it started off as a simple conference to discuss alternative medicines. Unfortunately, it seems that the delegates at the conference decided to partake in some of the “medicines” without fully thinking out the consequences. After dozens of delegates took a hallucinogenic drug, the conference descended into chaos.
The incident occurred when a group of people called Heilpraktikers held a conference in Handeloh, a small town in Lower Saxony, Germany. The town itself is home to less than 2,500 people, and needless to say the local staff wasn’t quite prepared to deal with the situation.
The scene unfolded as many might expect. Authorities arrived on the scene to find 29 men and women wandering around, talking gibberish, rolling around in the grass, and otherwise being stoned out of their mind.
Luckily, some 150 plus medical practitioners and police arrived on the scene, loading up many of the delegates into ambulances and sending them to nearby hospitals.
The patients suffered from a variety of problems, including hallucinations, increased heart rates, difficulties breathing, and other things. Most of the reported problems were not serious, though authorities report that some patients were in “serious” condition. Patients were reported to be between 24 and 56 years old.
The Association of German Healing Practitioners (VDH), which represents the homeopathic industry in Germany, quickly denounced the conference and its attendees, saying that they were unknown to the organization.
The drug involved was 2C-E, a colorless synthetic oil first synthesized by Alexander Shulgin. The drug can be converted into many forms. The drug’s effects last for six hours or more and have been compared to LSD. It was discovered after blood and urine tests were conducted.
2C-E is illegal in most countries, including the United States, where it is considered a Schedule II drug. The drug was first outlawed in Germany last year. The reaction of the people at the “conference” should come as no surprise. 2C-E is known for being one of the most powerful and intense hallucinogenic drugs available.
2C-E was created by ‘psychedelic’ chemist
Alexander Shulgin was one of the world’s foremost psychedelic chemists, and is created for having introduced MDMA to medical professionals for potential psychopharmaceutical use. He has written numerous books on drugs, and did much of his research “first hand.” Shulgin’s work in the field has earned him the nickname “godfather of psychedelics.”
At the age of 16, Shulgin started chemistry at Harvard, demonstrating a sharp mind. With World War II raging around him, Shulgin dropped out to join the Navy and became interested in psychopharmacology, which refers to the use of drugs to treat mental issues.
After his stint in the military, Shulgin went on to study at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a PhD in biochemistry. After graduating, Shulgin worked for a variety of labs and in academic positions. It was his experience with psychedelics, however, that piqued his interest and soon Shuglin was using his considerable academic knowledge to study psychedelic drugs.
Later, Shuglin worked at Dow Jones for several years, with the company essentially turning a blind eye to his drug research activities. After that, he would work for the University of San Francisco, studying neurology. Eventually, he’d emerge as a very influential researcher and speaker on psychedelic drugs.
Shulgin died in June of 2014 at the age of 88. His legacy as one of the world’s foremost experts in psychedelic drugs lives on, however.