Science

The Effect of Different Drugs on Spiders

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 believeย the research demonstratesย 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…

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  • Hugh Knight
    January 3, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Nice video. Why wouldn’t you credit the musicians you used for it?

    • Jennifer Sodini
      January 3, 2016 at 10:53 am

      We did credit the musicians, please see the description on YouTube…

      “Published on Dec 7, 2015

      In 1995, a NASA research group conducted a series of experiments on the effects of different drugs on spiders.

      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 shows the outcome of these experiments…

      Music: A Tribe Called Red – “Electric Pow Wow Drum”
      Editing: Jennifer Sodini – evolveandascend.com”

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      • Hugh Knight
        January 3, 2016 at 1:19 pm

        Ok. got it.

      • Cole
        January 3, 2016 at 8:34 pm

        What kind of scientific study shows one web for the results? You can’t get accurate data from a comparison of 1vs1vs1. Are you positive one of the spiders was not wounded or slightly retarded? You need to see many webs from each drug to have any kind of idea of true effects. This is all propaganda crap otherwise and any moderatly intelligent person will recognize that.

  • Jacob Campbell
    January 3, 2016 at 1:57 am

    This’s garbage. The purge continues!

    • kylmcg
      January 3, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      This’s