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Spiders On Drugs

Updated on March 23, 2010

This is a Spider Web , this is a Spider Web on DRUGS, Any Questions??

The 1960s was a decade of love, peace, and experimenting with drugs. But Swiss pharmacologist Dr.Peter Witt slightly missed the point- instead of taking the drugs himself he gave them to spiders. He discovered that the effects were consistent and predictable, as they are when taken by humans. Webs are the perfect tool for measuring how drugs affect spiders. You can see in each web the differencs that were made with each drug.

First here is an example of a Normal Web


Spiders on marijuana made a reasonable stab at spinning webs but appeared to lose concentration about half-way through and didnt even bothered to finish. The effects start almost immediately and lasted several hours.

Benzedrine (Speed)

 Those on Benzedrine - "speed" - spin their webs "with great gusto, but apparently without much planning leaving large holes", according to New Scientist magazine. Trying to get the job done fast! SPIN SPIN SPIN! But the middle section has gone wrong.....move to the a bit more.....that's gone wrong as well....feeling agitated it made the spider spin erratically


Caffeine, one of the most common drugs consumed by people in soft drinks, tea and coffee, makes spiders incapable of spinning anything better than a few threads strung together at random. The spider was even busier that the one on the Speed but the caffeine reduces fine motor skills so the web is all over the place.

Chloral Hydrat

 On chloral hydrate, an ingredient of sleeping pills, spiders "drop off before they even get started". It looks as though the spider started off on the right lines but then just fell asleep


Very Neat, This web is symmetrical and complete but a little to spaced out for catching flies.Still much better than any of the other webs. The strange part is LSD has been claimed to be a wonder drug by people, as it helped them professionally as well as spiritually to boost mind expansion which may have something to do with proficiency of the webs lines.

 Thanks for reading and if you have anything to add or found this article entertaining please leave a comment :)


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    • Living-n-Grace profile image

      Living-n-Grace 7 years ago from Virginia, USA

      great interesting funny


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      hassann 7 years ago

      Incredibly interesting.

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      Katelyn Weel 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Fascinating! Thanks for sharing

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      datagrinder 7 years ago from Canada

      Your hub reminded me of short video I saw some time ago about how drugs affect spiders...

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      Deanna Elaine 7 years ago

      Fascinating how the scientist made manifest in such an accessible way theoretic assumptions about how drugs affect the brain! Certainly shoots a hole in the idea that drugs can expand and enrich one's creative output!

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      Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

      This is such an unique hub and I was captivated.

      Well done!!

      I have only just come accross you on here and I am now looking forward to reading more of your work.

      Take care.

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      Sunshiney31 8 years ago

      I agree fascinating...

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      What a fascinating subject.... and study I was entertained and educated at the same time, good as it gets, thank you!