People have been using drugs since the start of time. Look how many songs are written about drugs, from Eric Clapton’s “Cocaine” to “Sweet Leaf” by Black Sabbath, there are tons of people that use drugs for occasional fun to regular habits. However, did you know there are just as many animals that use drugs to get higher than most people do? From ants to wallabies, animals all have their own special drug of choice to get that feel good feeling. Here are five animals that probably get higher than anyone you know.
Horses actually have two drugs of choice, but their absolute favorite is a type of legume cannabis called spotted locoweed. Compared to nicotine use in people, horses get extremely addicted to locoweed since it is a mind-altering drug. Locoweeds unfading bright green color is year around and easily found so horses are attracted to it during the winter, and once they start them, it rarely stops. Addiction to locoweed is hard on a horse; it causes depression, paranoia, behavioral instability and weight loss, finally leading to death.
South American horses have their own drug they prefer. The waxy monkey tree frog (Phyllomedusa sauvagei); native to South America extracts a film onto their skin. This film is made of Epibatidine, a painkiller that is stronger than morphine and makes the horses hyper. When horses are lucky to come across one of these frogs they make sure to get a lick off them resulting in some excited horses.
Elephants exhibit a lot of human like behavior; they mourn their dead, teach their young, protect their old and enjoy getting drunk and high to have fun. Elephants have a liking for beer, any type of beer. If they happen to enter a village in India, they will often find the beer supply, consume it and then wander around the village wrecking havoc. Drunken elephants have torn down power lines, knocked over shelters and accidentally killed people in their rampages.
In the wilderness, if elephants find an iboga plant, they will gather around it with the elder elephants teaching the younger ones to take turns eating the leaves and stems until they are all spaced out. The iboga plant is a powerful hallucinogenic that causes the elephants to have trouble walking and sit zoning out, wonder what elephants hallucinate about.
The root of the banisteriopsis caapi is better than even wild catnap to jaguars. Jaguars hunt for the caapi plant, and then dig down to the roots to nibble at them until they get high since the caapi root is an antidepressant containing powerful MAOIs. Once high the jaguars act like kittens, rolling around and licking themselves and other cats while their senses are heightened. The caapi vine is found easily in South America making it an often-used psychedelic plant by both animals and humans.
We found out how reindeer fly, and they do it more often than just on Christmas Eve night. In the frozen north wild hallucinogenic amanita muscaria mushroom grow and reindeer love to consume this mushrooms along with the other various fungi and plants they chew up. The mushrooms make the reindeer feel like they are floating (flying) and they prance around while high on it. Another odd fact is that primitive shamans saw the reindeer were acting high and not wanting to risk death by the mushrooms would collect the reindeer’s urine to drink and get the same hallucinogenic effect.
Wallabies managed to confuse poppy farmers for the longest time in 2009. The wallabies would go into the opium poppy fields and all the farmers would find is huge circular crush marks, damaged crop circles. It was an unsolved mystery for a long time until one day it happened again and someone noticed the wallabies breaking into the field. The would then eat many poppies, and be so high that they could not hop straight, only going around in circles. Wallabies seem to like this new poppy high since they return repeatedly.