Sodium Thiopental (Sodium Pentothal)



Sodium Thiopental is one heck of an interesting drug. You probably recognize it as the "truth serum". Did you know it’s also the first of three drugs administered in an execution by lethal injection? The ampule contains 1 gram of the drug. A typical dose in a medical setting would be somewhere in the 200-400mg range for a normal sized adult. The dose delivered for a lethal injection would typically be about 5 of these ampules.

It’s a rapid-onset, and short-acting barbiturate general anesthetic. In small doses, it tends to make people agreeable, and talkative. In larger doses, it makes you go night-night.

This ampule was manufactured way back in 1956.

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Chocolate covered Belladona and Cubeb



I genuinely laughed out loud when I saw this bottle, and knew I had to have it.

Belladona comes from a plant called "Deadly Nightshade", cuz..well, it’s deadly. It’s been used as both a medicine, and a poison for thousands of years. It’s generally regarded as unsafe by modern medicine, on account of it being toxic, and whatnot.

I’m sure Belladona tastes a lot like death, so naturally you’d want to cover it in some chocolate to yummy it up a bit.

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Arsenous Iodide



I know what you’re thinkin’. Arsenic is bad for you, right? Well, that’s true, but back in the olden days, syphillis was a problem, and penicillin hadn’t been discovered yet.

When those syphilis sores start oozin’, what you need is a little arsenous iodide salve to fix you right up. I mean, it’s not going to cure your syphillis or anything, it will do a number on those open sores. Mercury was the primary treatment for syphillitic sores, until 1910, when it was discovered that arsenic was actually more effective, and less toxic. So, there ya go. Arsenic doesn’t sound so bad now, does it?

Thank Fleming for antibiotics, eh?

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