An alchemical preparation usually in the form of a dust, Akkadris is a euphoric and stimulant. It is highly addictive, causing withdrawal symptoms including profuse sweating and mood swings in those who attempt to quit it.
It is also highly illegal, and because it is more commonly a drug of the well-to-do than of those closer to street level, many Akkadris users labour under the dual burdens of addiction… and blackmail.
Bentlam, also known as benny, ben weed and happy sleep, is am alien drug similar in chemical composition to earthly marijuana. It is, however, prepared to avastly higher degree of purity than any marijuana or hashish or Earth ever was.
In effect, it is a mild euphoric that induces a state of pleasant drowsiness in its users. Other symptoms include impaired physical coordination, although cognition is unaffected. It is illegal in most jurisdictions.
Related Drugs: Fayalin, Hadive, Ladolian, Nitrolabe, Thionite, Vee-Two Gas and VXN Gas.
Black Forest High is a breed of marijuana grown a woman described (by those who do not know her well, which is nearly everyone) as “a little old lady from Pasadena”. In actuality, the woman in question is more or less ageless. Her name is Agnes, and just by coincidence, she’s a witch. A murderous cannibalistic Nazi witch.
The Black Forest High was grown in the basement of her house, which was extensive as a result of having been originally constructed as a funeral home with a large attached bomb shelter, and fertilised with the remains of the young humans killed by the witch. At the present time, all known samples of Black Forest High have been destroyed, but Agnes is still out there, somewhere. Only time will tell when she returns and whether she’ll bring her drug with her.
California Mello is one of many designer drugs developed by Orange County pharmacologist Sandy Chapman, and like most of his output, it is a colourless liquid that is taken by dropping directly into the eye.
As the name suggests, it provokes a feeling of mellowness in the user, akin to being mildly intoxicated. It is most often used in combination with other drugs.
Related Drugs: Apprehension of Beauty, Buzz, Funnybone, Get Wired, Pattern Perception, Rhinoceros & Verbality
A highly expensive and addictive drug, Cernadine provides a hit that temporarily creates sensations of emotional lassitude and heightened confidence. It is taken as a mild stimulant and euphoric. Unfortunately, the symptoms of coming down include heightened anxiety and lowered self-esteem, which tends to quickly get the user on a treadmill of taking the drug.
While it is legal (at least on the planet Aurore), Cernadine is a dangerous substance to all but the strongest willed. Even with the assistance of a God, overcoming addiction to it is far from easy.
Funnybone is one of many designer drugs developed by Orange County pharmacologist Sandy Chapman, and like most of his output, it is a colourless liquid that is taken by dropping directly into the eye.
Funnybone is a euphoric intoxicant, a drug that makes you laugh at almost anything.
Related Drugs: Apprehension of Beauty, Buzz, California Mello, Get Wired, Pattern Perception, Rhinoceros & Verbality
HFS – short for Holy Fucking Shit is a synthetic drug sold by students of Sagan High School, which they obtain from their connections in the One Percenters. It is a potent euphoric and hallucinogen, with a high rate of fatal overdoses.
Fortunately, thanks to the efforts of the undercover police unit based at 21 Jump Street, the criminals who create and sell the drug have now been shut down.
Kef is a highly addictive drug, which is generally believed to decrease emotions, allowing greater rationality. However, these effects are very limited in duration. After only a few doses, these effects wear off, leaving only the addiction and the intoxicating effects.
Withdrawal from Kef is a lengthy and painful process that virtually no one is willing to undertake voluntarily.
An extremely expensive and addictive concoction of mostly natural herbs, Kosh is the foremost pleasure drug sold on Gehenna (or more accurately, on the station of the same name that floats in the atmosphere of that gas giant). It is rumoured to be the most intense pleasure drug, providing what was once described as the “penultimate pleasure” – a level of pleasure so high as to be just barely short of fatal.
Fortunately for the universe at large, the drug lords of Gehenna jealously protect its formula and prevent its export with unmistakable (and usually life-ending) firmness.
Related Drugs: Carvati’s Cure, RC-12 and Rejuvenex
Five years after the rampage of Edward Hyde, a new, refined version of the serum that created him became available in London. Dr. John Utterson, a friend of Dr. Henry Jekyll, took up the study of his fallen comrade, eventually creating the high society sensation that was the drug, Liberation.
Liberation was an immediate hit among the repressed upper classes of Victorian London, an intoxicant (and a mild steroid) that freed one from the shackles of social expectation – and lead its users into debaucheries of all kinds. But there were a few complications. Edward Hyde was not dead, but rather imprisoned by the police, with Utterson as his jailer. And the serum, like its predecessor, had a vital ingredient that was hard to come by legally: human adrenal glands. In fact, it was the need for these that drove Utterson to commit the series of murders and mutilations that became known as the crimes of Jack the Ripper.
Edward Hyde and Inspector Thomas Adye tracked Utterson to his lair and killed him in the ensuing confrontation. Also destroyed were all remaining supplies of Liberation, Utterson’s notes for making more and Mr. Hyde – although it later turned out that he had faked his death, after he spent the next few weeks murdering Utterson’s pushers.
Growing on, and forming almost the entire diet of the inhabitants of an un-named island in the Mediterranean off the coast of North Africa, the Lotus plant is infamous for its powerful stupefying effects. The people who live on this island have no recognizable culture other than consumption of the Lotus plant, extreme lassitude and a certain lazy friendliness to outsiders. The only known name for them is that given them in contempt by Ulysses, Lotus-Eaters.
Basically, the Lotus-Eaters live an idyllic life of being perpetually stoned. No wonder they so offended a man of action like Ulysses.
Luiren Spring Cheese is a perfectly normal if rather bland cheese that is made in the small, heavily wooded kingdom of Luiren in the Forgotten Realms. Rather bland, that is, to humans and other non-halfings. To halflings – who make up the vast majority of the population of Luiren – it is better known as Cheeeeeeese!.
This is because to halflings, Luiren Spring Cheese is a highly intoxicating substance, the equivalent to a strong red wine for humans. This effect is widely known among other sentient species, hence its other names of Halfling Cheese, Mind Cheese and, of course, Halfling Mind Cheese.
Originating in Numenor, from whence it was brought to Middle Earth by the Numeroeans, Pipe-Weed is an analogue of tobacco. The flowering plant that it grows from is called Galenas, and was prized by the Numenoreans for the sweet scent of its flowers.
It was first cultivated and smoked by Hobbits, specifically one Tobold Hornblower from the Southfarthing of the Shire, and the best Pipe-Weed is still considered to come from that region.
From the Hobbits, the use of it for smoking spread among Men and Dwarves, and even Wizards, radiating out in particular from the crossroads of Bree, where traders from all those peoples regularly congregated. As such, other common names for Pipe-Weed include Westmansweed and Halfling’s Leaf.
Related drugs: Athelas, Ent-Draughts and Miruvóre.