High Per Dollar – The Data – Legal vs Pharma vs Illegal Drugs.

Disclaimer: This is a study, may the data be used for Good.

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Product Per Cost Of Various Drugs- Data Collection

The data gathered for this study was from peers, it varies by region, person, etc… however the data came out to be significantly more consistent than expected. Hours High Per Dollar seems to come out on an exponential scale rather than linear. This made it forgiving for price differences.

Drug should be pretty straight forward, Situation is how its consumed. IE: 5 Cups of coffee, 1 (one time use), Average Smoker(daily). Duration was close to the average, and rounding up/down taking into consideration half-life and order of reaction.

Remember all of this is user data, if you would like to contribute data, leave a comment and I’ll get it updated.

Hours High Per Dollar

Caffeine Vs Everybody

Warning Caffeine kicks butt. I’m not impartial, I drink 5 Cups of Caffeine a day.

Appetite suppressant, nootropic, and highest High Per Dollar. Caffeine is the best drug, relatively safe, and wildly accessible.

The accessibility of caffeine means many forms of getting the drug. While I used drip coffee, even an expensive trip to a Fast Coffee Shop is lower cost than many alternatives.

Now, Caffeine might not make you forget your existence and decide to live the rest of your life as an Orange- but it can be powerful.

Even with a high tolerance, 5 cups of coffee during work hours will have me focused, excited, and jittery. Plus, who knows, maybe questioning your own existance on psychoactive drugs could be a bad idea. Then again, it is possible to die from caffeine, so- use this data for Good.

Other Oddities

A few things to point out:

  1. Hard Drugs are Bad, mmk? Heroin and Cocaine are not very good deals for occupying time
  2. Weed appears lower cost than Alcohol on a “One Off” bases and an addictive habitual use
  3. Prescription drugs vary drastically by type
  4. Your best deal for a daily habit is Caffeine, then Weed, then Alcohol, then Nicotine, then hard drugs.

If there is any interest in deeper studies like a more comprehensive Nicotine or Prescription drug study, comment. My drug use is limited to daily caffeine, alcohol, weed, and occasionally Kava Tea.

Can this be used for Good?

I’m unsure what problems this study can solve.

Could the math behind this encourage better government policy toward drugs?

Could this be used by addicts to attempt to replace an expensive drug with a safer and lower cost alternative?

Any ideas how this data can be used for good?

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10 thoughts on “High Per Dollar – The Data – Legal vs Pharma vs Illegal Drugs.

  • October 25, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    I paid $7 for adderall per pill in college and it provided about 8 hours of a high.

    Secondly, I’m surprised that guy paid $40 for acid for one day (12 hr high sounds right). I normally spend $20.

    • October 26, 2017 at 10:27 am

      so I’m confused on the acid part
      once upon a time i knew lsd and acid to be the same product

      • October 26, 2017 at 1:38 pm

        Yes this was my mistake. Acid = lsd

  • October 25, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I don’t do drugs except the occasional soda or beer at a party.

    That’s efficiency!

  • October 26, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Really interesting. I’d love to see the drug measured in milligrams and the body weight of the person consuming.

    • October 26, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      This does sound interesting and useful. I’ll have to consider how to collect this Data.

      I had someone email me asking about a few more drugs. Part 2 might have some quality metrics

  • November 15, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Situation 1? I don’t understand that. Why not measure in grams

    • November 15, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Grams might be good between the same drug, but the quality and potency of the drug impact the amount of time you are under the influence.

  • February 9, 2018 at 4:33 am

    Nice graph.
    Kinda happy my drugs of choice are all at the top.
    A bit nitpicky, but could you change the “acid” entry to LSD?
    Also, where did you get the duration data?
    MDMA is 5-6 hours tops, LSD is ~10 hours.
    Lastly, a personal anecdote.
    I buy my MDMA(Ecstasy) for $6/hit, and LSD for $5/hit when buying per hit, and could buy LSD $2/hit and $3/hit if I bought “bulk”(10 blotters LSD, 5 pills MDMA)

    • February 9, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      haha yeah I was happy to see my favorites on top as well.

      Let me plan on doing another revision of this sometime this year. I had to take users experiences since price/situation vary greatly as you can see.

      Acid will be changed to LSD, and I need to come up with some sort of ‘intensity’. Maybe rate out of 10, but I consider that non-linear.

      If you’d like to post your cost for typical usage, hours, and intensity(?), I’ll be sure to include.

      I prefer recreational use rather than buying in bulk(unless you use often).


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