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The Sapo Diaries
resident pharmacologist Hamilton Morris risks life and limb in search of the Amazon's pscychedelic sapo frog in the "The Sapo Diaries."
Known by its advocates as "the doctor," sapo secretes a jelly rich in opiod peptides claimed to be one hundred times stronger than morphine
. However, very little data has been recorded detailing the psychosomatic experience of the user. After profuse vomiting and passing out, it is claimed that the user wakes up feeling an increase in physical strength, heightened senses, resistance to hunger and thirst, and an exalted capacity to face stressful situations. The Mayoruna, a formerly cannibalistic tribe in the Amazon, has used Sapo for generations to increase their hunting abilities.
Setting out from a small drug
-trafficking town between Brazil, Peru and Columbia, Morris travels up the Amazon and its tributaries to the village of the Mayoruna. His aim is to be ritualistically burned and have the jelly introduced into his bloodstream through the fresh wounds. You can watch Hamilton come face to face with "penis fish," swarms of mosquitos, and, eventually the elusive Sapo, all with a backup commentary in the sardonic style expected of Vice Magazine
. The ever famous ayahuasca
vine even makes a guest appearance. Hilarious at times, nauseating at others, "The Sapo Diaries" is an evolution of those Salvia
Youtube videos, a perfect example of psychedelic
experimentation in the digital age.