Comparing the behavior of Krasheninnikov’s soldiers with a few recent case reports on the well-known GABA modulator Ambien (zolpidem tartrate) will reveal striking similarities. A 2010 article entitled “Command Hallucinations with Self-Stabbing Associated with Zolpidem Overdose” may be an apposite place to begin.
Additionally, ibotenic acid has enjoyed some uses outside the arena of brain lesioning, most notably as an experimental seasoning. The scientist Tsunematsu Takemoto found ibotenic acid possesses the ability to enhance food flavor at a threshold one tenth that of MSG, characterizing the agent as having “mild, subtle, delicate taste and a good body, and the taste is a lingering one.” Ibotenic acid’s extreme umami intensity produced both vegetable and miso soups that were for 90 percent of tasters preferable to ibotenic acid–free control soups.
Why the original GC–MS analysis produced a spectrum so strongly aligned with the theoretical mass and fragments of ibotenic acid is still unclear. The low thermostability of ibotenic acid and gaboxadol necessitates derivatization of either compound before it can be subjected to the high temperatures of GC–MS, meaning that, paradoxically, even ibotenic acid would not produce the expected spectrum for ibotenic acid.