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TB Tabby
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This rumor started in the late '60s. Apparently, banana peels contain a substance called banadine which, when smoked, will give the user a legal high. According to those who've tried it though, the user just gets a really bad headache.

This person, however, claims it to be true, although I'm not entirely sure this wasn't written as a joke.

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I can't see how this can be anything but a joke. Just look at how difficult the steps are that the writer says you need to do to extract the "bananadine". You either have to be an experienced chemist or hardened drug refiner to do it. Who has ether in their house anyway?

"Bananadine", by the way, isn't a psychoactive chemical and probably isn't even real at all since no serious scientific literature recognizes it.

The Straight Dope says this

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But you still want to know: Will bananas get you high? Of course not. The whole thing was a hoax first publicized in the Berkeley Barb in March 1967. The wire services, and after them the whole country, fell for it hook, line, and roach clip. "Smokeouts" were held at Berkeley. The following Easter Sunday, the New York Times reported, "beatniks and students chanted 'banana-banana' at a 'be-in' in Central Park" and paraded around carrying a two-foot wooden banana. The Food and Drug Administration announced it was investigating "the possible hallucinogenic effects of banana peels."

The outcome of the FDA study I have not been able to discover. However, in November 1967 researchers at New York University reported that a chemical analysis of banana peel had found no intoxicating chemicals and that the high was mainly psychological. It was obvious at the time, at least to some of us, that the whole thing was a put-on.

So there it is. A product of the smoke-anything-we-can-find late 60's.
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This was immortalized by The Dead Milkmen on their 1993 album "Beelzebubba"

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That must be what they call "Electric Banana", in the song "Mellow Yellow".
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Intersting recipe. I prepared them differently, but with similar results I believe. Oh how I miss college. We would smoke anything once, twice if it didn't make us cough too long.

Dried banana peel goop, I can say from personal experience, offer absolutely nothing except a steady stream of coughing and a slight headache.

If I recall correctly, I got better results from smoking a crushed orange Tic-Tac mixed with peanut skins. But that might have been the LSD kicking in sooner than expected. [Wink]

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According to a friend Banana skins don't work because he's tried it. On another related note he says that Nutmeg does work although you would have to smoke so much you'd be close to borderline overdose for it to do so.

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quote:
Originally posted by Sapient Homo:
On another related note he says that Nutmeg does work although you would have to smoke so much you'd be close to borderline overdose for it to do so.

That's why you make nutmeg tea - no coughing and you can make it as strong as you like.

Apparently the "high" isn't particularly pleasant, but friends of mine have certainly got a dig out of it.

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The Bananadine thing was a joke in a 1967 edition of a college magazine, I saw this debunked very thoroughly on a drug related messageboard I used to moderate. There is no psychoactive substance of any kind in Bananas, people only swear there is to avoid looking overly foolish after having fallen for this one.

The essential oils in nutmeg are not "active" when smoked. Althoughy the mechanism isn't fully understoof, the effects seem to stem from the toxicity of essential oils that are only present in the whole kernel form of nutmeg, industrially dried and ground nutmeg wouldn't do anything at all.

Be aware that these "oils" are VERY hepatoxic, meaning a single dose of nutmeg can be equivalent to as much as a few years of heavy drinking and liver failure after the first time is not unknown. For more indepth info go to www.erowid.org and look up "Nutmeg" - but I'm telling you right now it's EXTREMELY unpleasant for almost everyone that I've known to try it.

The rule of thumb is that the only "legal highs" that really work worth a damn are in the form of fungi, cacti and then of course Salvia D.

--- G.

ETA: D'oh, someone beat me to the debunking and even mentioned the details I missed , such as Berkley!

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Step 6-
Evaporate the alcohol. The resultant crystals are 150% pure bannadine. Put
these in your pipe, light up and enjoy! (Keep reading for the secret step 7!)

Really, 150% pure?
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http://www.truthtree.com/Nutmeg.shtml

I just searcked "Smoking Nutmeg" on ask.com

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quote:
Originally posted by Chabba:
That must be what they call "Electric Banana", in the song "Mellow Yellow".

Quite rightly.
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CatPurrson
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Anybody ever hear of smoking catnip? I read somewhere that it's supposed to be a mild hallucinogen. I did a report on it for my botany class a few years ago, and one guy said he was going to try it. Never got to ask him how it went....

I'd hate to see what my cats would do to me if I tried burning their catnip...

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I've heard (from a FoaF of course) that while smoking catnip will give you a breif high, it'll also give you a lasting, blinding, headache.


Snow-Not something I'd want to try-Dog

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Richard W
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I've never tried smoking catnip, but it certainly doesn't do anything if you add it to mulled wine. Shame.

My copy of Naked Lunch has an appendix by William Burroughs listing all the drugs he can think of and their effects. Nutmeg is in there, but even he says that he would never try it himself...

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Lol, my gym teacher told us in grade 8 that he had a friend who smoked banana peels to get high and eventually they made him go stone deaf as a result. If the part about the "high" is false, can it still make you go deaf?

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