Dangerous Drugs You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
There are hundreds of unknown drugs in the world hiding in different corners of the globe and contributing to new cases of addiction every day. You can probably name at least five deadly drugs off the top of your head right now. But others exist aside from heroin and cocaine, and they’re just as deadly, if not worse. Below is a list of dangerous drugs you’ve probably never heard of that you should familiarize yourself with before you even think about trying them.
#1 - Foxy MethoxyAlso known as DiPT (5-MEO-DIPT,) Foxy Methoxy is a psychedelic hallucinogenic that’s known for producing hallucinations. Foxy Methoxy can make people see things that aren’t real, as well as hear, smell, feel, and even taste things that only exist in the person’s imagination. Because Foxy Methoxy is one of the many unheard-of drugs in the world, there’s a lack of research about its mechanism of action and its full effect on the body. There’s also a lack of knowledge about this drug within the drug market, meaning that the source and purity of the drug are often unknown to users. Foxy Methoxy is a synthetic substance, meaning it’s man-made in illegal legal laboratories. It’s currently a Schedule I drug in the U.S. because it has no medical benefits and is illegal to possess. In addition to hallucinations, it’s also predicted that DiPT can continue to affect users’ hearing long after the drug wears off. This can make it difficult for users to differentiate between sounds in proximity and background noise, which can affect their speech, concentration, ability to learn, and more.
KhatThis drug is actually created from a common plant in the Middle East and is often used to create synthetic cathinones or bath salts. The leaves of the khat plant are either chewed or consumed in a liquid form to experience a stimulating high. Many people in the Middle East ingest it before work or a test to increase their energy, focus, and performance. However, this drug produces similar side effects to well-known stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine and also has the same potential for abuse and addiction. What’s more, the khat drug is considered a catalyst to terrorism in the Middle East because members of terrorist groups often ingest it to increase their energy and because it provides a sense of invincibility. Terrorist groups in these regions profit from the manufacturing, trafficking, and sale of khat, as well.
DragonflyOtherwise known as Bromo-DragonFLY or B-DFLY, Dragonfly is a chemical within the 2C drug class that increases serotonin levels to produce hallucinogenic side effects. Black dragonfly pills earned their street name because the chemical structure resembles a dragonfly’s wing. Dragonfly earns its spot on the list of scariest drugs in the world because it’s more potent than most hallucinogenic drugs that circulate in the drug market nowadays. In addition to intense hallucinations and an altered state of mind, B-DFLY can also produce side effects like seizures, confusion, mood swings, heart problems, and even death. To top it off, this drug is also a vasoconstrictor, meaning that it constricts blood vessels in the body, which can lead to tissue necrosis (rotting skin,) gangrene, and amputation. Unfortunately, even scarier, dangerous drugs like Dragonfly can be illegally purchased online, meaning anyone and everyone can get their hands on it.
Benzo FuryLike many other deadly illegal drugs, 6-APB or Benzo Fury is sold under the label “not for human consumption” (similar to bath salts) to avoid legal detection and make trafficking and purchasing easier. Similar to drugs like MDMA and Molly, Benzo Fury produces hallucinogenic side effects but at a much higher risk. Because it’s more potent, the effects of Benzo Fury can last up to 14 hours. Incidents of overdose, self-harm, and hospitalization have been reported. Benzo Fury is usually sold online as tablets (also called pellets,) white or brown powder, or different colored capsules. It produces the same side effects as other stimulants – such as increased alertness and energy – but it is much more potent and therefore deadlier.
Gray DeathGray Death is a silvery, chalky-like drug that resembles concrete mixing powder. It can be taken orally as a tablet or capsule, snorted, injected, or smoked. Although the ingredients of Gray Death vary, it’s usually made out of fatal opioids like heroin, carfentanil, fentanyl, and U-47700 (Pink.) Opioids like heroin, carfentanil, and fentanyl are extremely addictive and harmful. Drugs are often laced with carfentanil and fentanyl to increase their weight and potency, creating a combination that often leads to overdose or death. Considering that Gray Death is composed mainly of life-threatening drugs, it earns its position on our list of scary drugs.
ScopolamineReferred to as “the perfect substance for an easy crime,” Scopolamine - also known as Devil’s Breath or Scopolamine Datura - is one of the world’s most unique drugs. Scopolamine is a powder made from the Borrachero tree that grows in Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela. According to legend, Scopolamine Datura works by eliminating the person’s free will, leaving users conscious but their actions controlled by a “predator.” Like a child, those who take the drug allegedly obey whoever gives them a command. Perpetrators are completely in control of their victim’s minds and actions. In the end, the victim is left with no memory of the incident. Considering its proposed side effects, Scopolamine can be compared to date rape drugs like GHB or Rohypnol (Ruffies,) which are often used by perpetrators to sedate their victims and facilitate sexual abuse. While the exact science behind Scopolamine is unknown, it’s believed that taking too much of it can be fatal. Some may use this drug recreationally by grinding the roots and flowers of the Borrachero tree and brewing them as tea. In any case, there are no medical benefits to this plant and, like other common and uncommon illegal drugs, should be avoided at all costs.
