As adorable as it may seem at first, this is the face of addiction. Panda addiction to zhu.
Pandas all over the world are getting hooked on zhu. And it’s a lifestyle that is is killing them.
Zhu is also known by the street names of big grass, bamboo, and Chinese wood.
Many claim that they are only social users of zhu, that they only do it for fun.
Stories float around amongst members of the “in” community of zhu users about all the good times to be had under the influence.
But these stories never dip into the darker side of zhu. What starts as fun can lead to a sixteen-hour-a-day habit.
After consuming zhu, many pandas become lethargic and lie around on the ground all day.
Others become disoriented and suffer from hallucinations and giggling fits.
Still others become irritable and easily angered.
As dangerous as these individuals can be under the influence…
…deprive them of zhu and they can become combative, even to the point of attacking law enforcement.
Worse yet, long-term use can lead to a cycle of addiction. Even children in the panda community become victims, and later train their own children to use zhu.
It is important that we spread awareness of the dangers of zhu, both in the human and panda communities. Prevention saves lives!
ADAM WEISHAUPT is a Professor of Law at the University of Ingolstadt. His hobbies include rationalism, masonry, and opposition to Kantian idealism.