Hallucinogenic drugs, animal studies and explosm

Written by: Captain Skellett // May 18th, 2010 // Drugs, Just for Fun

So I have had a really busy week in the lovely sunshine coast, and haven’t had a chance to track down the quality science content you know and love. Instead, I have comics of drugs.

WAIT!!! THIS IS SCIENCE! Because sometimes scientists give hallucinogenic drugs to animals to see what happens to them, and to find out how the drug works. Studying hallucinogens can give insights into how the mind works and manages itself.

There are a few famous cases of animal drug studies. The first is the spider web experiment, where spiders were given LSD, caffeine, cannabis or mescaline and the resulting webs were photographed. Another one is the elephant on acid, which happened in the 60’s (or 70’s) when LSD was new and being tried on EVERYTHING. They tried giving it to an elephant at about 400 times the human dose to see if it would go into musth, if it did it would prove LSD induced a kind of psychosis. The elephant didn’t go into musth, it actually died. And they were in a zoo and everything, not cool.

So here are the drug comics. Enjoy!

Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic
Cyanide & Happiness @ Explosm.net

Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic
Cyanide & Happiness @ Explosm.net

Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic
Cyanide & Happiness @ Explosm.net

Oh Cyanide and Happiness, how I love thee!

Captain Skellett

I be Captain Skellett. Me blog started in April 2009 when I was working full time and didn’t get a chance to talk science. Now I have changed jobs and talk science all the time, but that doesn’t stop me blogging. More About Captain Skellett   Google

   

3 Responses to “Hallucinogenic drugs, animal studies and explosm”

  1. J-bone says:

    The LSD one reminds me of a cartoon by a guy named Don Hertzfeldt (who incidentally, I attended undergrad with!) The way the characters are drawn is similar as well.

    I loves Don Hertzfeldt. Big fan.

  2. J-bone says:

    Well in that case, I’m assuming you’ve seen “Rejected” and “Ah, L’amour”, but if you haven’t you MUST.






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