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Bits & Pieces
by Erowid

The "Bits & Pieces" section is intended for random snippets of information which don't fit
easily elsewhere and/or which have been newly added, but not yet carefully categorized.

  • Hunter Thompson accuses Edwin Muskie of Ibogaine Use
    In 1972, Gonzo journalist Hunter Thompson wrote a satirical article for Rolling Stone claiming Democratic presidential candidate Edwin Muskie was addicted to ibogine. Thompson wrote:
    "Not much has been written about the Ibogaine Effect as a serious factor in the Presidential Campaign, but toward the end of the Wisconsin primary race -- about a week before the vote -- word leaked out that some of Muskie's top advisers had called in a Brazilian doctor who was said to be treating the candidate with 'some kind of strange drug' that nobody in the press corps had ever heard of." (Quoted in a 1996 Thompson interview in Rolling Stone)
    This story was picked up and repeated as though it were a factual charge by mainstream press. This may have contributed in small part to Muskie's failure to secure the Democratic nomination for president.