What if all drug and alcohol states are actually in the mind?
A performance by a Hypnotist at Toronto’s Idea City suggests just that. It would make the trillions spend on alcohol and dangerous drugs seem ridiculous and unnecessary.
Hypnotist Albert Nerenberg, stage name Neuron, elaborates on an old hypnotist parlour trick of hypnotizing someone into being drunk. Instead Nerenberg demonstrates that volunteers could be made very drunk, high on cocaine, experience ecstasy and even to hallucinate while hypnotized. The event was shot for Canadian Television.
“While this does require deeper states of hypnosis,” said Nerenberg. “It seems like the sky’s the limit. I’ve put people on LSD, Ecstasy, DMT and even fictional drugs that don’t exist.”
The best thing is there appears to be no side affects.
“I’m not talking about subtle contact highs here. People describe these experiences as completely real and we see physical side effects. Accelerated heart rates, pupil dilation, full hallucinations,” said Nerenberg. “The only difference is they can sober up in seconds.”
Generally people come out of hypnosis feeling refreshed and relaxed.
“There’s a lot of evidence the search of altered states is a natural part of human behaviour,” said Nerenberg. “But why we’re trying to prove here is that you don’t have to risk your health and your life to get there.”
In the video the audience at IdeaCity is asked to suggest a fictional drug. One audience member suggests Ludicron, a fictional drug which causes people to laugh at serious statements and believe the entire audience is naked.
It appears to work as volunteers laugh uproariously and a women suddenly screams when she sees the audience.
“Oh my God!,” she exclaims.