Bonker’s Institute shows us old pharmaceuticals

Like tonics with heroin, cocaine and THC.

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Author/Editor Beyond Meds: Everything Matters

14 Responses

  1. Doe

    Oh my god…this is priceless! Thanks so much for posting this…I sure would love to find one of these bottles buried in my back yard!


  2. Sara

    Those were going to be my words precisely — absolutely priceless. Loved seeing this. You get some great stuff on here and such variety!


  3. Forgot to tell you yesterday that I enjoyed this post. I spent a bit of time looking at them.
    I knew that cocaine had been in coke….hence it’s name.
    Some people think marijuana should be allowed back as medicine.


  4. G,

    Those Eli Lilly geniune placebo pills are suppose to have worked every bit as well as the real thing.

    They still work today – without all the side effects!!!

    (the only downside is that if you toss out a third of the clinical data, the real ones work much better)



  5. G,

    Have heard and read that marijuana can really mess with people who are ‘bipolar’ – really mess up their thinking….
    and, such things as paranoia are not uncommon….

    I suppose it depends on each person – like any herb, supplement, amino acid – guess we are all different.



  6. Sloopy Cowbell

    Over the last few weeks there has been a huge debate in Britain over the safety of cannabis, and whether its use can precipitate a psychotic episode.

    Narcotics are categorised here into three legal groups: A, B and C.

    Group A drugs include heroin and coke, etc.

    Group B include the amphetamines,

    Group C is typically for drugs that are legal to own in small quantities for personal use, such as anabolic steroids.

    A while back, the government declassified cannabis from Group B to Group C.

    This was taken as a indication by many that the drug is safe.

    There was a backlash with some medics claiming that the Government had erred and that cannabis can trigger or aggravate a psychotic disorder. I personally don’t doubt.

    It’s very disturbing to watch someone become acutely psychotic from smoking dope, and the psychosis long outlives the psychotropic effects of the cannabis.

    One of the arguments that the British Government used to re-classify cannabis back from Group C to Group B was that the drug is much stronger these days than it used to be.

    Hybrid strains of the plant – the so called ‘skunk’ weeds – have been developed by professional horticulturists. Much of the cultivation now takes place in so-called cannabis factories in Britain, with artificial illumination and heating for optimum growth and maximum strength.

    I have heard a claim from some medics that a naturally occurring strain of the cannabis plant normally contains chemicals which counterbalance each other.

    In the naturally found plant strains, the effects of the psychoactive compound in cannabis which can trigger psychosis – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – are typically balanced by the presence of an anti-psychotic compound, cannabidiol.

    Researchers claim that cannabidiol offers promise for use in the treatment of psychosis.


  7. Sloopy Cowbell

    I should add…

    The hybrid super-strength ‘skunk’ weeds have much higher THC levels (upwards of 20%) and very low levels of the corresponding ‘anti-psychotic’ cannabidiol compounds.

    Researchers claim that this chemical imbalance makes the smoking of skunk weeds much more likely to trigger a psychotic disturbance.


  8. Sloopy Cowbell

    There are two issues rolled into one here.

    There is a libertarian argument for decriminalising cannabis, and then there is a medical case. The latter should be based on an efficacy vs safety test for the individual.

    Exactly why is cannabis illegal in much of the world? As I see it, its criminalisation is a protectionist policy, implemented by those who gain financially from keeping the drug illegal.

    Much of the drug trade is run and managed by Western intelligence agencies. These agencies are controlled by the highest levels of the international financier oligarchy.

    If dope were decriminalised, as we should expect it to be in a laissez-faire free market economy, then its price would plummet, and narco-profits would slump..

    And that would never do for those who reap so much from the drug trade.

    The Opium Wars never ended.


  9. Sloopy Cowbell

    Too true. I’m all for complete decriminalization – in fact, full legalization. No restrictions whatsoever on possession, sale, or supply.

    And no “licensing” of brown cafes as there is in the Netherlands, and no Government taxation on narcotics. Tax only encourages black market trafficking, which is what has happened with tobacco in mega-tax Britain.

    If Government has any role in the trade of narcotics then it is as a testing agency, assuring that the quality and purity of street drugs meet certain standards.

    There is a quack’s prescribing bible in Britain known as the British National Formulary (BNF). Every doctor has a copy on his/her desk. Some doctors even consult it!

    In the BNF is given the price the NHS pays BigPharma for every pharmaceutical product.

    Last time I looked, a shot of diamorphine HCl, medical heroin, cost just 2p (four US cents) – one of the cheapest drugs in the whole BNF.

    How nonsensical that junkies are committing huge amounts of crime for a substance that costs the Government just four cents to buy.

    Every junkie in Britain could be given maintenance heroin for life for the cost of a yearly salary of one drug squad cop.


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