Saturday, February 7, 2015

Liza Researches the Poison of many names

Today, I research a poison of many names that comes from many sources and is present in many cures, witchcraft, confessions, and murders.

My favorite name is:

Burundanga

But you probably know by the name of:


Nightshade
Unless you're a pharmacist. Then you know it by the name of:
Scopolamine, hyoscine


The ingredient can be acquired from a great deal of different plants, including: 
The Nightshade family, starring Belladone (which had two potential poisons) henbane, jimson weed, angel's trumpet, and corkwood.

You can never have too many names when you wish to dodge accountability.

It presently has two approved medicinal uses: to prevent motion sickness and postoperative nausea. NASA, who has the greatest need in the world to quell motion sickness, has a nasal spray formula.

However, it's medicinal uses were further reaching historically. A German scientist isolated the chemical scopolamine in 1880. And there is some evidence the plants containing the drug were used all the way back to prehistoric times.

It's first formal medicinal use was as an antihistamine.  Then it moved to analgesics such as Demeral,

I know, that hardly sounds like a poison at all. But they use a very very very tiny amount in those drugs. From early 1900's to 1960 it was combined with morphine and oxycodone and given to birthing mothers to ease the birthing process. And let me add a serious worry here: Scopolamine can penetrate the fetus' womb. So in essence, you were giving your baby potentially lethal hallucinogens during labor.

Scopolamine appears to still be used in OTC medicines such as Tylenol PM, Nyquil, Sominex.

It's also had a long and dark history of use in Witchcraft. In slightly stronger doses, it can create the sensation you are flying. But those of you who wish to experience this, be warned. The hallucinations of Burundanga are dark and sinister and you will not enjoy your flight. And you will lose your choice of free will and do whatever you are told to do.



Later, when truth serem's was in fade, The Czech secret police used Scopolamine to attempt to force the truth from those they arrested. They stopped after 'undesirable side effects'. Does that mean the arrested died, or started flying around the room in the worst trip imaginable?  (Seriously, the Burundanga Trip was always bad. You'd be better off going with LSD if you wanted to trip).

But of course, some people did not use it to quell your motion sickness, or have really terrible hallucinations, or to force someone to tell the truth. Some used it as a means to 
Murder!
Generally speaking, there aren't many famous murders where hyosine was used.(I didn't want it's other name to feel left out.) However, if you watch the creepy video above you'll discover lots of people are dying by accidental poisoning while thieves and callgirls are trying to make some serious money.  

Macbeth claimed to use it to kill a bunch of Danes. (Pretty sure we aren't talking about the dogs here.) But then I have to challenge this claim if it's pulled from Shakespeare. Whoever wrote under the nom de plume of Shakespeare was an author. We make things up all the time. You can't rely on authors. 

But everything I've told you is true!

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