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Friday, August 3, 2007

High as Shit

posted by on August 3 at 11:46 AM

posted by Jeff Kirby


Oh the ways people find to get high. Can’t afford to buy drugs? Don’t worry; you can make them yourself from your own poop. Put some dook in a plastic bottle and cap it off, leaving enough room for methane to gather, let it stew for a couple hours, then huff the gas that formed in the bottle. The drug is called Jenkem, invented by street children in Namibia who were too poor to afford sanitary drugs. Supposedly, the high is massively strong and hallucinogenic. Here is an account of a Jenkem trip:

So I was on Wikipedia the other day checking out the stuff on hallucinogens when I discovered a popular chemical in Africa called ‘Jenkem.’ After reading up on the Internet about some popular recipes, a few friends of mine decided to go and produce some of this potent hallucinogen. The first part of our journey involved a trip to the local sewage treatment plant, where we filled some empty coke bottles half-full with the potent sludge we found in the cleaning tanks.

We hid the bottles behind a bush, letting them ferment for a few hours while we went to smoke some marijuana. After about 4 hours of fermentation, we went to retrieve our putrid creations.

One at a time, we all inhaled the jenkem we had created. The odor was viscious, but my god it was worth it. What came after I cannot describe. A euphoric high, not unlike coccaine, but with strong hallucinations of times past — I saw dead relatives during my trip. It was almost magical.

The onset of jenkem is probably 10 seconds after inhalation, with the most severe hallucinations happening probably 20 minutes into the trip. Beware that if you try this wonderful substance that you’re going to be “out of it” for several hours after inhaling, and really it will take several days for you to fully recover. One of the downsides of jenkem is that you constantly have that taste of sewage in your breathing for several days after the fact.

After subsequent trips, there were a few characteristics we felt made for better trips with Jenkem. First off, if you visited the sewage treatment plant at around mid-day on a sunny day we found we got the best highs. Secondly, make sure you have someone nearby who is not high on the substance (believe me, once you’ve been introduced to it, you don’t want to not be high on it… so find someone who isn’t big into drugs to do this).

Hooray for human innovation. Thanks to Shirley for the tip.

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If ripping out my eyes would cause me to unread that, I would.

Good god, man!

Posted by Levislade | August 3, 2007 11:51 AM

Holy shit (no pun intended), I literally thought the same thing, Levislade: "GOOD ...GOD!"

Posted by Sam | August 3, 2007 11:58 AM

i want the name and the address of the first person that came up with the idea of gettin high on dookey so i can go over there and slap them twice..

Posted by reverend dr dj riz | August 3, 2007 12:05 PM

Clearly we need to make human shit illegal. Think of the children!

Posted by flamingbanjo | August 3, 2007 12:06 PM

I've never in my life been so glad that I actually enjoy my own state of consciousness.

Posted by Lee Gibson | August 3, 2007 12:06 PM

Oh. Dear. Gawd. Please, someone ship all your drugs to Namibia so that they don't find a way to make the vomit in my mouth some kind of drug.

Posted by Original Monique | August 3, 2007 12:11 PM

This sounds like a possible hoax to me, but my desire to know more is far outweighed by my desire to not think about this ever, ever again.

Posted by matthew e | August 3, 2007 12:15 PM

Best hoax ever! Whomever thought this one up in the hopes that dumb stoners everywhere would actually believe it and start trying to inhale their own feces: you rule.

Posted by tsm | August 3, 2007 12:17 PM

Insert somethingawful barfing emoticon here.

Posted by laterite | August 3, 2007 12:22 PM

Poor kids get high to take the feeling of hunger away.
If you were starving you would make drugs out of poop too.

Posted by mj | August 3, 2007 12:22 PM

They got me hooked on poo, Man!

Posted by Keep Your Money, Send More Poo! | August 3, 2007 12:23 PM

From what I just read about methane, inhaling it is just going to cause you to suffocate.

Now, start huffing ethylene, and you'll prophesy like you're at Delphi.

Posted by Gitai | August 3, 2007 12:27 PM

Wait til South Park gets ahold of this!

Posted by RonK, Seattle | August 3, 2007 12:30 PM

if this is a hoax - it roped in the BBC in 1999...

Posted by j | August 3, 2007 12:35 PM

sorry, dropped the link to the BBC story on Jenkem from 1999

Posted by j | August 3, 2007 12:36 PM


The first to come up with the idea was James brown and Grandmaster Flash.

But then, most of hip hop is barely tolerable whilst in the depths of a jenkem doo doo high. I always knew those gang bangers had shit for brains.

Posted by ecce homo | August 3, 2007 12:43 PM

@15 - still don't buy it. Are there any chemists out there explaining how shit becomes a drug? These kids could just be huffing industrial chemicals that found their way into the sewage system, if they actually exist and are huffing anything.

Posted by tsm | August 3, 2007 12:47 PM

Jenkem is prolly better injected

Posted by DJSauvage | August 3, 2007 12:53 PM

I'm skeptical that the vats at any sewage treatment plant are accessible to passersby. I grew up near the Lynnwood plant in Edmonds and though you could see into the sludge baths from atop a nearby hillside, there was no way to get anywhere near close enough to take a sample.

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | August 3, 2007 1:05 PM

And wouldn't it be easier to collect your own waste anyway? [For the record, I asked Jeff not to post this at lunch time.]

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | August 3, 2007 1:07 PM

I think reading this has already ruined any and all meals I'll have this weekend.

Posted by T | August 3, 2007 1:18 PM

Myth? Nothing on Erowid about Jenkem, which is odd for that site.

Google search "Jenkem Myth" turns up a surprising number of white supremacy groups and the usual blogs linking to blogs asking this same question.

Other variable term searches return that BBC story from '99. But one oft referenced story isn't enough for Truth.

An article from the UN circa '01 gives a credible reference to Jenkem abuse in Africa, but doesn’t answer if it is a myth or not.

However, this US government site referencing a Finnish study does show that indole is produced by sewage in an air free environment, an environment which a small plastic bottle would create during sunlight fermentation (and not in an air exposed sewage treatment vat/plant). I’m not sure if indole can be suspended in a gas, such as methane or other gaseous sewage bi-products. Or at least can be held in suspension long enough so the ‘huff’ can get into the blood via the lungs. Maybe Science knows?


Posted by Phenics | August 3, 2007 1:24 PM

I'm so happy I can afford sanitary drugs.

Posted by monkey | August 3, 2007 1:41 PM

Gives whole new meaning to "this is some good shit".

Posted by Dylan | August 3, 2007 2:05 PM

This shit is dope. This dope is shit. Imagine the fun!

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 3, 2007 2:13 PM

Reminds me of the Lenny Bruce bit about the fecalphile looking to score some shit. "What are you doing?" "Oh, just .. looking around. (sings) Looking around, for the curly brown .. "

Posted by --MC | August 3, 2007 2:31 PM

BOL! This post seems to be the very reason that the term Barf Out Loud was coined by my friends and I a few months back. The universe knew we were going to need it.

Posted by Callie | August 3, 2007 2:36 PM

Geez, all this time I thought I was the only one!

Posted by MC Scat Cat | August 3, 2007 2:43 PM

It's a fake. The intensely detailed description of the trip is a giveaway. It's just methane. No trip, just stupor.

Posted by Fnarf | August 3, 2007 3:30 PM

I'd rather try to smoke a banana peel.

Posted by Sally Struthers Lawnchair | August 3, 2007 11:55 PM

Well dress me in tiny clothes, and throw me in a ditch, and steal my vote! I wish I were still alive for this one...

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