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Asian J Psychiatr. 2017 Feb;25:106-108. doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2016.10.003. Epub 2016 Oct 21.

What kills everyone, gives a high for some-Recreational Snake Envenomation.

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1
Centre for Addiction Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health Neurosciences, Bangalore, 560029, India. Electronic address: drlekhansh@gmail.com.
2
Centre for Addiction Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health Neurosciences, Bangalore, 560029, India. Electronic address: shivakmc55@gmail.com.
3
Centre for Addiction Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health Neurosciences, Bangalore, 560029, India. Electronic address: arunnimhans05@gmail.com.
4
Centre for Addiction Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health Neurosciences, Bangalore, 560029, India. Electronic address: vbenegal@gmail.com.

Abstract

There are multiple reports of recreational snake envenomation describing psychotropic effects in absence of any adverse effects. This is in contradiction with known effects of snake venom. We report a case of a young male who subjected himself to repeated envenomation by a snake purported to be 'Indian Cobra' and experienced a 'high'. However, a direct identification of snake revealed it was a benign 'Rat snake'. We attempt to explain the reported psychological effects as a result of high expectation of rewarding experience, strong suggestion, personality traits and most importantly the dangerous nature of willfully receiving snakebites.

KEYWORDS:

ADHD; Neurotoxic venom; Recreational envenomation

PMID:
28262128
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajp.2016.10.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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