Name That Drug
|A Bald Head Hallucinogen
Imagine for a moment that you are out on a long walk in a forested park. The weather has yet to turn warm and sunny; the air is foggy and damp. The ground beneath you is a collection of loamy soil, fallen leaves, and pine needles. The underbrush is noticeably thick. As you traipse through the park, you happen upon a patch of ground where you find a bald head. The bald head is the subject of this month’s essay. Bald head is a Greek translation of the English name for this drug. The drug is a member of an eclectic category of drugs that is headlined by such notables as LSD and ecstasy. This drug drew the attention of Dr. Timothy Leary and several of his associates. It was a 1957 essay in Life Magazine that launched the career of this drug. It quickly drew the attention of mind expansionists and went on to become a widely abused substance. This drug remains a popularly abused drug; social media posts make it clear that this substance has a strong lobby of support young adults. A klatch of middle-aged men and women are loyal devotees to this drug as well.
This drug has been banned in most industrialized societies, although in recent years it has been looked to as a means for relieving chronic, intractable pain for people suffering from cancer and cluster-type headaches. This drug is not a narcotic however. The drug is not particularly toxic. There are no known overdose deaths associated with its use. The bald head contains indoles and tryptamines, chemicals that are responsible for the cascading effects that users experience while high. The active ingredients of
this plant are absorbed into the central nervous system where they interact with serotonin receptors and pyramidal neurons in the cerebral cortex. The effects of these interactions result in panoramic effects on a user’s sense of time and space. Additionally, users may find the drug to be a social lubricant, a means of facilitating personal interaction. In some scenes, this drug is a commonly encountered club drug, especially on the west coast of the United States. A very active black market for this drug exists on the Internet. Purveyors of this drug talk of varying potencies for wild strains of the bald head. Spores for highly concentrated bald head can command hundreds of dollars on the black market.
This drug is typically ingested by mouth, although in some circles smoking of dried plant material is preferred. The active ingredients are absorbed in the gut; within 30 to 45 minutes the effects of the drug are experienced. Individual differences in users can result in wildly unequal effects. In any given group of bald head users, some will be greatly intoxicated while others will remark that only the faintest of symptoms were experienced. Most users will experience a sharpening of tactile sensations. Colors and sounds will be enhanced, emboldened; they will sometimes experience extended euphoric effects from loud noise. In the club drug scene, bald head users will collect around stereo speakers and musical equipment. The pounding of the bass and the sharp notes of treble all cause a user to experience spikes in euphoria. On average, these effects last up to three hours. Tolerance to this drug develops rapidly. Users find that after 3-4 days of consistent use, the potency of a high will quickly degrade. Enthusiasts of this drug learn to space their consumption so that they maintain a 4- or 5-day interval between episodes.
For DAR trained personnel, the evaluation of a bald head user will result in the detection of classic hallucinogenic symptoms. Dilated pupils, elevated heart rate, increased blood pressure, fast internal clock, and gooseflesh (piloerection) will be prominent in someone under the influence. This drug is propounded to be an entheogen, a plant that is capable of bringing about a spiritual state of mind. In fact, this month’s drug has been widely included in a variety of mystical and spiritual adventures amongst the rich, the famous, and the infamous.
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