NASA Fed Spiders Drugs And Then Watched As The Stoned Bugs Made “Deformed” Webs


Most of us has seen the effect drugs has on people. If we fed drugs and stimulants to spiders and see the webs they create relative to a normal web, it serves as a great test-bed to see the effects that it has on the webs. Imagine such a web is a human life, it would be chaos...

NASA fed spiders drugs like LSD and marijuana and then watched as the stoned bugs made “deformed” webs.
The space agency published the results of its bizarre experiment in 1995 – and they were as fascinating as you’d expect.

A normal web on the left next to a web made by a spider on LSD

A web made by a spider on marijuana on the right

You can see the abstract creations below, including webs weaved by spiders high on marijuana, LSD, caffeine and chloral hydrate.

A normal web on the left and a web made by a spider on chloral hydrate (sleeping pills)

“The more toxic the chemical,” wrote the researchers in their paper, “the more deformed a web looks in comparison with a normal web.”

Spiders who’d sampled caffeine made webs with disorganised cells

They then quantified the alterations in each web using statistical tools and image processors to test the impact of different chemicals on spiders.

A spider who’d been given Benzedrine spins a deformed web



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