August 3, 2012 - The borrachero tree, which is marked by beautiful white and yellow blossoms that droop ever so innocuously from the plant's slender branches, holds a secret that few people outside northern South America
know about. The tree's seeds, flowers, and pollen possess hallucinogenic chemical substances that, when inhaled or consumed, are capable of eliminating a person's free will, and turning him or her into a mindless zombie that can be fully controlled without any inhibitions.
Back in May, the U.K.'s Daily Mail
ran a report on the borrachero tree, also known as the "drunken binge" tree, explaining how a substance derived from it, scopolamine, blocks a person's ability to form memories, and temporarily inhibits his ability to make free will choices. When inhaled or consumed, in other words, scopolamine
can turn any person into a robot that will do whatever another person tells him to do, even if it means robbing his own house.
"The drug ... turns people into complete zombies and blocks memories from forming," wrote the U.K.'s Daily Mail
about scopolamine, which is technically a refined, chemically-altered version of the natural, mind-altering substances found in the borrachero tree. Scopolamine
is often used in Colombia and elsewhere by criminals to mind-control others for the purpose of committing crimes.
is a drug like no other. Nothing can compare," said Demencia Black, a Colombian drug dealer, to Vice's Ryan Duffy during an interview that was later compiled into a full-length, investigatory documentary. "You could be walking ... and suddenly 'poof' (implying that you quickly blow scopolamine powder in someone's face) ... with just that flash the person is totally drugged."
"You wait a minute and when you see it kick in, then you know that you own that person. You can guide them wherever you want. It's like they're a child. You say, 'Take me to your house, give me your checkbook, take out your savings, give me your credit card numbers,' just like that."