The "Ladder" was the name given to a fictional drug that was supposedly given to a group of soldiers in the film "Jacob's Ladder" as part of a military experiment in the Vietnam war, it was said to play on people's aggression and was named after the fact it caused people's aggression to reach a "primal level".


Supposedly the drug caused the troops in Jacob's battalion to fight one another rather than the enemy and jacob himself was stabbed by one of the soldiers - which resulted in his dying hallucination, which made up the majority of the film and paralleled in many ways his soul's travel from Purgatory to a heavenly plane.

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