KrokodilAlso called Krok, desomorphine, or Poor Man’s Heroin, Krokodil is a deadly type of opioid that’s native to Russia. In Russian, the word crocodile is “krokodil,” hence its name. It’s referred to as the “Poor Man’s Heroin” because of its cheap and potent doses. Although it originated in Russia and other former Soviet Republics, Krokodil is slowly spreading to other areas of the world. The drug received its name, which is the Russian word for crocodile, because the leathery, dark, and ripped-up skin the drug produces at the injection site mimics that of a crocodile’s skin. Krokodil is made by mixing harmful chemicals like hydrochloric acid, paint thinner, red phosphorus, and others. However, this combination gives the drug the ability to eat its way through the person from the inside out. What’s more, Krokodil is known for causing chunks of flesh to rot and fall off at the injection site (as it’s administered like heroin.) It also erodes organs in the body, slowly disfiguring users until they either die from complications or become unrecognizable, making it arguably the most dangerous and craziest drug ever.
MethaqualoneCommonly known as Quaalude in the U.S. and as Mandrax in the United Kingdom, methaqualone is a CNS stimulant that’s sold in tablets. These tablets are usually crushed and smoked with a mixture of cannabis or tobacco in a bottleneck pipe called a white pipe or witwyf. It was initially used as an anti-malarial drug in India but is now commonly sold in the drug market under the street name “ludes.” Quaalude abuse produces side effects like nausea, loss of consciousness, and sedation. Taking too much of this drug can also result in an overdose, which can be fatal. As with other depressants, abusing methaqualone can lead to the development of physical dependence and addiction. Those affected usually require medically monitored detox and the assistance of a rehab facility to recover.
W-18In addition to other opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil that are making headlines in the news, another opioid that’s trickling into U.S. communities is W-18. W-18 is a synthetic opioid that’s so potent it was never approved for medical use. It’s believed to be 100 times stronger than fentanyl and 10,000 times more potent than morphine. As with other drugs of its class, W-18 is believed to alleviate pain while producing a euphoric high. It’s safe to say that taking high doses of this drug can lead to a potentially fatal overdose, as well. Moreover, lab-made W-18 is often mixed or laced with other cheap or low-grade heroin to increase its potency and weight. To make matters worse, this drug is believed to be so powerful that it limits the effectiveness of the life-saving drug naloxone, which is often used to reverse opioid overdose long enough to find medical assistance.
PinkWe mentioned this one earlier: U-47700 or Pink is another synthetic opioid that’s a derivative of fentanyl, so you can imagine how dangerous it is. It’s eight times more potent than morphine, a natural opioid that most drugs in this class are made of. Reports of Pink-related deaths have surfaced continually since 2016, causing a public stir. Until recently, it was legal to purchase online. Fortunately, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) eventually caught on and, in November 2016, reclassified Pink as a Schedule I drug.
WetWet refers to cigarettes and marijuana joints that are dipped in Phencyclidine and smoked. Phencyclidine, also called PCP or angel dust, is a hallucinogenic that also works as a stimulant to increase alertness and energy while also altering the individual’s state of mind. Wet is a form of smoking cigarettes and joints that are laced with PCP to experience a psychedelic high. Even so, as fun as this may seem to some, other adverse side effects like detachment from reality, delusions, and distorted bodily perceptions are more common. Wet drug abuse is also known to induce psychosis, which is a state of mind in which people lose touch with reality, causing them to hallucinate or believe things that aren’t true (delusions.) Users may also become extremely violent and even homicidal.
AyahuascaAlso known as the “Vine of The Dead,” Ayahuasca is a powerful psychedelic compound called DMT or yage. Its use stems from South American shamanistic medicine. Normally prepared as tea, users drink Ayahuasca to experience intense and profound hallucinations that can last up to six hours. Due to these changes in perception, many attribute self-discovery and spiritual enlightenment to Ayahuasca. Although it’s marketed online (like other illegal drugs,) many people travel to South America to participate in Ayahuasca retreats. During these retreats, a shaman leads participants in a ritual that involves the consumption of Ayahuasca with the goal of achieving spiritual enlightenment. While it may seem tempting, there’s a dark side to Ayahuasca. It’s known to cause high blood pressure and rapid heart rate, which can be dangerous and even fatal for people with underlying health conditions. Drinking ayahuasca tea while taking antidepressants has been proven to be fatal, as well.
DMHPInvented in 1949, DMHP (Dimethylheptylpyran) is a synthetic derivative of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Just two ten-thousandths of a gram of this drug is enough to incapacitate someone for up to 3 days. It’s so potent that the military investigated it as a possible chemical weapon. The worst of DMHP’s side effects are fainting, extreme muscle weakness, reduced motor control, and extremely low blood pressure, to the point of death. DMHP is a pale yellow oil that’s insoluble in water, but it is often dissolved in alcohol and other solvents. Alongside addiction, overdose and death are among the most common long-term effects of this drug.
Need Treatment for Drug Addiction?The bad news is that more dangerous and unique drugs will continue to surface in the future. Unregulated illicit drug labs are located around the world with the goal of creating and trafficking dangerous drugs with no regard for the consequences. The good news is that no matter what the drug of choice is, recovery is always possible. With timely intervention and effective addiction treatment, you can regain your sobriety and return to a healthier and happier lifestyle. With that said, Banyan Treatment Centers offers various levels of substance abuse treatment to help people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. From medical detox to inpatient care to telehealth services, each of our Banyan rehab locations provides communities across the nation with the care and tools they need to regain their health and lives. Our drug and alcohol treatment facilities can help you or a loved one overcome addiction. Call us today at 888-280-4763 to learn more about our Banyan drug treatment.
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