A somewhat lopsided flower, though pretty and pleasantly-scented in its own way, Adara’s Rose was created by the wizard Belgarion more or less by accident one day in Algaria. Unbeknownst to Belgarion (or to Adara, for whom he created it), the flower was also capable of being made into a potent medicine – the sovereign remedy, in fact (a cure for all known disease).
However, this second fact was not known until several years later, when it was revealed by the seer Cyradis, and used to cure the Mallorean Emperor ‘Zakath of a bad case of thalot poisoning.
A highly addictive drug, Akira is an enhancer of psychic powers. It turns ordinary mortals into psychics, and those who already have magical or psychic talents into virtual superhumans – while it lasts.
The exact details of its naming are unknown, but it seems likely that it was named for the legendary Japanese comic series, which prominently features psychic powers.
Akira enjoyed a brief vogue as the drug of choice of Los Angeles’ Sub Rosa (i.e. magical) subculture, but the strongly expressed disapproval of Sandman Slim (and the disappearance of its source) put paid to that.
Related drugs: Cupbearer’s Elixir.
An alchemical concoction masquerading as a beer, Black Frost was briefly on sale at one particular bar on the Sunnydale campus of the University of California.
Repeated doses of Black Frost will lead to the imbiber reverting to a caveman-like level of intelligence, closely followed by physical mutations to match. Understandably, the user rarely realises that they have been dosed before it’s too late for them to realise much of anything.
It’s mostly used to get even with smart-ass college kids.
Related Drugs: Calendula, Calynthia Powder, Gill Man DNA and Orpheus.
Calendula is actually a real substance: it’s a herb derived from the plant of that name. The plant is a small yellow flower that grows across Mediterranean Europe and the Middle East, from the Azores to Iran.
It actually has medicinal effects – it has traditionally been used to treat constipation, abdominal cramps, acne, and in modern eras, radiation dermatitis and tumours. It is also used in cooking.
What lands it on this list is its supposed magical power: it is used by some members of the staff at Wolfram and Hart as a means of cheating psychic scans, by allowing users to hide their true thoughts and feelings.
Related Drugs: Black Frost, Calynthia Powder, Gill Man DNA and Orpheus.
Calynthia Powder is a bright purple colour. As a powder, it can be mixed into liquids and ingested, such as water or blood.
The drug is presumably magical in nature, and is used to affect the dreams of the person being fed it – usually without their knowledge. The drug makes the user more suggestible, especially when in a dream state, allowing anyone present while the user is dreaming to plant suggestions in their mind – while full control is not possible, it can be used to manipulate the person.
A person under the influence of Calynthia Powder will sleep more deeply, which makes the manipulation easier, as they will not wake when they otherwise would. Repeated doses will upset the sleep cycle of the user, making them sleep longer, dream less and awake less refreshed.
Related Drugs: Black Frost, Calendula, Gill Man DNA and Orpheus.
Communion is a bitter-tasting powder that causes the user to experience ecstatic union with their god or gods. Usually taken by mixing into tea (generally with a lot of sugar), Communion is particularly popular with the devotees of Karla Sommers living on Al Amarja.
The drug is all-encompassing, affected all five senses. Users often come back from their trips with missions – often vaguely-defined – from their deities. The objective reality of the experience of Communion is a hotly-debated topic in theological and pharmacological circles.
The drug itself is made from the glands of dead glugs, the secretive original species of humans who hide in our midst – although most glugs would be horrified if they knew the drug’s origins, and would almost certainly kill those of their number who are responsible for its creation.
Related Drugs: Blue Shock, MDA-Cubed, Nightmare, Relapse, Slo-Mo, Wings and Zorro.
Strongly implied to the ambrosia of the gods, the liquid supplied by Hebe to the Olympians that kept them immortal and deific, Cupbearer’s Elixir is an alchemical preparation whose formula is a closely guarded secret.
Despite its general associations, it is not actually a healing elixir. Rather, it halts the changes of the body, retarding injury, disease and healing to an equal degree. While it is often used to halt the spread of incurable diseases, such as leprosy, it can also be used to prevent scars from healing, should one be so inclined.
Related drugs: Akira.
The Deflating Draught is probably best known as an antidote to the Swelling Solution. As such, it is a standard medical treatment in the wizarding world, used to reduce swellings of all kinds, whether they are magically induced or not.
Rumours that it can be used as a kind of magical viagra remain unconfirmed.
The magical dust from the very pouch of the Dream King himself, Dream Sand as a hallucinogen that makes hallucinations real – and makes reality hallucinatory. A user of Dream Sand can mutate the flesh of anyone near enough (and it’s unclear how close that is, although line of sight seems likely), can entrap others in dreams and can prolong their own life far beyond any need for other sustenance (although not without considerable physical wasting – the magic keeps the body alive without them, but the body still needs food and drink).
Fortunately, Dream Sand is kept tightly controlled by the Dream King (whether that be Morpheus or Daniel), and it is only in rare circumstances that any human gets the chance to become addicted to it. The 72 year long imprisonment of the Dream King for the Magus Burgess was such an occasion, unfortunately, claiming the lives of at least two people and very likely more.
The Elixir of Life is a potion that prevents aging, although regular drafts of it must be taken or it will wear off. It can also be used in certain circumstances to recreate a body for those who have misplaced theirs through poorly applied magic.
Created by the alchemist Nicholas Flamel through the use of the Philosopher’s Stone, it is unclear whether or not there remains another means of creating it now that the Stone has been destroyed, or whether the remaining supplies of it are all there is.
Related Drugs: Elixir of life and Fire Protection Potion
It’s somewhat unclear whether Ent-Draughts are some form of enchanted juice or some form of enchanted water. Certainly it is loved by Ents, as Treebeard keeps a supply laid in. But what is most attention-grabbing about this liquid the effect that it has on hobbits.
Even a single draught will cause feelings of extreme well-being and act as a restorative to good health and boundless energy.
In the cases of Merry and Pippin, it even caused them to grow a considerable amount, making them two of the tallest hobbits ever. Presumably, it would have analogous effects on humans, although thiis has never been tested – and the only species to drink Ent-Draughts are the Ents themselves. The effect it has on them is unclear, although it is implied to be a mild intoxicant.
Related drugs: Athelas, Miruvóre and Pipe-Weed
A drug made from the hemoglobin of vampires, Fang is dangerous and (thankfully) rare. Created by a 2000 year old vampire named Negus (who apparently once defeated Dracula in hand to hand combat), it was brought to New York City by him. Here, he abducted homeless people, dosed them with the drug and forced them to battle each other in cage match fights, until Spider-Man and Blade intervened.
The effects of Fang are temporary, but massive while they last. They effectively give the human user the physical traits of a vampire – fangs, super strength, really bad skin – for a few hours, plus a berserker rage that lasts for roughly three days even after the other effects wear off. Intense doses of UV light can make the effects wear off sooner, and there appears to be little lasting damage to the minds or bodies of the users afterwards (other than whatever injuries they may receive in the cage fights).
Fire Protection Potion – also known as Ice Potion – is a potion that protects the imbiber from the effects of naked flames, whether natural or magical. It is generally purple or black in colour, and known ingredients of the potion include bursting mushrooms, salamander blood and wartcap powder, although it is clear that there are other ingredients in addition to these.
When drunk, Fire Protection Potion gives the imbiber intense chills, sometimes described as feeling like ice flooding their body. Its effects are relatively short lived, but near to absolute while they last.
Related Drugs: Elixir of life and Weedosoros