World's Scariest Drug: The Devil's Breath

World's Scariest Drug: The Devil's Breath

2012, Drugs  -   202 Comments
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While it is occasionally used recreationally for its hallucinogenic properties, the experiences are often extremely mentally and physically unpleasant, and frequently physically dangerous.

Ryan Duffy went to Colombia to check out a strange and powerful drug called Scopolamine, also known as "The Devil's Breath."

It's a substance so intense that it renders a person incapable of exercising free will.

The first few days in the country were a harrowing montage of freaked-out dealers and unimaginable horror stories about Scopolamine.

After meeting only a few people with firsthand experience, the story took a far darker turn than we ever could have imagined.

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stuart macleod-hogan
8 months ago

bloody awful video....crap

TDT
4 years ago

Thank you so much for such great documentary!! WOW. I love what that former gangster did to those criminal scumbags. And thank you for taking charge. "devil's breath" is most definitely the proper label for it, except that it's not graphic enough for how EVIL that feces is.
I love how in the end they threw that garbage in the flusher but somehow deemed "fit" to keep the paper it was wrapped in as if they were planning to sniff it or something??. ...I see.....
Again, thank you for the information.

aeyeaws
6 years ago

governments use it to torture people and get then to kil themselves

aeyeaws
6 years ago

you boys never seen scopalamine od.

Tim Varela
6 years ago

Something that is not reported I want all to know.

I was drugged by this Devils Breath drug by a woman I thought I loved and married. I was drugged for almost three years during the period we were waiting for a visa. After a year some of my memories started coming back in nightmares. Every she was doing in front of me, it was coming back as though it just happened, within 3 years thereafter my heart rate dropped to 29 beats a minute, the doctors could not figure out why, but put a pacemaker in me, 3 years later now and I am having a hard time breathing and the doctors did all sorts of tests. My pacemaker is running at 100% in both my lower chambers and 30% in my upper chambers. My heart is dying. The doctor stated tests reveal that my heart is pumping at 35% of what it should be. This drug is a slow death that can be used and covered since heart disease, heart attacks are so common. Her family live here in the U.S., and Colombian woman are drugging men in the U.S., it takes time to remember, but you have no proof till you are dying to prove what happened. At this rate I anticipate my heart to fail completely within the next year.

Mekrob
6 years ago

The subtitles even spell Colombia incorrectly. That's a good sign of quality.

Kev
6 years ago

I don't agree with the ugly and fearful portrayal of Colombia in this short film. I spent almost a year in Colombia (2007), working and traveling by motorcycle. I'm still impressed by the kindness, hospitality and generosity of people I met throughout the country. The film should have focused on testimonials about the drug. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that alkaloids from this plant family (Solanaceae) have been widely used medicinally for a very long time.

Fire
6 years ago

I forgot to mention, I have never done drugs, but it happened to me in a food, drink...? Trust your instincts, if something doesn't feel right, then it's prob not.

Fire
6 years ago

I get that its cool to want to do recreational drugs for fun. I was always to scared too and it just wasn't me. But, please, listen to me. I have had the unfortunate experience of being laced with some kind of drug more than once. It's gotten serious, to the point, I can't speak, can't breathe, dizzy and thought it was anxiety, but I know when something is not right. Trust your instincts, today's world is scary, with all the technology. Please take what you have to that's prescribed by your Dr. Life is too precious, to take something for fun for one night and wake up In serious need for medical assistance. I'm old, but I hope at least somebody will listen to me. life is hard and rough, but if you make it through the roughest time on your own, there isn't anything you can't do or accomplish in your life!!
Trust me, love Jenifire

marcusmann
7 years ago

Hyoscine hydrobromide (Scopolamine) my friends is available in the US as an over the counter med for MOTION SICKNESS. (Use Google for crying out loud) Its available as a patch or tab.

Bob
7 years ago

This "documentary" is full of misinformation as are most of the comments on it. One thing they did get right is that it's not a particularly fun experience, about as amusing as a fever dream.

