HIPSTERS are getting hooked on a disturbing new drug made from TOAD VENOM doled out at trendy parties by shamans.
The narcotic has long been ingested by licking the poisonous amphibian’s back but has now hit the streets in smokeable “dust” from.
The drugs comes from highly-toxic chemicals secreted by the Colorado River Toad[/caption]
It takes hold in five minutes, causing a powerful religious-experience-style trip lasting around an hour, say users.
Those foolish enough to have taken it have described their trips as like being as “one with God” or even left feeling “reborn.”
Once the venom – also called bufo alvarius – wears off users say they experience an afterglow, reports the New York Post.
However, medical experts say the drug can be highly dangerous.
What is the toxic Colorado River toad?
The Colorado River toad – also known as the Sonoran Desert toad – is found in Mexico and the southwestern US.
A highly-toxic chemical secreted by the amphibian causes short-term psychedelic experiences.
The liquid is extracted by “milking” the toad’s toxic venom glands then drying it out into a crumbly dry paste.
The presence of the hallucinogen 5-MeO-DMT in toad venom is significant.
This drug accounts for as much as 15 percent of the total volume of the toad venom.
Dogs that have attacked the toads are reportred to have suffered paralysis or even death.
“It’s such an intense experience that, in most cases, doing it at a party isn’t safe,” said Alan K. Davis of the Psychedelic Research Unit at John Hopkins University in Baltimore.
“It’s not a recreational drug. If people get dosed too high, they can ‘white out’ and disassociate from their mind and body.
“Anxiety can persist for days, and we’ve heard of people going to the emergency room.”
But that hasn’t stopped drug lovers in the US from seeking it out the drug, despite the threat of a 10-year prison sentence for possession.
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Users even hire foreign shamans – often from Mexico – to hand out the drug at bizarre ceremonies which cost hundreds of pounds to attend.
One user who attended one of the parties told the Post: “Some people moaned, cried or convulsed on their backs.
“Others started dancing, singing or chanting.”