Warning: Don’t Lick This Frog… Smoke It

Now let’s get something straight, Environmental Graffiti doesn’t endorse drugs. In fact, we go by the authoritative scientific doctrine of guidance counselor Mr. Mackey in South Park: “Kids…drugs are bad…mmkay.”

The colorado river toad is hallucinogenic
The Colorado River Toad can make you hallucinate

However, I stumbled across an article in the National Geographic about a female biologist who has made it her profession to lick frogs. I absolutely couldn’t resist writing about the legendary psychoactive Colorado River Toad.

The toad, also known as the Sonoran Desert Toad or Cranopsis alvaria, secretes powerful hallucinogens on its skin if disturbed. The effect of licking the toad is immediate: a powerful head rush, a radical change in color and light perception and vivid hallucinations when one’s eyes are closed. The come-down is equally rapid and the high only lasts between 5 and 15 minutes.

I don’t know which incredibly ingenious chump thought it was a good idea to lick one of these amphibians. The surreal activity of mass frog-licking, practiced by a hoard of dope-starved potheads, is now outlawed in both Australia and the United States, where the hallucinogen is classed as an illegal substance.

The substance is classed as illegal because it’s a venom. It can actually be incredibly dangerous because of the fact that it is so concentrated on the toad’s skin: one lick too many can cause dizziness, heart palpitations, possible brain damage or even death.

However according to a government document, smoking it is a different story:

The toxic ingredient in toad venom is called bufotenine, which is burned off while smoking. After the toxic stuff is gone, what’s left is the hallucinogen 5-MeO-DMT. THIS is what sends you to never-never land.

In order to get a smokeable sample, put the toad on a piece of glass (a pyrex baking dish works well) and rub the parotid glands behind it’s eyes. This will irritate the toad, and it will secrete a milky fluid. Once there is a goodly amount of it, let it evaporate to a crystal and then scrape it with a razor blade and place it in a glass pipe for smoking.


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