June 6, 2022

This Edible QR Tag Looks like a Big Ol’ Hit of Acid

A new “edible QR code” that aims to determine whether you’re drinking counterfeit liquor bears a striking resemblance to the preferred dosing method of the world’s most famous psychedelic drug.

As Purdue University notes in a press release about the tech, the edible smartphone-scannable QR tag is supposed to show that high quality spirits haven’t been tampered with.

But to the untrained eye, the square-shaped fluorescent silk tags look a whole lot like a large hit of lysergic acid diethylamide, better known by its acronym LSD, or its street name, “acid.”

The joint study between Purdue and the National Institute of Agricultural Sciences in South Korea was published in the journal ACS Central Science, and although the tech is certainly interesting, it’s hard to get too excited about busting alcohol counterfeiting now that we’re almost 90 years out from the end of Prohibition.

Also worth noting: it’s not necessarily the best idea to normalize putting things into peoples’ drinks in bars, considering that drink-spiking is back on the rise.

Much like acid, Purdue said that the silk QR tag doesn’t affect the taste of the liquor it’s put into, though one would expect it not to produce the same wiggly-wobbly effects of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”

According to Purdue, the same tech could also help detect fake pharmaceuticals.

For now, sure, maybe booze snobs will appreciate soon be able to suss out whether that $50 pour of whiskey is worth the money. But we’ll probably be sticking with the well shots.

READ MORE: An edible QR code takes a shot at fake whiskey [Purdue University]

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