In 1995, a NASA research group conducted a series of experiments on the effects of different drugs on spiders.
From the experiment notes:
- Spiders on marijuana made a reasonable stab at spinning webs but appeared to lose concentration about half-way through.
- Those on Benzedrine – “speed” – spin their webs “with great gusto, but apparently without much planning leaving large holes”, according to New Scientist magazine.
- Caffeine, one of the most common drugs consumed…in soft drinks, tea and coffee, makes spiders incapable of spinning anything better than a few threads strung together at random.
- On sleeping pills, spiders “drop off before they even get started”.
NASA scientists believe the research demonstrates that web-spinning spiders can be used to test drugs, and the results conclude, the more toxic the chemical, the more deformed the web.
The photo series we’ve edited together in the YouTube video below shows the outcome of these experiments…