Bentlam

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.

Bipolar Bears

Bipolar Bears is a line of combination vitamins and mood-altering drugs, produced by The Corporation and marketed primarily at teenage girls. Not much more is known about them, but the odds are that they’re basically chewable Prozac with vitamin C and artificial orange flavouring.

Black Forest High

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.

Black Frost

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.

Blue Mold

The Blue Mold grows wild on the walls of the derelict parts of London’s underground railway network. It’s slightly luminous, but for the real fun to start, you have to smoke it.

Smoked in a pipe, joint or bong, the Blue Mold is a powerful hallucinogenic that unshackles one’s mind from this reality, and allows it to perceive normally invisible parallel dimensions.

It’s used in the initiatory ceremonies of the mysterious conspiracy known as The Invisibles, and possibly in others of their ceremonies as well. In the world of the Invisibles, not only are the words of the prophets writtten on the subway walls, but the source of all their visions grows there free for anyone to take.

Related drugs: Key 17 and Zombie Crack.

Blue Shock

Blue Shock looks like a shiny blue cough syrup and kicks like amyl nitrate’s bigger, stronger brother. Generally taken in doses of no more than a teaspoonful at a time, the immediate result of ingestion is agonising pain.

Fortunately, the pain wears off after a few seconds, leaving every nerve in the body more sensitive than usual. As such, it can be used to heighten sexual pleasure (and it is popular in Al Amarja’s S&M scene for both its effects).

Of course, having your sense of touch heightened also makes pain more intense, so it’s not all good. Not to mention the statistically improbable correlation between Blue Shock use and spontaneous combustion.

Related Drugs: Communion, MDA-Cubed, Nightmare, Relapse, Slo-Mo, Wings and Zorro.

Bug Powder

A basic insecticide of the fifties in common use throughout New York City, Bug Powder is a yellowish powder that apparently kills bugs.

I say ‘apparently’ because from what little we see of it, it’s none too effective on bugs. Indeed, it is sufficiently un-threatening that it can be eaten or injected by humans, which is hardly the quality of a deadly poison.

It apparently improves the sexual experience, at least for women, with one user stating that she no longer needed to reach orgasm thanks to the drug. Its other effects are not well-known, although one user who was using it mixed with Bug Powder described the experience as ‘a Kafka high’, in reference to his story, Metamorphosis.

Related drugs: The Black Meat, Mugwump Jism and The Drug That Does Not Exist.

Buzz

Buzz 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.

Buzz is a low grade stimulant, enough to keep you pleasantly energetic, but not enough to induce teeth grinding, paranoia or other such symptoms.

Related Drugs: Apprehension of Beauty, California Mello, Funnybone, Get Wired, Pattern Perception, Rhinoceros & Verbality

Bynogol

Bynogol was the first drug created by Dr Phillip Wang for Calenture-Deutz. A hayfever treatment, it was retailed in both inhalant and pill forms. It was the drug that made Calenture-Deutz, their first real success.

Bynogol was one of the few drugs to be profitable enough to survive the demise of Calenture-Deutz, and it remains available via Rilke Pharmaceuticals.

Related Drugs: PRO-Vyril and Zembla-4

Ca-Fix

Ca-Fix is a drug of the space age.

It is intended to help treat the effects of spaceflight osteopenia – the phenomenon whereby prolonged exposure to low gravity, micro-gravity or zero gravity environments causes the bones to weaken. It is unclear whether Ca-Fix works to prevent or reduce the loss of calcium, or whether it replaces lost calcium.

Related Drugs: Relaxon

Cake

Cake is a made up drug which is a metabolically bisturbile cranabolic amphetamoid, originating from the Czech Republic. After becoming popular in Prague at so-called “boom raves”, it spread to other European cities, notably London. It is so new that it was technically legal when it first reached the United Kingdom in 1997, in what became known as the ‘summer of death’.

Side effects of Cake include severe water retention, especially in the neck (a symptom referred to as ‘Czech Neck’, which is caused by the yellow dye frequently used to increase the visual appeal of the drug). Another common symptom is massive dehydration, caused by the body expelling the water via tears or vomit. Another effect of Cake, via its active chemical, dimesmeric anson-phosphate, a psychoactive that affects the part of the brain known as Shatner’s Bassoon, which deals with time perception, elongating it massively. Frequent users often experience symptoms of depression.

Cake is also known as “loonytoad quack”, “Joss Ackland’s spunky backpack”, “ponce on the heath”, “rustledust”, or “Hattie Jacques pretentious cheese wog”, and was once the subject of a question in Parliament by MP David Amess (Conservative Party Member for Basildon).

The scourge of Cake has apparently now been defeated, as it has not been sighted on the streets of Europe for well over a decade.

Calendula

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.

California Mello

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