World’s Scariest Drug (Documentary Exclusive)

World’s Scariest Drug (Documentary Exclusive)


[INTRO PLAYING] RYAN DUFFY: Welcome to
Bogota, Colombia. We’re here chasing after the
most dangerous drug in the world, burundanga. Burundanga is the source of
scopolamine, which is basically like the worst roofie
you can ever imagine times a million. You’re at the whim of
suggestions like, hey, take me to your ATM. Hey, come with me to
the hotel room– while you’re completely
conscious and articulate. Apparently there is a lot of
different parts of the plant that are a bit dangerous,
possibly a bit fun, depending on what you’re into. So we’re going to be looking
for the tree, talking to people who’ve had experience
with it, and seeing if we can find some of the actual
drug ourselves. [MUSIC PLAYING] RYAN DUFFY: So the deal with
burundanga is that it pretty much eliminates your
free will. So you’re awake and
you’re articulate. And to anyone else watching
you, it seems like you’re perfectly fine. But you’ve completely lost
control of your own actions. So you’re at the whim
of suggestions. And that’s how people take
advantage of you. I’ve heard a bunch of different
stories really running the gamut. Some of them sound like campfire
horror stories you’re told when you’re growing up. Stuff like, waking up in a
bathtub with an organ cut out and a sign saying, you
have five hours to get to the hospital. We’ve of course also heard
that it’s used as a date rape drug. We heard one particularly
chilling story where a guy was taken back to his apartment,
woke up the next morning in an empty apartment completely
confused as to what happened. Went down and said to his door
man, you know, why is my apartment empty? What happened? The doorman said, well, you
brought it out with two of your friends last night. All your stuff, you loaded
it into a van. And the guy was like, why
in the hell would you let me do that? And he was like, because
you told me to. So that’s kind of the stuff
we’re dealing with here, complete elimination of free
will while still acting which is pretty much the scariest
shit I can imagine. [PLAYING MUSIC] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] RYAN DUFFY: Columbia’s
basically fucked. They had the longest running
guerrilla war in all of Latin America. They’ve essentially been at
civil war for 60 years. And really if you think about
it, they’ve never not been at war since they gained their
own independence. Other fun facts about Colombia,
definitely not from the Board of Tourism, include
the fact that one in every three kidnappings in the world
happen right here in Colombia. And as we all know,
it’s the cocaine capital of the universe. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] RYAN DUFFY: Now the borrachero
tree, which by the way roughly translates to drunken binge
tree, is indigenous to the Northern Andean region. That includes Colombia, and
Ecuador, Venezuela. But the scopolamine is really
only used by the criminal element here in Colombia. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] RYAN DUFFY: So despite the
insane homicide rates, the kidnapping, the narco
trafficking, the civil unrest, and everything else going on in
here in Columbia, we can’t seem to find a Colombian who’s
more scared of anything than falling asleep under the
borrachero tree. [MUSIC PLAYING IN FOREIGN
LANGUAGE] RYAN DUFFY: So far I’m
really into Columbia. I showed up. Beautiful women ordered
me dinner. And it’s fantastic. And they ordered a bottle
of whiskey to the table. I might not go back. [MUSIC PLAYING] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] RYAN DUFFY: So it’s not
something that is popularly done down here then? RYAN DUFFY: Really? Not at all? [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] RYAN DUFFY: Do you know people
that have been given burundanga? Do you have a cousin of
a friend of a cousin? [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] RYAN DUFFY: We’re here at the
Botanical Gardens on the outskirts of Bogota. We’re going to go see if we can
figure out what this plant actually looks like. [MUSIC PLAYING] RYAN DUFFY: Those right there
are the flowers that we’ve heard a lot about. And you can kind of put those
in a tea and you’ll hallucinate. You can also take the root down
there, put that in a tea. And again, you’ll hallucinate. And then there’s the cacao,
which kind of looks like the mini coconut of sorts. That has the seeds inside. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] RYAN DUFFY: They actually just
crack the thing right there. And then this is where
the seeds are. I mean, that’s where everything
comes from, right? SANTIAGO STELLEY: Yeah. That’s what they use to actually
