Adrenochrome: The Elixir of Evil?


Young children have a greater release of adrenaline when exposed to stressful or fear-inducing stimuli than any other age group. When adrenaline is released in the brain, one of the main chemicals creating the adrenaline response comes from the adrenal gland, which emits a chemical called adrenochrome. Adrenochrome is also a known psychoactive drug, leading many to theorize that users harvest their adrenochrome from living sources. Some theories even suggest that those who harvest adrenochrome use children exposed to extreme fear, making the chemical and effects more potent.


The use of adrenochrome as a drug is even reinforced through pop-culture. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (the book, and the movie) explored Hunter S. Thomson’s journey through the depraved Las Vegas in search of the American Dream, with every drug imaginable on hand. Thompson’s most intense drug experience in the book came out of his experimentation with adrenochrome that his attorney was given, the client who gave him the adrenochrome was described as a satanism freak who got busted for child molesting. If that wasn’t weird enough, adrenochrome was also a drug mentioned in the movie “A Clockwork Orange” by the name of “Drenchrom”. Drenchrom was drug-infused milk that the main characters would drink to sharpen their senses to prepare for a night of committing violent acts. The dark and mysterious nature surrounding adrenochrome has been dismissed by some as pure lore, but it may carry more significance than the skeptics may think.


Those who question the lore surrounding adrenochrome always fall back on the reasoning that adrenochrome can be reproduced in a lab and the people who tried the synthetic version of the drug were underwhelmed by its effects. To understand why this reasoning is faulty we can examine the differences between the synthetic and natural versions of a different drug, the hallucinogen Mescaline that’s derived from the Peyote cactus. In its natural form, the Peyote cactus is made up of many different alkaloids that give it a very specific effect on the user. The most active chemical in the Peyote cactus, Mescaline, can be extracted and taken by itself to produce hallucinogenic effects. The effects of Mescaline, however, differ from the effects of Peyote greatly because all the extra alkaloids in the cactus are filtered out. Some alkaloids could be non-psychoactive, but still synergistic with mescaline, and other alkaloids in the Peyote cactus could be psychoactive on their own. It can then be assumed that when adrenochrome is produced synthetically (or when extracted), that it would produce a completely different experience than if it were to be harvested and used from the source. There’s no telling what other factors could be interacting with adrenochrome inside the adrenal gland, that is completely lost when the chemical is taken out of its natural environment.


Many go as far as to claim adrenochrome is used by the elitists of the world as their drug of choice, harvested from afraid and young children at its most potent. Though these claims seem far-fetched, the wretched and dark reality of adrenochrome use isn’t completely out of the realm of possibility. Don’t be afraid to share any insights on this idea, the possibility is too significant to ignore!




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