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  • n. A fictional psychoactive substance said to be extracted from banana peels.


Coined for a hoax in the Berkeley Barb in 1967, presumably from banana and -ine. (Wiktionary)


  • It was believed in the '60s that smoking banana peels released a psychoactive substance called bananadine, which allegedly got you high.

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  • Supposedly a substance called "bananadine" was there.

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  • Andy Laties said ... oh. it must be the bananadine I have been smoking all day.

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  • "Does the Anarchist Cookbook really contain errors?
    Yes. Lots of them. A classic error is the recipe for extracting the drug bananadine from banana peels. The flaw is that bananadine does not exist; it was mentioned in the March 1967 Berkeley Barb as a joke but the Anarchist Cookbook took it seriously. (Reference: "Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream, p. 336, thanks to Lamont Granquist.)"
    - Ken Shirriff,

    June 2, 2008