6862b12
7 years ago

What is more frightening than this? To me, maybe the fact that I see news headlines that hold stories of horror beyond belief, and watch people on a daily basis ANYWHERE out here doing sick demented things to others WITHOUT BEING ON ANYTHING AT ALL... Drugs push the body across the minds threshold in a person who has natural inhibitions. But guess what? I'm seeing people who just naturally haven't a inhibition in the world.

TheOne
7 years ago

Wow tink. Talk about a poorly constructed explaination. How can someone be sane after thousands of hits of any drug? It is a foreign chemical which is not made to be put in your body. Again, it is chemicals! The human brain is not made to interact for foreign substances. Plain and simple STAY AWAY FROM ANY DRUG!

TheOne
7 years ago

Like what Simon Rule? Give us all one example?

marcusmann
8 years ago

Hmpf...what a load of sensationalism. Scopolamine is a prescription drug available in many forms from patch to pill, primarily used to treat Parkinsons and motion sickness.

rhobere
10 years ago

Can I ask why you went to Columbia to profile a plant that grows wild in Texas? I never had the cahones to try it, but it was sure as hell growing behind my house when I was in high school.

10 years ago

Can someone tell me where to purchase this in 10 gallon drums. I wish to start the Zombie Apocalypse now.

Guest
10 years ago

I kinda like Datura :)
Sure, it's absolutely horrible physically and you are not always sure the people you are talking to are real or are you even awake. Yet it is one of the most beautiful and fun things I know. You really have to know how to do it right, keep it safe and retain control. Stay home, avoid all people and communication devices and not overdo it.

Don Casey
10 years ago

this drug kills presidents

marmit
10 years ago

Is this a naturally occuring drug or is it like Meth? Either way, I'm out!

Sherylanne Mackie-Kitch
11 years ago

I wonder if scoplamine was used on James Holmes, by the government, to commit the Colorado shooting?

vaibhav vaidya
11 years ago

this plant grows all over india there is one of these things in an empty plot near my house

11 years ago

this stuff is good for my bowels. I take it as daily enemas!

11 years ago

I take this every night before bed time, it really helps me sleep.

11 years ago

what a fool.

isatou1
11 years ago

slightly confused. did the guys filming the documentary ever take any drugs at all..... and to be honest this documentary doesnt teach you anything you didnt know, and that is that Columbia is a pretty ****** up country with loads of drugs!!!!!!!!!!!!

Derick Beckman
11 years ago

Jacobs Ladder was a movie about BZ. scoplamine testing on American troops in Viatnam

MS
11 years ago

Wow, that s*** more scary then bathsalts. Do you got a documetary on that?

11 years ago

this thing really scares me. I know it was difficult but I hoped they caught some one drugged on tape..

ME
11 years ago

This is scary!

ME
11 years ago

Very Interesting and educational! Thnx!

11 years ago

Does anyone remember in Robocop 2 when Cane and the scientist are discussing the newest batch of "Nuke", and he says "benzine is making my teeth wiggle . . cut it with . . 2mg . . scopolamine" . . or something like that.

Don't know why I just remembered that. What a movie!! "Nuke"!! Classic!!
LMAO!!

Mr.Joshua
11 years ago

Wow if you can't trust your druggy dealer who can you trust? This thing sounds absolutely bogus

11 years ago

Here's a little tidbit of information for y'all. From around 1915 until the 1970's a combination of scopolamine and morphine were injected into women in labor. It was called twilight sleep. The women were given this injection, tied to the bed, blindfolded and left all alone until they had progressed enough to deliver.

11 years ago

Jimson weed, datura, scopolamine and such should be considered the least popular of all the drugs of choice. Because, depending on dose, they are either unpleasant, horrifying or induce total amnesia (so you can't tell whether you had fun or not). This can't be good for your brain.

Witches in Latin America used to use seeds of the Angel's Trumpet on unsuspecting victims, for a fee. I knew one such victim, who described it thusly: a month of nightmares from which you can't wake up. Total unreality. Really scary.

