Particularly in parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, some people are turning to scorpions to get painfully high. As host Lauren Vogelbaum explains in the accompanying BrainStuff video, there aren't any statistics on how prevalent the practice is, but narcotics experts report it's not a rarity.
Others opt to smoke the scorpion, which involves burning it alive over coals while inhaling the venomous smoke. Still others will dry a dead scorpion in sunlight, mix its remains with hashish and tobacco , and either roll it like a cigarette or place it in a small pipe. Why go to all the trouble? For starters, scorpions are a cheap high that can last anywhere from 10 hours to three days.
The high is said to be so powerful that it outstrips heroin and provides a euphoric, floating feeling bolstered by the ability to remain completely alert. The downside — and it's a pretty big one — is that the person spends the first six or so hours in pain while their body adjusts to the toxins. Oh, and it's possible to experience short- and long-term memory loss, sleeping and appetite disorders, a constant state of delusions or death. While the venom of different species seems to affect users differently, ranging from hallucinations to headaches, all the venom is nearly impossible to regulate.
The most obvious and, frankly, primitive ways of getting your fix is to simply get yourself stung by a scorpion. Those who prefer the actual act of smoking typically choose the third option. It is typically combined with tobacco, hash or in some cases, even opium. Regardless of the method, the venom is certain to give its user an intense, euphoric high—albeit, with some less-than-desirable initial affects.
Once the pain subsides, however, the user truly gets to see the fruits of their scorpion-induced labor. The high has been described in a variety of different ways, although almost all agree it is a pleasurable one.
Either way, the user maintains their mindstate for close to 10 hours. Although the strange practice cropped up decades ago, it appears the act has resurfaced, although some would argue it never left in the first place.
Despite its legality, there are, unsurprisingly, a plethora of adverse side-effects linked to consuming the venom. According to Dr. Azaz Jamal, not only can the venom be extremely addicting , it can lead to both short- and long-term memory loss, appetite disorders, sleeping disorders and in some rare cases, throw users into a chronic state of delusion. Your email address will not be published. Radio XL FM. Radio Amor Eterno. Antena Nove. M80 Radio.
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