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The Nazi/I.G. Farben Origins of Recreational Street Drugs

Physiological effects of methamphetamine

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COMMENT: It is more than a little interesting to note how many of the street drugs that have ruined the lives of American citizens (and citizens of other countries) have their origins with the Third Reich and/or I.G. Farben.

Der Spiegel recently reported on the origins of methamphetamine, the crystalline form of which is ravaging lives across America and the rest of the world, as well as enriching organized crime syndicates, including neo-Nazi linked organizations.

Developed as a stimulant in 1938, it was used to enhance the performance of the Third Reich’s soldiers and airmen, and remained in use by the Bundeswehr and other armies.

In past programs, we’ve discussed the origins of heroin and methadone (a synthetic opiate developed by the Bayer company and named “dolophine” in honor of Adolf Hitler. Heroin was originally developed by Bayer as a cough suppressant, especially effective in children.)

Many of the baby boomers spaced themselves out on LSD in the 1960’s. That drug was developed by Albert Hoffman, who did the work while in the employ of Sandoz, part of the I.G. Farben complex. LSD and other psychoactive drugs were used as part of the MK Ultra mind control experimentation conducted by the CIA after World War II.

There are indications that Sandoz continued to function in conjunction with the Underground Reich after the war:

How the Nazis Gave Us Crystal Meth; [Der Spiegel]; Yahoo News; 5/31/2013.

EXCERPT: As if the Third Reich didn’t do enough damage, Der Spiegel says, the offshoot of Hitler’s military pep pills are still around, ruining lives.

Many Americans know about the scourge of crystal meth from the TV series “Breaking Bad’, says Fabienne Hurst at Germany’s Der Spiegel. “But few know that the drug can be traced back to Nazi Germany, where it first became popular as a way to keep pilots and soldiers alert in battle during World War II.” The drug was called Pervitin, a methamphetamine compound launched in 1938 by drug maker Temmler Werke. Almost immediately, “high-ranking army physiologist Otto Ranke saw in it a true miracle drug that could keep tired pilots alert and an entire army euphoric. It was the ideal war drug.” For many soldiers, the highly addictive compound became a nightmare.

Pervitin was supplied to the German military for decades — West Germany stopped giving to solders in the 1970s, and East Germany followed suit in 1988. “But its meteoric rise as an illegally produced drug had only just begun,” Fabienne says. An excerpt:

The drug’s new career came thanks to an American cookbook. In the United States, where meth use is widespread today, illegal methamphetamine was initially more an exception than the rule. Then, starting in the late 1970s, motorcycle gangs such as the Hells Angels discovered crystal meth as a source of income and began setting up large-scale drug labs….

Methamphetamine was no longer a powder compressed into tablets, but instead sold in crystal form, and few people knew how to produce these crystals. That changed when a mad-scientist type named Steve Preisler, alias “Uncle Fester,” a chemist in Wisconsin in the mid-1980s, published a drug “cookbook” entitled “Secrets of Methamphetamine Manufacture.” . . .

The Crime and Pun­ish­ment of I.G. Far­ben; Joseph Borkin; Copy­right 1978 [HC] by The Free Press [a divi­sion of MacMil­lan]; ISBN 0–02-904630–0; pp. 6–7.

EXCERPT: . . . . Bayer’s phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal ven­ture was even larger [than that of Hoechst]. Out of its lab­o­ra­to­ries emerged aspirin, the world’s most famous home rem­edy for pain and fever. Bayer was also respon­si­ble for the intro­duc­tion of heroin, which it sold as a cure for mor­phine addic­tion and as a cough sup­pres­sant, espe­cially effec­tive in chil­dren. Later the Bayer lab­o­ra­to­ries devel­oped methadone, in prepa­ra­tion for World War II, as a syn­thetic sub­sti­tute for mor­phine. It was orig­i­nally named Dolophine, in honor of Adolf Hitler. Today, methadone is used prin­ci­pally in the treat­ment of heroin addiction. . . .

 

Discussion

2 comments for “The Nazi/I.G. Farben Origins of Recreational Street Drugs”

  1. Some interesting stuff here. Dr. Hoffman himself rejected Nazism, but it is indeed interesting to note that, coincidentally, he just happened to discover the drug while working for Sandoz.

    As for meth, this is actually a surprise to me: I had no idea it was first invented in Germany until I read the Spiegel article today.

    So thanks for the posting. =)

    Posted by Steve L. | June 2, 2013, 10:11 pm
  2. Ironically, LSD, along with Ibogaine is being researched as a cure for Heroin addiction.

    Posted by Chris | June 3, 2013, 2:18 pm

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