I Tested Ancient Drugs on My Body, Including Salamander Brandy, Urine Tobacco Shots, And Soma, Then I Wrote A How-To Book On It
My name is Robert. I’m an editor at Cracked and over the last year I wrote a book tracking the early history of many my favorite vices. Here’s a brief list of weird drugs I tested on my own body:
A mixture of tobacco, garlic and my own urine, meant as a treatment for constipation.
The most likely recipe for the ancient Hindu drug Soma (magic, powerfully hallucinogenic and legal mushrooms)
The old Scythian method of smoking weed (via a giant tent)
The earliest coffee-related recipe, basically a ball of coffee cherries, grounds and clarified butter. It’s like an ancient power-bar.
A weird Greek hallucinogen that required a four day total fast beforehand.
Marijuana yoghurt shakes that wound up sending a friend of mine to the hospital, briefly.
And a bunch more! I also tested the theory that Stonehenge was built as a giant acoustic amplifier for rave-like prehistoric parties. I brought a Samba band to a scale reproduction of the original Henge in Maryhill, Washington and it was great. Generated an audible hum, like running your finger along the edge of an enormous stone wine glass.
I interviewed drug chemists, beer historians, medicinal sex workers, and even tracked down the truth about hallucinogenic Salamander Brandy in Slovenia (and made a batch of my own without murdering any Salamanders).
So that’s what I did. Ask me anything.
Here’s a link to my book; https://goo.gl/843JVP
And here’s a video on Cracked where I tested four of these drugs on my co-workers, with only some vomiting and a lot of tripping pretty hard.
And here's an excerpted version of the first chapter, on Esquire; http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/books/a47449/alcohol-science-history-vice-evans/
And here's me; https://s10.postimg.org/cwsprr0bd/Clipboard01.jpg