Drug of the Week: Changaa

 

Drug of the Week is an ongoing series about the exciting, new, and often dangerously dumb ways people are getting high these days. To check out our previous Drug of the Week, click here!

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THIS WEEK’S DRUG: CHANGAA     MEDICAL RISK: 9     HALLUCINATORY EFFECT: 5

What happens if you mix alcohol and jet fuel? Well, perhaps the translation of Changaa will give you a hint: “kill me quick.” Said to have originated in Kenya, it doesn’t always have jet fuel; sometimes it’s cut with battery acid or embalming fluid or dead rats. Either way it’s supposed to get you super-drunk, but its side-effects include blindness and death. It’s easy enough to obtain, though: it’s legal to make and sell as long as you put a warning on the bottle. Yay, informed decisions!