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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

And Then?

A pretty harmless-looking flower, wouldn't you say? Looks like a morning glory. You are looking at, perhaps the most sinister plant in existence. It produces a psychotropic mind-altering drug, Scopolamine, commonly known as "Devil's Breath. 

I was drawn toward psychiatry and mind-exploring when I was quite young. Mind control was a popular theme for b/w espionage movies of the 40's and 50's because it had been used through-out WW2 and later, the cold war. Germany, Russia and the CIA favored Scopolamine to carry out kidnapping, assassinations and suicides because it left no recognizable traces of foul play. It's so easy to administer without the victim knowing and here is the reason for the drug's popularity; the victim can receive a command to carry out a dastardly act and when (or if) he awakens, he has absolutely no memory of what he did from the time the drug was given. Usually the victim is not aware the drug is being administered because it can be a fine powder blown on him.

I became intrigued with this drug's ability to enslave. My quest for information continued, when at age 17, I entered psychiatric nurses training for hands-on and classroom studies at a psych hospital. Chemical drugs were just beginning to be popular but many of the plant-based drugs had been in use for a long, long time. I wish I had a buck for every electro or insulin shock treatment I helped administer as they became popular. We received excellent training at the time but now treatments are highly advanced and my training would be terribly archaic.

Scopolamine, from the Borrachero tree, is indigenous to Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador, with Colombia leading in it's use for evil. A crook can wave a piece of scopolamine-laced paper in front of a victim's face and he's hooked. Without any resistance, the victim will give up money, and all his possessions. Easy pick'ns for a crook, huh? It was a handy tool for the KGB and CIA to administer with a fluff of the hand under the nose of an already declared mentally disturbed person, give the order to assassinate and then commit suicide. (Get it??? Go shoot a certain group of people and then shoot yourself.  Why???  You know the answer and if you do't, I have an armful of Rolex watches to sell you).

I see skepticism on the faces of the snoozers if I mention this. Because of my age, they assume I am the demented one. OK..... go back to sleep and snooze on. 

This drug appears to be kept quiet (almost secret) today. There was more written information about it when I was young because we didn't have TV or internet and reporting by the press was more open.  There is so much more to be said about the scary plant and if you're interested, there is a rather long but interesting fact-filled video following. You can view it below or the link is HERE. Adios Amigos 

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30 comments:

  1. Very Scary Stuff Manzi! For some reason, I couldn't hear what was said on the video... I heard the music but no words. I even tried to listen to it on the YouTube page....

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  2. Sounds like it might have been the drug used in the Manchurian Candidate. Yikes, this is scary
    karen

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  3. I love how plants just are and it's only humans who mess with them for their own dubious ends!!Humans totally scare me! Take care
    x

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  4. Damn that is scary what it can do, never knew such a plant even existed. Humans always find a way to use things to their advantage and it is usually never good.

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  5. Terry, I get the audio OK. Let's wait and see if anyone else has any problem.

    Karen : Could be. This plant was what many of the old movies referred to back in the 40's, 50's and I guess by the time the 60's got around, the movies were all in that first fakey color and were musicals.

    Old Kitty : Way back, some of my doctors worked with it in small doses to try to cure schizophrenia. to make them forget the bad impulses. The shock treatments were used for the same.But mostly, it always gets into the hands of the evil.

    Pat Hatt : You and most of the world. Like I said, it's difficult for me to talk about it because of my age, people think I'm senile or just plain wackko.

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  6. Yes, I know of this drug. It is scary stuff!

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  7. Wow, I thought you were yanking my chain.
    That is very interesting.

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  8. That is one of the most interesting posts I have ever read. Scary, but way fascinating. I can think of several instances where this drug could have been used (and, as you alluded, so can you).

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  9. I immediately thought of the Manchurian Candidate too! There are so many opportunities for abuse of power with the excuse that the end justifies the means - and ignorance is the perfect means of getting away with it.

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  10. JJ : I'm glad you are familiar with scopolamine. Then you know I'm a truther.

