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May 28, 2011

There ain’t no party like a Yage party

Filed under: drugs — danylmc @ 4:22 pm

The Herald reports:

A powerful party drug rarely seen in New Zealand that can cause intense hallucinations and paranoia has been seized in a record $4.5 million haul.

Dimethyltryptamine, also called DMT, is also the main psychoactive ingredient in ayahuasca, an Amazonian brew used for healing purposes.

Many Dim-Post readers will know ayahuasca by its other name, Yage (pronounced Ya-Hey), the drug William Burroughs travelled to the Amazon in search of at the end of Queer (sorry, it’s actually at the end of Junkie. I should try and do some basic research when I write these things, but then it wouldn’t be the same blog), in the belief that it would cure his heroin addiction and grant him telepathic powers.

The Herald reports:

Depending on the dose, the high ranges from a mild psychedelic state to extreme immersive hallucination – including a total disconnection from reality.

William S Burroughs reports:

Larval beings passed before my eyes in a blue haze, each one giving an obscene, mocking squawk (I later identified this squawking as the croaking of frogs). Yagé is space time travel. The room seems to shake and vibrate with motion. The blood and substance of many races, Negro, Polynesian, Mountain Mongol, Desert Nomad, Polyglot Near East, Indian-new races as yet unconceived and unborn, combinations not yet realized passes through your body. All human potentials are spread out in a vast silent market… The city is visited by epidemics of violence and the untended dead are eaten by vultures in the street.

According to the Herald:

Law enforcement agencies are still trying to establish street-level prices.

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11 Comments »

  1. “Larval beings passed before my eyes in a blue haze, each one giving an obscene, mocking squawk … The city is visited by epidemics of violence and the untended dead are eaten by vultures in the street.”

    This afternoon ACT have officially confirmed John Banks as their candidate for Epsom.

    Comment by sammy — May 28, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

  2. William Burroughs pedant time: it was actually Junky where he goes on search for Yage. In Queer, well, I’m not sure what he goes searching for. It’s kinda mess. The least you can say about Junky is that it’s actually a pretty quick, lacerating read. There’s very little of the fragmented post-Beat stew he experimented in later on, the narrative is pretty straight (no pun intended).

    Comment by Matthew Littlewood — May 28, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

  3. Argh, stupid italics.

    William Burroughs pedant time: it was actually Junky where he goes on search for Yage. In Queer, well, I’m not sure what he goes searching for. It’s kinda mess. The least you can say about Junky is that it’s actually a pretty quick, lacerating read. There’s very little of the fragmented post-Beat stew he experimented in later on, the narrative is pretty straight (no pun intended).

    Comment by Matthew Littlewood — May 28, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

  4. “Law enforcement agencies are still trying to establish street-level prices.”
    As a revenue-gathering venture?

    Comment by marsoe — May 28, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

  5. Somewhere in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test someone says ‘LSD is a long strange trip; DMT is like being shot out of a cannon’. Part of me thinks that sounds like fun, part of me thinks that anything which Ken Kesey and his friends thought was hardcore is something I should stay the hell away from.

    Comment by helenalex — May 28, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

  6. Incidentally, how nerdy is it that we’re using a drug story to talk about literature?

    Comment by helenalex — May 28, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

  7. DMT was popular in the 60s as a kind of businessman’s high — because its major effects lasted an hour, rather than 8-12 hours like LSD.

    I’d be very surprised if this was the first time it has been imported to New Zealand.

    Comment by Russell Brown — May 28, 2011 @ 6:55 pm

  8. The chemists will always be one step of the legislators.

    So why can’t the Government admit defeat, end the War on Drugs, and put some sensible harm-based drug regulatory regime in place?

    Comment by toad — May 28, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

  9. this story was running on Radio NZ a week ago. What took the herald so long?

    Comment by This year rocks. — May 28, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

  10. Law enforcement agencies are still trying to establish street-level prices.
    Yeah, and that’s important because then they can boast about how much it was ‘worth’. They always describe drugs in terms of ‘street value’ because it’s always way higher than what it’s worth to the traffickers and makes them look like they’re having a much larger impact on the trade than they really are.

    Comment by Joshua — May 28, 2011 @ 10:27 pm

  11. The earth is a space station; down with Control!

    Comment by Old Bull Lee — May 29, 2011 @ 2:37 pm


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