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Can I get high from smoking Banana peels?
Q: Can I get high from smoking banana peels? I read that on a couple of webpages. I highly doubt it's true, but if there's anywhere I could find out the TRUTH it'd be here. :)

A: Nope, though there are persistent reports of people who say you can get high from smoking banana peels (or bananas, or extracted bananas), this is a myth has been around since the late 1960s. There are no psychoactive components in banana peels, despite scientific names such as "banandine" being created to perpetuate the myth. Smoking just about anything is likely to make one feel light-headed, but this is not the same as getting high.

There are a couple of possible sources of this rumor. One suggested source was a prank letter submitted to and published in the Berkeley Barb in March 1967. Donovan's folk classic Mellow Yellow is also cited as an early version of the story. The myth was repeated in the Anarchist Cookbook and has since spread on the web. Regardless of how many places repeat the myth, it is not true.



Asked By : scroumf
Answered By : fire
Published Date : 12 / 14 / 2000
Last Edited Date : 1 / 24 / 2004
Question ID : 1620

Categories: [ Myths ]

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