While perusing Facebook I came across an article with this very interesting picture titled The Lemonade Drink Will Make You Feel ‘Industry’ AF from EDM.com. From the article:
Everyone knows dancing and drinking go together near perfectly, and depending on how crazy you’re dancing, you’re going to need something to drink throughout.
In comes black lemonade.
This once cheerful yellow summer drink is turned dark and mysterious by small dissolvable charcoal tablets. Add this brooding twist on a delicious favorite as an accessory to complement your Industry AF outfit.
Yes, activated charcoal is part of a drink recipe people are making and willingly drinking. Seriously, why wasn’t this a thing back in the nineties? Or even the early aughts where people would regularly ingest poisonous stuff and Poison Control would have us pouring it down their gullets?? Why didn’t Poison Control tell us we could make it into lemonade???
The struggle is real.
While it has been a thing over the last few years in health food stores for it’s “detoxing” properties, this is the first time I’m seeing it promoted by a festival-centric entity. From what I could tell the kind we carry on the ambulances (those of us that still do) is much more potent than the kind they are selling over the counter.
There’s a real irony here considering this is an EDM trend and that culture is best known in medical circles for it’s killer bass drops playing second fiddle to the ecstasy, Molly, and whatever other synthetic of the day is. The fact they are promoting something that may be able to counter those synthetics as ‘industry’ really just gives me the giggles. The one thing they fail to mention in the original article, but thankfully they do on the Instructables Page where the recipe originates, is that it is necessary to check dosages of the activated charcoal as well as any medications you are currently taking. Just as it can absorb some of the synthetics, it may also be enough to absorb some of your medically necessary medication.
With Techno Lemonade hitting the scene, we can only hope that this may result in some self-medication of an antidote for other poisons in their system… all in the name of being fashionable.