Most dangerous drug in the world: 'Devil's Breath' chemical from Colombia can block free will, wipe memory and even kill
The drug is called scopolamine, but is colloquially known as ‘The Devil’s Breath," and is derived from a particular type of tree common to South America.
Stories surrounding the drug are the stuff of urban legends, with some telling horror stories of how people were raped, forced to empty their bank accounts, and even coerced into giving up an organ.
The drug, he said, turns people into complete zombies and blocks memories from forming. So even after the drug wears off, victims have no recollection as to what happened.
One victim told Vice that a man approached her on the street asking her for directions. Since it was close by, she helped take the man to his destination, and they drank juice together.
She took the man to her house and helped him gather all of her belongings, including her boyfriend’s cameras and savings.
‘It is painful to have lost money,’ the woman said,’ but I was actually quite lucky.’
According to the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, the drug – also known as hyoscine – causes the same level of memory loss as diazepam.
In ancient times, the drug was given to the mistresses of dead Colombian leaders – they were told to enter their master’s grave, where they were buried alive.
Scopolamine is made from the Borrachero tree, which blooms with deceptively beautiful white and yellow flowers
Most dangerous drug in the world: 'Devil's Breath' chemical from Colombia can block free will, wipe memory and even killMost dangerous drug in the world: 'Devil's Breath' chemical from Colombia can block free will, wipe memory and even kill