make the scopolamine. RYAN DUFFY: You’re
in business. The most dangerous drug
in Colombia and arguably the world. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] RYAN DUFFY: The coke, at the end
of the day, I mean, with its obvious pitfalls and
dangers, is recreational. SANTIAGO STELLEY: Yeah. RYAN DUFFY: Whereas there’s
nothing at all recreational about what can be
made with this. It’s a distinctly criminal
element. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] RYAN DUFFY: The irony of sorts
is that it’s beautiful. It’s a very nice plant. And smells very nicely. I’m enjoying this right now. SANTIAGO STELLEY: Seems quite
Colombian all-in-all, very beautiful and very dangerous. RYAN DUFFY: This is pretty
much the symbol of Columbia isn’t it? If you didn’t know what you were
looking for, you’d walk right by and go, that’s
a pretty flower. Maybe I’ll pick it and
give it to my mom. But that would be
a real bad idea. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] RYAN DUFFY: So now we’re
here at the National University of Columbia. And we’re going to go talk to
Dr. Miriam Gutierez who heads up the toxicology department
here and apparently is an expert on scopolamine. We’re going to try and chat
with her a bit about what actually happens when someone’s
exposed to the drug. And try and figure out what
this whole zombie thing really means. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [MUSIC PLAYING] RYAN DUFFY: Scopolamine is by
no means a modern revelation here in Columbia. The indigenous people in this
area have had a whole bunch of uses for the drug. For example, when a chieftain
died, all his assorted females, wives, mistresses,
what have you, they had to go as well. Now that could be a bit
of a dicey process. But what better way to shore
things up than to slip them some scopolamine and suggest
they walk into a grave. When they did, they
were buried alive. In modern times, there’s a
whole litany of fucked-up people who’ve been using
scopolamine for their benefit. For example, in the 1930s and
’40s, Josef Mengele had the drug imported from Columbia to
Germany to use in some of his interrogations. More recently, the CIA tried
to use the drug in the ’60s during the Cold War as sort
of a truth serum. The problem with all of this is
that in addition to a whole lot of truth, there’s a good bit
of hallucination involved. We’re in a cab right now heading
over to the southern part of the city. We’re going to meet with
officials at the Bogota City Police Department. What we’re hoping to figure out
is a little bit more about how the burundanga gangs work. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [MUSIC PLAYING IN FOREIGN
LANGUAGE] RYAN DUFFY: So it seems like a
lot of the worst scopolamine stories that we’ve heard
start and end at places just like this. And the next thing we’re able to
get from someone is, I woke up on a park bench day and a
half later, without my clothes on, without any money,
whatever it is. This drug has always been kind
of inextricably linked to sex in some way or another. From its earliest uses, to
eliminating a lingering mistresses, to fallen
chieftains, to its eventual use in easing the pain of
childbirth, to the stories we’re hearing on the streets
today about prostitutes giving it to unsuspecting johns, or
about men turning women into prostitutes by suggesting they
go and earn some cash. It always seems to come back to
sex in one way or another. And it always seems to start
at places like this. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [MUSIC PLAYING] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] RYAN DUFFY: So, so far we’ve
heard a lot of stories about burundanga. But we’d like to get a
little bit closer. So we’ve asked some of our
Colombian friends to put us in touch with someone who has an
experience with burundanga. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] RYAN DUFFY: No idea. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [MUSIC PLAYING] [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [MUSIC PLAYING] RYAN DUFFY: Oh, my God. That better be the scariest
drug I ever see in person. RYAN DUFFY: Don’t let go
of that fucking thing. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] [MUSIC PLAYING] SANTIAGO STELLEY: Are
we done with it? RYAN DUFFY: I’m fucking
over it, dude. After all this– SANTIAGO STELLEY:
Into the sewers? RYAN DUFFY: Anywhere but here. Not bummed to see it go, I’ll
tell you that much. Like when I first got here I
was super interested in it. And it was like this
novelty thing. I’ve heard enough stories,
man, that I’m just not fucking into that. It’s not funny at all. FEMALE SPEAKER: Make sure you
throw away those gloves before you put them around anywhere.