There is only one advantage I can think of. While no fun to ingest it yourself, a datura trip can be very amusing if you're not stoned and are watching someone who is. They can do some very bizarre imaginary stuff... with invisible props. Like finding lost cupcakes on a floor and stuffing them into an invisible bag.

Don't encourage this kind of behavior if you keep firearms in the house.

Lary9
11 years ago

In 1970, in college, I ate something called "mushrooms" (psilocybin not peyote) and regained awareness later while eating my toothbrush (which I'd thought was a SlimJim) and having the most absurd conversation with an ***hole at some imaginary bar (my reflection in the mirror). Needless to say, I have never repeated that horrifying experience.

Mak
11 years ago

same think happens in pakistan, someone takes a taxi driver on a trip, when he drops them of they offer the driver a drink they (traditional hospitality in the east) go into a shop and get a sealed carton of juice, the driver drinks it and the rest is history.

I have spoken to doctors and people in the medical profession in western country's they say the same people do sometimes die from its effects.

like the prostitute b**** was saying how she killed that old lady and walked over her body whit her household goods, she should be hanged.

Good on the Don for getting even for his mates life. done well killing the bastards.

nice documentary something not along the history channel, not mainstream, crazy crackhead was shaking the hole tree down waiting for seeds to come down.

the CIA, Mossad Ect must use this thing to think on the contrary is absurd.
put it into peoples water supply in small doses and brain wash them into suggesting certain things in the media.
ever wonder how a certain party or manifesto comes into overhaul support when absolutely no claims to have voted for them.

11 years ago

All I have to say is Ibogaine! No it is not a drug and yes it does save lives and yes it does take work but takes an addict through detox and restores them emotionally and mentally to the pre-addictive state mentally. No its not a silver bullet for everyonebut has worked better than any other form of detox and reset that ever been out their on the open market....People use Ibogaine to detox of Subuxone and Methadone thats legal opiate maintenance meds....Look to nature because there is a solution, just hidden

alternate email
11 years ago

that is mind blowing, kinda scary at the same time

11 years ago

Wow that stuff is nuts... I'm planning on visiting columbia soon so good to know how to try to avoid it.

fog666
11 years ago

Its just datura us in new zealand take it all the time

11 years ago

Loved the documentary. It makes us aware of what we are dealing with in this world.

11 years ago

I like Vice, but this was a giant waste of time. Total douche-baggery.

Ruth Avi
11 years ago

Isn't scopolamine, in small doses, used as an anti-nausea drug for motion sickness?

11 years ago

Read a book about historical zombism in Haiti. Datura is one of the ingredients in zombi potions. Didn't realize it grows worldwide though!

11 years ago

And for the love of Jeebus..."Krokodil" is a form of morphine! Its the crap they homebrew it with that does that shit to your skin! Read up and stop being so goddamn gullible already

Frances Corniel
11 years ago

doc was not watchable, it did not flow and did not "feel" like a documentary.

~docjunkie

Gen_Grant00
11 years ago

I think the fellas at vice might have been led on by that crazy crackhead this time. Nothing compared to their much better docs. Vice guide to Liberia is one of my favorites. Im glad he decided not to try that crap. Only god know what that stuff was. Don't ever trust a crack head.

11 years ago

give me a break...datura grows everywhere...my buddy grows it and eats the seeds here in BC....very old news. Funny how they concentrated entirely on this turn-into-a-zombie-crap and totally bypassed the hallucinogen effect etc.
usually Vice docs are good...but this is silly. Hope the flour you flushed down the toilet was worth all those pesos x_x

11 years ago

After watching this, I Google'd published research articles in different science journals on any related effect (ex. ability to cause amnesia, loss of cognitive ability, etc.) of scopolamine I can find. Well, all I can say is that the claims in the video has been supported by papers I found. The point issue now is how us humans uses this and other drugs that exhibits similar effect. The Columbian society as shown above utilizes it in an exploitative way. For the sake of mankind, I hope that it would only be used for beneficial therapeutic use that it has.