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Aug 13, 2008

Hallucinogenic Fish

Sarpa salpa: Picture kindly supplied by David Koutsogiannopoulos

Men hallucinate after eating fish

Two men got more than they bargained for when they dined on a popular local seafish in Mediterranean restaurants in 2006. The men suffered from "terrifying" visual and auditory hallucinations - seeing and hearing things that weren't really there - after eating the Salema porgy, Sarpa salpa.

The fish had been eating algae containing an indole toxin with similar effects to the recreational drugs LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) and DMT (dimethyltryptamine) which left the men suffering from a rare case of Hallucinogenic Fish Poisoning or ichthyallyeinotoxism.

Apparently, Sarpa salpa is known to be affected by this algae and was once known as the Dream fish and was even used as a recreational drug in Roman times. The men "tripped" for 36 hours after eating the fish, suffering from various hallucinations and nightmares in the days that followed...

4 Comments:

At 7:55 AM , Blogger ericswan said...

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At 2:24 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

With what, Eric?

I spent all my money on fish.

 
At 9:14 PM , Blogger Anna Van Z said...

Maybe people could also just eat the algae directly?
Finding the right quantity would probably be trial and error, though - sounds like that could get ugly quick.

 
At 10:42 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

People are funny creatures.

Anything for a righteous buzz, right?

Reminds me of Laplanders, mushrooms, and reindeer piss.

 

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