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67 Replies to “World’s Scariest Drug (Documentary Exclusive)”

  1. España esta abarrotada de esas plantas de escolapinas se utiliza ornamentalmente en parques, jardines, setos y tiene como unas campanillas color rosa
    probablemente no sea esa variedad tan potente
    ( lo mismo pasa con el opio,hai de distintas clases)
    y no es ninguna broma

  2. Who remembers Robocop 2 when Kane the Nuke dealer was making blue velvet nuke n he says to his chemist "Fraaaank….its got my teeth wiggling…..cut it with….SCOPALOMINE….10mil….per!" Idk why i thought of that.

  3. I don't think that the first scene has been recorded in Bogotá. And if it was, Bogotá is not a jungle. I'm from Bogotá. The drug may be called burundanga or escopolamina. Is used to rob people.

  4. The dude in the van that scored for them was super happy and reminded me of a dude I used to know. He would get all giddy like that when we went and scored some boy aka heroin. I go to the methadone clinic now for like 3 or 4 years I haven't touched heroin.

  5. Columbia sounds like a blast! Between donkey fucking, this drug, war, poverty, and countless other things I can’t imagine why tourism isn’t through the roof!!

  6. 18:45 Youre in Columbia at some police station being told that scopolamine is put into drinks and that's how they get you. The official "official" then hands you a glass of water served on a plate and you drink it like your'e Marco Rubio.

  7. OMG when I I was a kid I was about to pluck this flower to play and my mother warn me not to go near that flower and told it has poison. From that day till now I don't go near that flower. But after watching this video I came to know this flower can make a dangerous drug. 🤪

  8. this is so fake. Even scopolamine its use in transdermal patch for motion sickness and it takes hours to be absorbed. This is little exagerated

  9. Give someone a couple Xanx and they won't remember shit either😂 trust me I had 2 friends steal a car and drive it around town all night on q flat tire….the car eventually caught fire and burnt to the ground. Both friends woke up next morning in jail. 😂 neither one knew wtf they had done till we showed them everything. Sad
    Sad situation with the drug use. It ruins many lives.

  10. So you know what's going to happen so why even though I didn't get that shouldn't get started with it if it's that bad you already know where it's going to go in fact that's probably why you're going over there cuz she do know-# what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive

  11. I give credit to these guys. They interviewed some of the hardest, rawest, scariest people, to get a hold of the scariest drug in the world. They deserve awards on top of awards for always putting their lives in DIRECT danger. Even handling that stuff is a testimony about how up close they actually get to real danger.

  12. A lot of this is misinformation and urban legend. It is super exaggerated and doesn't make you empty your bank accounts or anything. It works similar to Xanax and alcohol with memory loss. Don't believe everything you watch.

  13. this is so inaccurate it covers nothing about the action workings of scopolamine i have some rn and can say that it might be a problem for colombia but literally nowhere else. the closest place you will find it is a datura tree in a old hippies backyard or presription sea sickness tablets

  14. Logan Crowe of Seymour Tennessee was a needle junkie who enjoyed shooting up in the Hospital parking lot for fun he will be sorely missed

  15. Nah

    This shit ain't scary

    The scariest is

    tobacco

    Even if you know it's dangerous, you still use it.
    That's the scariest, it has already taken over human society ages ago, that we no longer view it as danger.

  16. It would be interesting to know if scopolamine also works so strong, that if you give it to someone, and give him a gun and tell him to blow his brains out, so it looks like suicide, that he gladly would do it with no hesitation…?

  17. Hello TO ALL OF YOU: Unfortunately, your testimony is false.:

    "Claims that hyoscine is commonly used in crime have been described as "exaggerated" or even implausible.[47] Powdered hyoscine, in a form referred to as 'Devil's breath' does not 'brainwash' or control people into being defrauded by their attackers but these alleged effects are most likely urban legends.[48] Nevertheless, the drug is known to produce loss of memory following exposure and sleepiness, similar to the effect of benzodiazepines or alcohol poisoning."

    Taken from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyoscine#Overdose

    THE DRUG IS ACTUALLY HARMLESS compared to alcohol and benzodiapines.

  18. It’d probably be near impossible to act or appear sober, anticholinergenics are one of the most intense trips imaginable. Could you rob someone without them realizing, yes. Will they act sober instead of dancing around in a nightmarish, fever-dream like trip, probably not.

  19. This chemical would easily of been used thousands of times by the evil elites to blackmail and entice new members of their satanic cult to give up information on who they are and what they know.

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