    Life 101 : You know I wouldn't yank your chain. Well maybe..... Ha ha ha


    Optimistic Existentialist :If you can't judge a book by it's cover, I guess that goes for flowers, too.


    Al : Thanks I surely wasn't concerned with you as snoozing. You know what the score is.

    Red :You said it perfectly. We are both too busy to pay much attention
    to what is going on in each others country but "getting away with it" seems to be the name of the game with those in charge of the coffers.

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  11. This is some freaky stuff. I have heard about it and mainly on the CSI shows over the years. I too immediately thought of the Manchurian Candidate while reading this. Fascinating post.

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  12. You got me so curious about this I looked it up! This world is full of some amazing stuff.

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  13. P.S. Since we're always visiting each other's blog I figured I would ask if I can follow your blog :)

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  14. I'd heard of it a long time ago and it immediately rang a bell, but I had no idea, how could something like this just not be talked about anymore?

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  15. Hi Manzanita,

    I thought I knew a lot about drugs, but this one was something new on me. I think I would be very wary visiting certain establishments in Columbia.

    I thought peyote was pretty wild stuff. Well, that's what I've been told by those who survived it...

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  16. Chuck : Manchurian Candidate is fairly old too, if I recall, because Angela Lansbury looked quite young yet. I was always a movie buff and I recall that so many of the movies after WW2 dealt with this very thing, used usually by the CIA or Russia. Those were the days when "communists" were hiding under our beds, unlike "terrorists" of today. I guess words can be different but have the same meaning.

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  17. Galen : I like it when people look things up for themselves. I just like to plant a seed. Yes, things are pretty amazing.

    Optimistic existentialist : Of course, that would be a nice exchange. To tell the truth, I thought we already were exchanged followers.

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  18. Bio Toxin : It is talked about a little on You Tube but mostly by people who tried using it for a recreational drug and the adverse effects they had. Thank you for stopping by.

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  19. Wow, fascinating stuff. I'd never heard of this plant before, but I'll have to file this info away for future reference. It'd be a cool tool to use in a book.

    I didn't realize you'd worked as a psych nurse. If you haven't already read it, you might enjoy the book "The Tell-Tale Brain- A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Make Us Human" by V.S. Ramachandran. It describes some of the research he's conducted and gives some pretty startling info about how the brain works.

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  20. Klahanie : It's pretty deadly as a recreational drug. Often people who have tried it for this suffer sever side effects for month or life. It used to be used as a truth serum and administered by trained people.

    River : It's the people who use it for evil are the ones who scare the heck out of me.

    Susan : Long time ago, about a hundred years ago, I had a book on deadly poisons for writers. I don't think I tossed it this summer. I'll try to find it and see if they name Devil's Breath.

    I never heard of the "Tell-tale Brain" but I'll sure look it up. Thanks

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  21. I think scopolamine is also used to treat motion sickness, but I'm not sure of that.

    Happy Weekend!

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  22. Carol : Could be. Scopolamine is useful if used by a trained person. It gets dangerous and brings on side effects when it's used by crooks who give the wrong dosage.

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  23. This was a pretty scary post, but it for sure gets your attention. I don't want to watch the video, instead, I'll look it up and read more about it. Happy New Year.

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  24. Inga, : Thanks for stopping by. I hope your New Year is off to a roaring start.

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  25. Good grief! I only know this as scopolamine patches that you use for motion sickness. I had no idea there was another sort of scopolamine. This is so scary!

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  26. Hi Manzanita .. this does sound a particularly nasty plant - and I'd no idea about any of this - fascinating .. though can't say I'm that happy about this knowledge!

    Scary world out there ... I just hope we can all have a normal 2013!! Cheers Hilary

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  27. Kay : The plant can be beneficial when used in regulated doses but crooks and addicts know nothing about how to use it.

    Hilary : I think there are a lot of plants that could harmful if we didn't know how to use them.
    I'm with you and hail to a good 2013

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