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.

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

  1. The prostitute openly said that we use his drug to rob ppl on this video without hiding her face n lvoice and didn't get into any trouble!

  2. …they did that guy dirty his face is barely blured at some places. I could figure out who that mf was if I knew him.

  3. WTF we have that plant growing everywhere in Malaysia, even in my backyard because the flower smells pleasant, almost like vanilla and it’s beautiful to look at. Anyone have any ideas on how it is processed, for educational purposes that is !

  4. There's a lot of great stories here, but I wish they educated more about it. He mentioned it's a tree you find everywhere over there, that makes it even scarier that we still don't know how easy or difficult it is for people to process it until it can be used to drug people. Also when they went to the institute or something I was hoping they tell us more of how it works and all. He says you can make it into a tea. If it's that accessible and that easy to use and that dangerous I find it hard to believe that they hadn't taken drastic measures.

  5. "The victim do not recall anything". Victims are telling us every detail of their stories. There must be something broken here.

  6. Mmmmk. Well that's 3 countries I have no interest in visiting ever. Fuck that. Go to a bar for drinks and end up getting killed with this shit or robbed of everything you have. Sounds like quite the vacation.

  7. Scopolamine is used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness or medications used during surgery. Scopolamine is in a class of medications called antimuscarinics. It works by blocking the effects of a certain natural substance (acetylcholine) on the central nervous system.

  8. These datura or (dhatura ke phool in hindi) literally grow near my house in India and you can find them anywhere after a good search, everyone knows they're poisonous, people in old days used to eat these to commit suicide, even Gandhi ate a few seeds of dhatura to attempt suicide, my mom knows a few people who are crazy because they ate these seeds

  9. Just remember that this is also used in medicine and treatments of nausea!
    Every drug on the planet: IT IS ONLY DANGEROUS ABOVE THE RECOMMENDED DOSE!
    There isn’t a drug known to man that doesn’t have a safe dose. They never point this out.

  10. i think this drug deactivates pieces of the cortex for a while (the opposite of making it stronger through meditation). in specific ways. so that you think normal, but cannot difference what is usually wrong for you.

  11. Some fucker give me this in Thailand , luckily my mate stopped me handing all my shit over to some arsehole. Khao san road gulivers bar be careful, I walked him to my hotel and agreed to give him all my things

  12. The whole thing about the flower or the plant being soooo dangerous is BS. We all know the craziest chemists have or are still in Colombia working for cartels. Any natural plant that gets processed by who knows what types of chemicals will do strange things to the human mind. Just take "spice" for example. It is a concoction of chemicals made to be sprayed on any grass or the like and it has aromas added that mimic cannabis. People started going crazy a while back and started to act like real life zombies till the US government stepped in to stop it. That's just what stage the crazy chemists took the chemicals to. Opium is okay until processed in Heroine. Cannabis in its original form never fucked up so many minds. Now they have this genetically modified with this genetic just to maximize the extreme "high". This is all the devils work.

  13. Señor Demencia at the begining is very funny,smart,interesting to listen to…he can't harm you,but sure as hell COULD make you harm yourself….he's fun just as much as devil is fun…but jokes aside,he seems to mean no harm himself

  14. So I'm 5 minutes into this and the host hasn't mentioned that scopolamine is routinely given as an anti-nausea drug and that it has very interesting benefits for people with chronic depression.

  15. Coming from a family of mafia. I know my brother would have done the same if someone had murdered a close friend or family member. I completely sympathise with that bald guy at the end. Those sons of bitches got what they asked for.

  16. Drugs are a waste of time there's nothing like being sober stay away from drugs and alchol. Meditation is the awnser not drugs or alcohol.

  17. Imagine ur drug dealer pulls up while ur high to give you ur gas and starts playing the flute , that's gonna be the funniest thing everrr

  18. The women at 6:30 are a very poor representation of Colombia.
    I've been 8 times and have never come across cocaine or weed there. Nor do I want to.

  19. I mean, you don’t need to go to Colombia. There’s angel trumpets everywhere. It’s not fun, don’t be alone, let others know what’s going on, be with people you trust.

  20. The reporter sounds like he just woke up from partying in Colombia.

    A lot of bold statements said from him though, besides that very interesting.

  21. Got drunk and bought a few hookers for the night. Wife asked me what happened the next day. Well, obv I was drugged by the devil plant, what other explanation could there be? Nice "reporting" twats.

  22. These foreign countries are hella risky for no reason. Glad to live in America. Anyone who disagrees is ungrateful.

  23. I like how he mentions that people wake up with an organ missing but then says the scariest story is a guy got robbed

  24. oh wow this is 2012…. well 2019 here wondering if this is what the government uses to coerce confessions with wanted people and terrorists, and whats stopping law enforcement to use it for the same thing

  25. Why go to all the bother to get the drug and not take it , I would of snorted the lot in one go and got ready for the ride ….

  26. Honestly the people who got killed for robbing that dude at the end deserved it. Anyone who uses this on people are a batshit crazy sociopath who deserves to get it back at them.

  27. Have you ever looked around and thought What the fuck am I doing here? that’s what that Bogota strip clubs made me think of. We’ve all had that moment when ur like “where the fuck am I. I went to high school in Huntington Beach, Ca in 89’ about 20 min south of South Central Los Angeles. I was sixteen thought I was going to a normal house party, so naïve, so young, so stupid, looking for the bathroom I opened a door where a bunch of people were smoking what I think was crack. All I can remember thinking was: My parents are going to fucking kill me and how the fuck do I get out of here. Yep Bogota strip club, same feeling.

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