen if some ne’er-do-well took over the console of the Super Bowl and dosed the entire country? What if kids smoked dried banana peels and listened to these trippy tunes at the same time — could they OD? What happens if someone sells a tainted MP3?

    Perhaps most importantly, what will happen if the kids move onto harder stuff like Steve Reich, Philip Glass or even Janet Cardiff’s installation, "The Killing Machine"?

    Here’s a sample of the heavy stuff that some light experimentation with drug drone music could lead to. (Note: The following video is only for informational purposes and should only be viewed by responsible adults.)

    Correction: This post placed the Mustang school district in Kansas, when it’s actually in Oklahoma. Kansas, the band, however might not be safe for teens, and could be a gateway band to harder, more dangerous psychedelic fare like Pink Floyd.

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  1. godztear
    I downloaded all of the I-doses at one point via file sharing. Not long after that, I deleted them from my computer as they are a complete waste of time...unless one has time to waste listening to tones in the dark for hours which I could easily find other things to do.

    I really can't believe they are making an issue out of this. The line "And officials are taking it seriously." cracks me up. Maybe they should listen to some of the i-doses to see how stupid they are for making an ordeal out of it.

    Calling it a gateway drug? Come the fuck on, it has no comparative physical values to any drug what-so-ever other then illicit drug names given to different songs.
  2. missparkles
    This was one of the first topics I started when I first came to DF, it's all about binaural beats, or "white noise" as it's sometimes called. Here's part of that first post...

    I found it hard work, and eventually I stopped using it.

  3. EscapeDummy
    I hope by "they" you mean the officials/society there. Because the article is very clearly being satirical and tongue-in-cheek. My bad if you know, I can't really tell over the internet :s
  4. coolhandluke
    swim doesn't get how this works, or how it is a threat. would it be like the feeling swim gets when he listens to one of his favorite tunes? should we ask children to quit eating candy, playing games, climbing trees, ect, because it feels good. these "journalists" are really stupid, and need to find other filler material for their "news" programing.

    maybe the school and parents should ask themselves why kids are seeking an escape.
  5. Spucky
    AW: Report: Teens Using Digital Drugs to Get High

    We should ban iTunes as soon as possible,
    if this is not working we should ban Stereophonie!
  6. spritezero
    Anyone got any clarky-cat?
  7. mr. trips marley
    lmao wow. swim remembers a couple years ago, he got some of these things off his friends computer. They are pretty much bullshit. Well, for some people they might work swim guesses. Swim tried a few different ones like acid, ecstasy, weed, cocaine, and dmt, and not one of them did anything for swim.

    However, swims friend, did one of them which is supposedly one of the most intense ones, and it made swim wonder. This one was called "Hand of God" and swims friend closed his eyes and started listening to it, and about ten minutes into it, he started to move around restlessly, and he began chanting weird jibberish. Apparently, this idoser took him on a journey and he saw a golden house that God lived in, and God told him shit about the universe, then did somethin crazy intense to him.

    Pretty damn wierd if u ask swim....:p
  8. Agrippa
    I thought this was a joke, reminds me of the Fringe episode where a serial killer creates a computer program that makes people brains melt from overheating. Kind've an interesting concept - getting high via music. Thinking about it, it does sound perfectly viable but extremely difficult to create. Hmmmm...
  9. spritezero
    This sort of stuff had been previously regarded as pseudo-science, though they can do interesting things like apply electric interference to portions of a persons brain so they make choices based on the likely outcome of a decision rather than the "morality" surrounding it.

    SWIM wonders if you can buy these in cap form yet to be worn permanently...
  10. Space Numpty
    SWIM has listened to "Gates of Hades" which is free on youtube.

    It definitely starts to make one feel freaked out and panicky at stages, makes you feel like something awful is going to happen and there is some sort of "presence" to it, SWIM had to keep opening his eyes as if something was stood looming over him.

    This is pretty basic science though. Certainly in the case of this particular track SWIM would hazard a guess and say they have used very low frequency sounds which are proven to make people feel uneasy and have been suggested as an explanation to all sorts of things from ghosts to religious experiences. Most notably, low frequency sound is proven to give people a feeling that there is something "present", an entity or suchlike and induce fear in the subject.
  11. antizero
    No, the tones actively synchronize the two hemispheres of your brain which results in an altered state of consciousness. It does work. I've used it for years with great success. The Monroe Institute developed the pioneering work in the field.
  12. platitude
    "Dude... I'm cheesing my f***ing ears out!!" :laugh::laugh::laugh:

    this just confirms the fact that people will do anything to get high, and media will do anything to scare society. I don't know if it is funny or sad... maybe both.
  13. EscapeDummy
    Well, swim went to youtube and watched a few i-doser videos. The two "most legit" ones appear to be Gates of Hades and Hand of God. Honestly, watching the videos, he would not doubt that listening to those on headphones might get some people 'high'. Their chests/stomach start going in and out real fast and they shake somewhat violently, they ceratinly appear to be in an altered state of mind... it probably doesn't work for many people but it does for some.
  14. missparkles
    Escape Dummy.

    You were possibly witnessing them having a mega anxiety attack?;)

  15. TheUnicorn
    Ahh this again, haha.

    My unicorn friend tried this before, the heroin one if he remembers correctly, all it did was give him a headache.

    He recons alot of it has to do with how suggestive the person's mind is, similar to how hypnosis only works on certain people.

  16. Cold Assassin
    Has anyone on here gotten idoser to work? Swim downloaded them all on his iPod, and was disappointed. The LSD one made swim think he was flying, but none of the other ones did anything. The LSD one only worked the first time. How sad...
  17. Scrubbs
    the idoser is basically drone music. drone music has been around for a while and is pretty cool if you want to relax or try to meditate. drone music is practically very long tones that you can drift to. this idose thing seems like a marketing scheme. if you like idose then i suggest finding some drone artists, at least they make music from the heart while idose seems cold and calculated. a pretty good drone artist is bass communion
  18. izzy31
    that is one of the stupidest fucking things I have ever heard. What a load of shit about having to take it seriously. THere are certain sounds that can affect brain waves via bio-feedback, but causing a state of euphoria is a bunch of bullshit. It does little more than a white noise machine would to help you go to sleep by playing the sound of waves in the ocean. I think its funny ppl take shit like this seriously, because you KNOW they must've been fucked with alot as a kid.
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