ByJancy Richardson, writer at Creators.co
To avoid fainting, keep repeating 'It's only a movie...It's only a movie...'
Jancy Richardson

In the real world, drugs can get you into a lot of trouble. In Science Fiction, however, there's a brave new world of possibilities that send my imagination wild...

Ever seen a movie and thought 'I'd like to give THAT a go'? Check out these intense fictional mind (and body) altering substances...

1. Slo-Mo - Dredd

Dredd: Ma-Ma gets high off her own supply
Dredd: Ma-Ma gets high off her own supply

Effects: Reduces perception of time to 1%

Notes: Slo-Mo can be used for pleasure, or for pain - imagine being tortured, and it feeling 100 times longer than regular time...actually, don't! Dredd's incredible special effects certainly bring the symptoms of Slo-Mo to life.

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2. The Red Pill - The Matrix

Neo's choice: danger is red, the Matrix is blue...
Neo's choice: danger is red, the Matrix is blue...

Effects: Releases humans from The Matrix

Notes: Technically, Morpheus offers the pills whilst in The Matrix, so these pills are more visual representations of extracting code than a real drug...but then, is any of this real anyway....AGH!

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3. The blue drug - Lucy

Effects: Telekinesis, absorption of other people's abilities, loss of pain, increased intelligence

Notes: Scarlett Johansson's Lucy makes good use of her new powers - escaping from drug lords in futuristic Taipei. However, her rapidly developing powers are unpredictable, and, as she says herself, 'It's like all the things that make me human are fading away'...

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4. Kalocin - The Andromeda Strain

Kalocin: another stroke of Crichton genius
Kalocin: another stroke of Crichton genius

Effects: A cure for every known disease and virus

Notes: Unfortunately, Kalocin weakens the immune system, causing an outbreak of superviral infections when the user stops taking it. Definitely a candidate for many more years of laboratory testing before the open market!

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5. G-23 paxilon hydrochlorate - Serenity

Effects: Major chill-out, like, chill-out unto death...

Notes: ...or you could experience the substance's rare opposite effect: extreme aggression, gleeful self-mutilation, pillage and murder. Hear me out here - 'Pax' would be a great way to go if you had to terminate your own life.

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6. NZT - Limitless

Effects: Greatly increased intelligence

Notes: Early versions of NZT only cause temporary intelligence, and users can suffer side-effects like nausea, blackouts and head pains. However, later versions of the drug cause permanent intelligence increase with no side effects. Unless you believe 'ignorance is bliss', what have you got to lose?

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7. Soma - Brave New World

Effects: antidepressant / hallucinogenic depending on dosage

Notes: Named for the Hindu elixir of immortality, Huxley's Soma takes you on a 'vacation' of the mind, liberating you from earthly concerns. Uh...it can also be used - as a vapor - to suppress public protest, which is creepy.

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8. Felix Felicis - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Effects: Incredible Luck

Notes: Though the effects can be delightful, even Luck Potion has its limits. Good fortune can always help a situation but should not be a replacement for forward planning. Do as Harry does - use with caution.

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Come on, don't judge me now - tell me these fantastical chemicals don't look like a good time! OK, so maybe Pax should be avoided, what with the whole DEATH side effect...

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