Reindeer seek out mushrooms.
When the snow in Siberia first begins to melt, local reindeer will hoof up fly agaric mushrooms that are just beneath the snow's surface.
"They have these large red caps that remind me of Toad from Super Mario Bros," Locke explains. The mushrooms are known to produce visions and reindeer that consume them run aimlessly, have unpredictable muscle spasms, and make strange noises, in addition to appearing like they came from a surreal video game.
Local herders aren't deterred, and they've figured out a method to get in on the fun without having to dig through frozen tundra.
"The reindeer would be captured by herders because the hallucinogen does not leave [the reindeer's] system and goes right into the pee," Locke explains. "So they swallow the reindeer's urine to acquire their own delusion," says the narrator.
House cats get high on catnip.
The most obvious and easy-to-spot hallucinogen user is the average house cat, which, as anyone who watches Instagram stories knows, goes completely insane when exposed to catnip. This is because the chemical nepetalactone in catnip mimics female pheromones and causes cats to have arousal fits. Females and males both react to it, doing everything from chasing imaginary mice to rolling around hysterically on the ground.
Strong colognes and fragrances, according to Locke, can have similar effects on big cats he's dealt with at the zoo. When you're confined in an elevator with someone, the stuff that makes you gag drives these kitties insane.
Bighorn sheep break their teeth to get lichen.
Lichen thrives in some of the most inhospitable, difficult-to-reach terrain in the Canadian Rockies, making it ideal for bighorn sheep to climb and get high. Sheep have been known to travel through roads that are far too dangerous for people — or other animals — and discover lichen growing on rocks. Some people will try to scrape lichen off the rock with their teeth all the way down.
Rough-toothed dolphins play with pufferfish.
We already know that dolphins, as cute as they are, are sadistic when it comes to obtaining their food and frequently toss them around for a long time before eating them. When trying to consume, say, a pufferfish, which releases one of the world's worst poisons when threatened, this might not seem like such a good idea. However, its tetrodotoxin can be moderately psychedelic in tiny quantities, and juvenile rough-tooths use it as a spiny, swimming joint to get high.
“They don’t really kill it; they just bite it to get it to release its neurotoxins,” says Locke. “I can’t explain why they do that, but considering pufferfish is one of the most venomous fish in the world, it’s just random and weird
Red-fronted Lemurs chew on millipedes.
The red-fronted lemurs of Madagascar have been spotted scooping up very deadly millipedes, rubbing them all over their nether regions, and eventually consuming them. While monkeys frequently eat insects as a form of topical salve to ease irritations, Locke claims that little is known about why lemurs consume them.
"The poison of the [millipede] is not known to be psychedelic," he says. "However, some people will eat the millipede to help them get rid of parasites." It's primarily for therapeutic purposes.
Jaguars are fond of ayahuasca vines.
The jaguars endemic to the region eat yage (ayahuasca vines) to gain a better comprehension of the world around them, just like people go to the Amazon for ayahuasca ceremonies with mystical shamans. Or perhaps they do it because it appears to be delicious. The yage vines contain harmala alkaloids, a key component of the ayahuasca drink recipe that activates DMT (dimethyltryptamine) in other ingredients. No one knows why jaguars do this. While the jaguars aren't having full-fledged chats with their dead ancestors or going through a year's worth of therapy in one weekend, they are benefiting from the plants they eat. It also transforms these ferocious predators into rolling goofballs
Cows and horses appreciate a little locoweed
Locoweed, a low-growing, high-protein plant with beautiful flowers and a deadly phytotoxin, is one of the earliest plants to bloom in the spring in the Great Plains of America's Midwest. It produces swainsonine, which can induce a tranquil trance in grazing animals, causing them to stand around doing nothing.
Animals eat it not because it's relaxing, but because it's a high-protein diet that's easy to come by when other food sources are scarce. Cows, horses, bighorn sheep, mule deer, and other plains animals are especially vulnerable, and it's a major issue for farmers.
"Farmers must keep an eye on their livestock and horses," says Locke. "It's terrible for domesticated animals because they're out on a meadow and eat whatever they can." You really have to be careful; loco means 'crazy' in Spanish, and there have been cases where livestock eat too much and act a little crazy and enthusiastic, only to become lethargic and disoriented when their toxin level rises too high."
And no one likes a confused cow.
Bonus pic : Dog With A joint
I came across this pic on the internet and it caught my attention ,which is both funny and confusing at the Sam's time ,due to the fact that it would be hilarious for a dog to hit a blunt
What are your thoughts on this matter guys?
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