Shrestha International Laboratories: researchers here are in the final stages of testing what initial reports suggest may be the most effective love potion to date. Although the scientists here have been experimenting with love potions and the science behind them for several years new breakthroughs in neurobiology and neuroscience have given researchers the tools they need to make a truly useful product. These breakthroughs have caused scientists to entirely re-examine the presuppositions they had about love potions.
“The basic idea behind love potions has always been outward focused,” says Anmol Shrestha, the labs founder and CEO. “You want someone to love you, so you give that individual a potion of some sort that guarantees their love for you. The problem is that the science behind this has always been hazy at best.
Old love potion recipes tended to focus on dead frogs legs, blood, and voodoo spells whispered by thirteen toothless women dancing around a campfire. Although occasionally successful these potions were anything but reliable. That did little to dampen their commercial viability however, and as late as 1973 the love potion industry was the 3rd largest source of revenue in New Orleans Louisiana.
The first step away from this model came in May of 1974, when Shrestha and company unveiled their first love potion. “The revolutionary thing about our potion” says Shrestha, is that instead of focusing on magic and spells we began focusing on actual science.” The science suggested that the feeling of love was spawned by a collection of chemical impulses, so the lab developed a product that induced those impulses in desired lover while in the company of the person desiring to be the object of affection.
It wasn’t perfect, but initial tests proved it to be at least %94 effective. In spite, or perhaps because of, it’s effectiveness the FDA proved to be extremely wary of licensing the product for commercial use. The most public display of Shrestha’s potion came in the 1997 film “Batman and Robin” when Uma Thurman used it to bedazzle George Clooney and Chris O’Donnell. Warner Bros. was allowed to experiment with the product provided that they gave viewers the impression that it was fake. Although those involved refuse to comment, reports indicate that Clooney and O’Donnell still refuse to speak to each other eighteen years later because of a shared jealousy for Thurman.
In spite of the many accomplishments put forward by Shrestha Laboratories, Mr. Shrestha has long been anxious to make a more effective love potion that can be sold on the commercial market. His company’s latest endeavors make that possibility seem enticingly real.
“When we saw the latest Neurobiology reports coming in we realized something very important.” Says Shrestha, “We realized that since love is merely a chemically induced state there is no need to use trickery to try inducing someone else into that state, it is entirely possible to induce oneself.”
Instead of focusing on creating romantic feelings for a particular individual in another individual Shrestha’s new love potion focuses on creating the chemical combination achieved by romantic love in one individual. Shrestha believes that this may actually be an improvement over traditional romantic love. “In the old way of looking at things,” he says, “you are kind of at the mercy of whomever it is you are in love with.”
Perfect love may not be achieved simply because a partner lacks the hormonal triggers to properly stimulate the other partner to perfect love. But in Shrestha’s system a monthly injection is given to stimulate hormones and neural pathways into a state of love. If the injection isn’t quite right it will be adjusted until perfect love is achieved.
Shrestha’s hopes that the product will hit shelves as early as next years. The Lab is also working on a pill version for those uncomfortable with needles.