13 Strange Highs from Around the World [infographic]

February 12, 2012 |  by  |  Entertainment, Recreation, Travel

Maybe it’s pessimistic, but when it comes to what people will do to exit their sober minds, I’m rarely surprised. Getting high is an ancient practice for humans, and it will always have a presence in society.

At the height of desperation, there simply are no boundaries to the pursuit of inebriation. All thirteen points in this infographic are glaring examples of this.

It seems fundamentally human to not want to have one’s face in/around/ or near one’s own excrement. This aversion seems to disappear at some level of human deprivation. “Jenkem” is perhaps the most disturbing proof of this. It is human feces kept long enough to ferment, for the purpose of inhaling the fumes and enjoying the subsequent psychological effects.
Yea, people do that.

Though certainly the most repulsive example, this buzz is listed among stranger methods of exiting sobriety.
I must also add, I am by no means condoning these practices. So if, for whatever twisted reason you feel yourself itching with curiosity…Don’t try this at home, kids. (via)

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  • Oiu

    Do some research, Jenkem has never existed in RL.

    • poop sniffer

      Are you so sure about that?

    • Sasquatchmaster

      If you do even minimal research, reports of it have come across the world about it.  Now, as to whether it works or not, nobody has confirmed, but seriously, do your research.

  • yumnumfumbum

    yeah do you some research most of this is bullshit

    • Sasquatchmaster

      I did, Google and many sources confirm them.  You’re wrong.

  • Oddysey_41

    number thirteen they are refering to tool

  • Kimberly

    i just broke up with my girlfriend.. fuck all of you

  • Sam

    Seriously.  Most of these just plain wrong.

    • Sasquatchmaster

      Nope.  You’re wrong.  Google it.

  • Leclaire

    “Jet Fuel” is kerosene.
    As someone who has worked as a pharmaceutical chemist for 10 years I can say that this list is pure garbage.

    • Sasquatchmaster

       … that would mean you only know pharmaceuticals, not street drugs.  Also, jet fuel isn’t JUST kerosene, it has a number of particles in it to help facilitate the processes in which jets use the fuel.

      They are all real; reports of ALL of these have been verified.  Maybe all the naysayers should actually research before going on their naturally incorrect presumptions.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jarek.draven Jarek Draven

      You clearly need to go back to school, then. While perhaps not a “professional,’ unusual means for alteration of consciousness has been a fascination of mine for some years now. Decades, really. And i can tell you that I’ve encountered every single one of these ideas before, and most of them are reputed to work. Numbers 1,3,4,6, and 12 at least all work on KNOWN mechanisms. You can find detailed info on all of these online. Check erowid.org. That is the reason I find your comment so unbelievably stupid. Only 2,5,7, and 8 are really surprising at all. And anyone who knows anything about african drug culture, or makes serious study of recreational drugs in general, already knows:

      1- Africans do some WEIRD shit to get high. Some of it is probably incorrect folk-knowledge, bordering on superstition. Mixing gunpowder with heroin to make it more intense, or to be more “brave” etc etc… I would say some of these african folk-highs are probably the most unbelievable, and least likely to work on the list.

      Then again, how much do you want to bet you would feel “altered” if you went out and drank some kerosene?

      2- Jenkem may or may not be real. I’ve heard arguments on both sides. Kind of hard to tell as “jenkem” has been treated as a running joke in the online drug community. If real, it would not be the weirdest thing africans ever did to get high.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mkabwela Mubanga Malambo Kabwela

        Jenkem is very real. Trust me. I live on the Copperbelt Province in Zambia and while Jenkem use has reduced considerably due to the efforts of Government & NGO’s, it is still very much around.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NTNUL6HNLFWNODVJ3VYNGTRVOA Nathan Explosion

    The last one only works with extensive exposure and only works in a psychosomatic sense.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jarek.draven Jarek Draven

      I’m not sure this is entirely true. First of all, I think this is too complex a topic to boil down to “psychosomatic effect.”

      First of all, some research has indicated that stuff like binaural beats can cause *some* kind of change in consciousness / brain-state. Whether this is wholly because of psychosomatic effect remains to be seen, and I think that’s a hell of a conclusion to jump to.

      One of the reasons i say this is because it has to do with patterns in sound, producing various changes in state, some of which can resemble a classic self-induced trance state. This has been accomplished for untold ages in cultures all around the world, often utilizing sound as the medium of trance- be that through rhythmic drumming, chanting, song, etc… When you draw this comparison, it becomes harder to label it as “psychosomatic,” as I think the mechanisms of self-induced trance, while possibly related to the psychosomatic effect, may be more complicated than just that effect alone.

  • Sammy

    Total nonsense. Jenkem is an urban legend and there is nothing psychoactive in fucking cheese 

    • Buzzedin74

       What about in mold on the cheese, maybe??

    • Research > Assumptions

      Actually, aged cheeses contain something called tyramine, which is known to alter human neurochemistry in a number of ways. Among other things, it is known to act as a catecholamine, meaning that it stimulates the release of dopamine, norepinephrine (noradrenaline), and epinephrine (adrenaline). Additionally, bovine milk products in general, cheese included, contain a substance called casein, which breaks down in the human body into a number of different substances, one category of which are called casomorphins. Casomorphins actually bind to opioid receptors in the brain, and are found in higher concentrations in mold cheeses. The type of cheese mentioned in the study was Stilton, which is an aged mold cheese made from cow milk. So yes, cheese is fucking psychoactive.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mkabwela Mubanga Malambo Kabwela

      @ Sammy. I live in Zambia & can attest to the reality of Jenkem. Urban Legend, my foot!

  • Duke Durden

    Every comment of disbelief on this page can be disproved in 5 min with a computer that has internet access.

    Cheese contains MANY substances which are KNOWN to cause psychoactive effects, including, but by no means limited to, tyramine and casein.

    Jet fuel is NOT kerosene; as it turns out, the FIRST jet fuels were BASED on kerosene, but modern jet fuel comes in many varieties, NONE of which are pure kerosene.

    Jenkem is NOT an urban legend. The notion that it is an urban legend seems to have stemmed from the American media’s over-sensationalism of the impact on American children in 2007. If you so choose, you can find reports from the Zambian government about the prevalence its of use in their country, where for a time it was the third most popular drug among street children.

    This list is easily verifiable. If you posted a comment stating that anything on this list is bullshit/nonsense/untrue you need to do some research. I’ll even go a step further than I already have and tell you where to go to find such information.
    There’s this new thing called Google; you use it to search for
    information once you’re done making ignorant assumptions. Research requires
    coherent thought, but if you spread it out over a few days (instead of the 5 min it would take most people) I’m sure your
    brain can handle it. Best of luck, and try not to post meaningless contrary drivel to a public forum before looking it up to make sure it’s not ignorant as well.

    As an aside: Leclaire, if you really are a pharmaceutical chemist, then you should know better than to assume either that jet fuel consists of only one component or that any one constituent of jet fuel accounts for all of its effects. Shame on you.

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  • Eric

    last one doesnt count, really doesnt do any thing at all and if you believe it does …well your an idiot, there’s no nicer way to put it.

    • Eric

      *if you believe it does after trying it…