Stephen Colbert disapproves of Ebola drug ZMapp because it won't get you high

Colbert only takes drugs for their side effects.

Published October 8, 2014 1:24PM (EDT)

     (Comedy Central)
(Comedy Central)

On Tuesday evening's edition of "The Colbert Report," Stephen Colbert addressed ZMapp, a new experimental drug being used to treat Ebola. A weird thing: it will potentially be made from tobacco plants.

"Wouldn't it be wonderful if tobacco could cure Ebola, like it once cured uncoolness?" Colbert mused.

One problem with ZMapp, in Colbert's mind at least, is the method of production: "The plants are chopped up finely, and the proteins are extracted through both physical and chemical filtration. So none of these medicines will give you a nicotine buzz."

That's a shame, because Colbert actually takes medicines exclusively for their side effects. Watch the (second) clip below for a bit about Colbert taking Abilify that made us laugh out loud.

By Joanna Rothkopf

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