David Macdonald schrieb im Jahr 2007 ein Buch über Drogen in Afghanistan, in dem er gegen den Krieg gegen Drogen argumentiert und (korrekt) anmerkt, dass Leute immer einen Weg finden werden, um sich wegzuballern. Ein Beispiel sind Tataren in Bamiyan, die Skorpionschwänze zerstampfen und zusammen mit Haschisch und Tabak rauchen.
A friend of Macdonald’s who witnessed a man smoke scorpion in the Afghan town of Peshawar described the reaction:
The effect was instantaneous with the man’s face and eyes becoming very red, “much more than a hashish smoker” …. He also seemed very intoxicated but awake and alert, although he stumbled and fell over when he tried to rise from a sitting position …. the smoke tasted “sweeter” than that of hashish, although … it smelled foul, and the intoxicating effect lasted much longer. (1, p. 247)
As with most drugs, anecdotal reports of scorpion’s effects vary widely. It is likely that the numerous Afghan scorpion species have divergent psychoactive properties. Scorpion has been reported to keep one awake, cause severe headaches, and rival the effects of a “strong mescaline trip.” (1, p. 248) One Kabul man who had smoked between 20 and 30 times reported the effects to last three days. During these periods he had difficulty opening his eyes, his head spun, and he had constant visual hallucinations.