10 Foods You Didn’t Know Could Get You High

10 Foods You Didn't Know Could Get You High 10 FISH There is a species of fish, known as sarpa salpa or salema [sall-ee-ma], whose flesh contains a myriad of psychoactive chemicals that have been known to cause powerful hallucinations

The fish is a species of sea bream, which is eaten by many people around the world In 2006 two men from Spain were hospitalized after eating the fish in a restaurant Both experienced visions and heard voices as a result of the toxins they consumed; the effects lasted for several days Indeed, the potential effects of eating this fish are so well documented that the creature is known in Arabic, quite poetically, as the ‘fish that makes dreams’ Sources: Practical Fishkeeping, Anglersnet, FishBase

09 POPPY SEED BAGELS The poppy has produced a number of highly addictive and impactful drugs including heroin, opium, and morphine It is not surprising, then, that it’s probably best not to go too crazy with your poppy seed bagel intake The poppy seeds used on these bagels do actually contain a trace of morphine In fact to consume the equivalent of a medically prescribed dose of morphine, you would need to eat 40 grams of seeds, which is about 7 bagels

It should be noted that up to 48 hours after eating just two poppy seed bagels, the chemicals present in your urine would still be enough to make you fail a drugs test Sources: Drug Free World, US Anti-Doping Agency, Nutrition Facts, Journal of Forensic Science 08 CHOCOLATE Chocolate is one of the most popular food products in the whole world, with the chocolate industry worth a whopping $110 billion But chocolate actually contains some chemicals that can have powerful psychoactive effects

One example is the compound anandamide [an-an-dam-eyed], which is similar in nature to the compounds released when someone ingests cannabis It can cause the heart rate to more than double from 60 to 140 beats per minute, which is more than the buzz from a passionate kiss It also contains theobromine, which has a stimulating effect and can even be poisonous in high amounts Don’t let that put you off your favorite snacks, though… you’d have to eat approximately 40 bars of milk chocolate for it to be lethal Sources: IFL Science, BBC, National Post

07 COFFEE With approximately 150 million Americans enjoying a coffee every day, it is one of the most regularly consumed products on the planet While many know first-hand how addictive caffeine can be, its intoxicating nature is often overlooked Caffeine intoxication usually kicks in after two and a half cups of coffee and it will regularly result in a rapid heartbeat, tremors, and headaches If you were to drink five cups within a few hours, coffee would have the potential to cause serious damage to your central nervous system

In 2015 a man in Japan died of a caffeine overdose, attributed to the overconsumption of energy drinks and coffee Sources: Japan Times, Independent, Healthline, Caffeine Informer 06 MULBERRIES Despite offering numerous health benefits, such as boosting your immune system and increasing cognitive functions, mulberries can actually be pretty dangerous Overconsumption of the berries can have dire consequences

They have been known to cause hallucinations and increased heart rate, comparable in effect to narcotics such as ecstasy or cocaine But if you were thinking of turning to mulberries for a legal high, think again They are also powerful laxatives and eating enough to get you high would also result in diarrhea and vomiting Maybe not worth it, then Source: Organic Facts, Authority Nutrition, Global Healing Center

05 MUSHROOMS The psychedelic properties of magic mushrooms are well known While overdoses from the consumption of these are very rare, their side effects have been known to cause horrific accidents In 2008 an 18-year-old boy jumped to his death out of a window after he consumed a number of magic mushrooms and experienced paranoia and distorted reality as a result Fortunately, the 75 known species of hallucinogenic mushrooms are outlawed in most countries

However, a small number of mushroom species that are classified as ‘edible’ do still contain traces of the drugs psilocybin [sill-oh-sigh-bin] and psilocin [sill-oh-sin], which can cause intoxication when consumed in large quantities Sources: Economic Botany, Psychedelics Encyclopedia, Times of India 04 CHEESE A study by British scientists in 2005 revealed that ingesting just 20 grams of Stilton cheese could cause an individual to experience nonsensical visions and have notably bizarre dreams 75% of the men and 85% of the women tested said that this was the case

The reason for this is that Stilton contains tryptophan [trip-toe-fan], which is a powerful relaxant that can make you feel contented and sleepy As cheese takes a long time to digest, the tryptophan remains present in your body for much longer than other foods high in the substance, such as eggs, which is why its effect is more noticeable It is thought that the effect that Stilton can have on your psyche could have resulted in the common association between cheese and nightmares Sources: British Cheese Board, Erowid, BBC 03

CHILI PEPPERS Chili peppers attack on two fronts to get you high From a basic hormonal perspective, the pain caused by eating extra hot chilies triggers an endorphin rush, which can influence mood However, chilies also contain capsaicin [cap-say-sin], which can numb you to pain by temporarily decreasing the amount of substance P in your body, a compound that helps pass pain signals to the brain Scientists believe that the presence of capsaicin in peppers is a handy defense mechanism against fungal infections, as the substance can slow the growth of microbes Another evolutionary advantage of chilies is seen in birds, which are immune to their spicy burn, meaning that they can eat them and distribute their seeds, encouraging the species’ growth

Sources: Arthritis Research, The Guardian, Live Science 02 RYE BREAD When rye bread begins to turn moldy, the grain fungus ergot grows on it When consumed, ergot can bring about hallucinations, convulsions, and even death Ergotism, which is the effect of long-term ergot poisoning, has been listed as a potential cause of numerous historic hysterias, as it causes people to act in paranoid and manic ways

Some historians have suggested that it could have been a contributing factor to the bizarre events that led to the Salem witch trials of the 1690s, which resulted in the execution of twenty people accused of witchcraft Also present in rye bread is ergotamine, a chemical that is used to create lysergic acid, a component of the hallucinogen LSD Sources: Lancet Neurology, Science, Forensic Outreach 01 NUTMEG Nutmeg is one of the most commonly used spices in the world, with over 10 million kg of it produced every year

But did you know that 4 to 8 teaspoons of ground nutmeg is enough to give you mild hallucinations? Nutmeg contains a substance called myristicin [my-ris-tiss-sin], which has been reported to cause delirium and hysteria, as well as painful flu-like symptoms, dehydration, and convulsions There have even been a small number of fatalities attributed to overdoses of the spice In 1908 the shocking death of an 8-year-old was due to the fact that he had consumed just 5 teaspoons of nutmeg Sources: The Science Informant, Digital Journal, Nature’s Poisons, Emergency Medical Journal

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