Get­ting high on snake venom

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - World - –– The Tele­graph

In­dian doc­tors have been left baf­fled after two men reg­is­tered them­selves for drug ad­dic­tion with an unusual, and of­ten deadly, nar­cotic of choice: snake venom.

Two men from Ra­jasthan have been get­ting co­bras to bite them on their tongues as no amount of more tra­di­tion­ally in­tox­i­cat­ing sub­stances gives them a buzz any­more, ac­cord­ing to a med­i­cal re­search study.

Ad­dic­tion and toxin spe­cial­ists at Chandigarh’s Post Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search are now ex­am­in­ing the two sub­jects of the study to de­ter­mine whether they have con­sumed drugs to the point of im­mu­nity, or they are gen­uine med­i­cal cu­riosi­ties.

The men ap­par­ently paid snake charm­ers to help with the bit­ing. They would then pass out for a while but wake up with a sense of well­be­ing and height­ened arousal.

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