In the book Children of AIDS: Africa's Orphan Crisis by Emma Guest, the making of Jenkem is described: "fermented human sewage, scraped from pipes and stored in plastic bags for a week or so, until it gives off numbing, intoxicating fumes." The process is similarly described in the 1995 IPS report: "Human excreta is scooped up from the edges of the sewer ponds in old cans and containers which are covered with a polyethylene bag and left to stew or ferment for a week.". The 1999 BBC article refers to "the dark brown sludge, gathering up fistfuls and stuffing it into small plastic bottles. They tap the bottles on the ground, taking care to leave enough room for methane to form at the top."
The general concerns related to "huffing" and hallucinogenic drugs apply to Jenkem usage. The possibility of fecal-oral contamination due to unhygienic conditions during Jenkem manufacturing, which could lead to diarrhea and other gastrointestinal infections, must also be considered. Dr. Fumito Ichinose, an anesthesia specialist in Boston who conducted a study on the effects of hydrogen sulfide gas, or "sewer gas," on mice, informed Salon.com that "the inhalation of gases like those produced from Jenkem could result in hypoxia, a lack of oxygen flow to the body that could be alternately euphoric and physically dangerous."
The effects of Jenkem inhalation last for around an hour and consist of auditory and visual hallucinations. In 1995, a fifth-grader in Lusaka said of Jenkem to a reporter from IPS, an independent wire service, "Old man, this is more potent than cannabis." In a BBC report four years later, 16-year-old Luke Mpande stated his preference for Jenkem over other inhalants, "With glue, I just hear voices in my head. But with Jenkem, I see visions. I see my mother who is dead and I forget about the problems in my life." Many young teens highly prefer the use of jenkem over other forms of drugs. The simplicity of making it is a factor along with the effects it has on one's brain.
Neither the pharmacology (the composition and active components) of the jenkem gas nor its pharmacodynamics (how the chemical acts on the body) have been described in a scientific journal. None of the usual authorities on psychoactive drugs have involved themselves in the investigation of this drug. This includes MAPS. Erowid, a website providing access to information about psychoactive plants and chemicals, covered the subject briefly in its questions section and concluded that it was a hoax. Erowid's website states that the "Jenkem stories that have been circulating in the U.S. media are almost certainly the strange result of a hoax." The organization states that "We have seen no credible evidence that anyone in the United States, Canada, or Europe inhales sewage gas from bottled human or animal waste (which would primarily be methane) in order to get psychoactive effects."
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The BBC article, written by Ishbel Matheson, cited an interview with a 16-year-old Jenkem user in Lusaka. The teenager mentioned that while he was using the drug, he experienced hallucinations that allowed him to see his deceased mother. A report by Kelli Cheatham from the WSBT news station in Indiana confirms that the gas produced by the fermented sewage does cause hallucinations.
Increased Susceptibility to Diseases
There is a good reason why you are not supposed to handle human waste. According to the laboratory director for the Kern County Department of Public Health in Bakersfield, California, the reason why you should avoid handling fecal matter in any capacity is because you are yourself at risk of contracting diseases like salmonella and hepatitis A. Other illnesses spread through fecal contact include diarrhea, pinworm infection and the Norwalk virus.
The Taste of Sewage
Perhaps one of the most unpleasant side effects is the lingering taste that Jenkem leaves in the user's mouth. The foul flavor of raw sewage lasts not for a few minutes or hours, but rather for a few days after using Jenkem.
In the same article by Kelli Cheatham, an emergency room doctor at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Indiana warns that Jenkem can cause low blood pressure and decreased heart rate in users. An article regarding fainting on the MassGeneral Hospital for Children website notes that low blood pressure and a slower heart rate can cause fainting, which explains why the bulletin from Collier County Sheriff's Office listed passing out as one of the side effects.
Lack of Oxygen
According to an article in "The Pace Press" in April of 2008, an anesthesia specialist in Boston tested the effects of sewer gas on mice and realized that Jenkem users are experiencing a feeling of being high because they are not getting enough oxygen into their bodies. Insufficient oxygen levels for prolonged periods of time can result in permanent brain damage and even death.
Video sung about Jenkem:
Thanks wiki for some of the desciptions
I guess the saying "eat your shit and die" is true
I know this is from 2007 but others may not know what Jenkem is