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Getting High on a Thai Tree with Psychoactive Leaves

'HAMILTON'S PHARMACOPEIA' investigates the science behind kratom, a Southeast Asian tree with psychotropic properties.

VICE Staff

On an all-new episode of VICELAND's HAMILTON'S PHARMACOPEIA, host Hamilton Morris treks to southern Thailand to get his hands on kratom, a contraband tree with leaves that can be used as an herbal medicine—or, in skilled hands, a psychoactive drug. Hamilton digs into the history and the science behind kratom before testing it out himself, finding that as dangerous as the Thai government might make it seem, getting high on the drug is nothing short of euphoria.

HAMILTON'S PHARMACOPEIA airs Tuesdays on VICELAND at 10 PM. Find out how to tune in here.