Getting high from snake bites: A new trend?

Two cases of people using snakebites (from venomous serpents) to get high have been reported by addiction journal Substance Abuse.

The first case report:

Mr. PKD, a 52-year-old married male with a history of substance use for past 34 years started taking alcohol at the age of 18 and over the years he added cannabis, benzodiazepines, and opioids over different periods of time and in varying combinations to produce the desired effects…

Two months before contacting our center, the patient learned of the intoxicating effects of snake venom through some of his friends and, as reasoned by the patient, he decided to try it in order “to experience the kick the other substances now lacked.”

The other case involves a man who “subjected himself to being bitten once on his left foot by a small Indian cobra (Naja naja). The patient described the experience as a blackout associated with a sense of well-being, lethargy, and sleepiness”.

Please don’t email us asking if we’re going to start selling venomous snakes, we won't ;-)

Also see this post on Mindhacks.