Posted on April 20, 2006 by

Hallucinogenic Fish – Better Than LSD, Lasts 36 Hours, And It’s Legal!

Only minutes in to their meals two men in a Mediterranean restaurant started suffering from terrifying visual and auditory hallucinations. The men contracted a rare form of hallucinogenic poisoning from the Salema fish in their food. It’s kind of like licking a toads ass, only with more cliantro.

The effects of eating ichthyoallyeinotoxic fishes, such as certain mullet, goatfish, tangs, damsels and rabbitfish, are believed to be similar to LSD, and may include vivid and terrifying auditory and visual hallucinations. This has given rise to the collective common name for ichthyoallyeinotoxic fishes of “dream fish”.

One of the men, a 40-year old, was admitted to hospital suffering from a digestive problem and frightening visual and auditory hallucinations, which took 36 hours to disappear. The second man, a 90-year old, suffered from auditory hallucinations a couple of hours after eating the same species of fish, followed by a series of nightmares over the next two nights.

The poisoning can start to cause vivid hallucinations within minutes of eating a poisonous fish and may last for days, often with no other effects. There is no antidote.

Others have claimed that different species of ichthyoallyeinotoxic fishes, such as Kyphosus fuseus, contain much more potent hallucinogens, such as dimethyltryptamine or DMT, which is considered to be one of the world’s most mind-bending hallucinogenic chemicals.

Salvia is another example of such chemicals.

Link via BoingBoing. Read more at practical fish keeping.