I read Hunter S Thompson’s ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ in two days when I was 19 years old. The book is about a drug-fueled road trip across the Mojave Desert with the Hunter Thompson character and his Chicano activist lawyer. Drug culture was still hip and celebrated when I was young and I thought it was he funniest thing I’d ever read.
The climax of the book is when the two are in their Las Vegas hotel suite, experiencing acute psychosis from ingesting every drug imaginable when the lawyer breaks out the adrenochrome, claiming he’d received it as payment from a Satanist client who’d run out of cash. At the time, adrenochrome seemed like the height of comedy and I suspected that it was a surreal joke.
Adrenochrome has been back in pop culture lately among those who claim that Hillary Clinton and many other powerful people in DC are addicted to it, with some even claiming that the Democrats’ newfound reluctance to fund border security is in part to protect the rampant human trafficking that provides a steady supply of children who are tortured to produce adrenochrome. I have no idea if this is true.
When you look it up, adrenochrome is not a controlled substance, although it was shown to be a hallucinogenic, neurotoxic psychotomimetic in studies conducted in the 1950s and 1960s. The derivative carbazochrome is used in medicine as a blood clotting agent for intestinal bleeding.
This mini-documentary explores adrenochrome and its roots in the vampiristic practices of Medieval aristocrats seeking to reverse the aging process. In modern times, the blood of the young has been proven to do just that in what’s called parabiosis. PayPal founder, Peter Thiel recently founded another start-up called Ambrosia, which sells infusions of blood harvested from the young.