Back in the 1960s a lot of young poeple took drugs and these people would try anyhing to get a "high." One Craze was called " Smoking Banana Peels " and that is what this is about .
It all started around 1967 when somebody wrote a letter to a hippie paper in Berkeley , California to the ' Berkeley Barb ' and explained how to smoke a banana peel to get high. First you have to peel the banana peel and then scrape the white material that is next to the peel out . You then must put this white material in the oven at 200 Degrees C. until it is dry then roll it into a cigarette. A bunch of other hippie papers copied the instructions and it became a craze and even TIME and NEWSWEEK wrote about it.
Someone I know says he smoked banana peels once but he was "tripping" on mushrooms at the time so he didn't know if it made him high or not. A friend of mine tried smoking banana peels recently and he sasys it only gave him a little bit of a headache.
Scientists said that their is a chemical in the banana peels called serotonin and norepinephrine that are related to hallucinogens such as LSD or " Acid " but it still doesn't work. Some people say the banana craze was started by some hippies as a hoax because you can't make bananas illegal. A man from the United Fruit Company said in NEWSWEEK " The only trip you can take with a banana is when you slip on the peel. "