National Park Service tells visitors not to lick psychedelic toads
The Sonoran desert toad excretes a toxin through its skin that can make people sick. Nonetheless, it is sought out by some for its possible psychedelic effects. An authority in the USA has published a bizarre warning.
Their venom can be deadly to animals, but their secretions also have psychedelic effects, making Sonoran desert toad particularly appealing to some humans. Apparently so much so that the National Park Service in the United States warned visitors not to lick the animal.
The toad is native to the Sonoran Desert, which stretches across the US Southwest and Northwest mexico extends. Their parotid glands and warts secrete a sticky white venom that can paralyze or kill some animals, even adult dogs. In humans, the skin secretion can irritate the eyes or mouth.
“You can get sick from touching the frog or getting the poison in your mouth,” reads an entry on the newspaper last week Facebook– Page of the National Park Service. “As with most things you encounter in a national park, whether it’s a banana snail, an unfamiliar mushroom, or a large toad with bright eyes in the middle of the night, please refrain from licking it. Thank you.”
Sonoran desert toad population threatened in the USA
According to a report that the New York Times only published in March of this year, the Sonoran desert toad is obviously in great demand. The authorities in the US state of New Mexico therefore classify them as threatened and justify this, among other things, with the excessive collection of animals. Because their poison has a psychedelic effect.
To extract its secretions, the toad is stroked under the chin until, in a defensive reaction, it expels a milky substance. This is scraped off and can be dried into crystals and smoked in a pipe. The drug can induce a hallucinogenic trip that usually lasts 15 to 30 minutes.
Studies show that toad venom can relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. Toad venom, called bufotenine, is illegal in the state of California due to its psychedelic effects. In some places, however, people pay anywhere from $250 for a ceremony in the woods of East Texas to a gold-plated beach setting in Tulum, Mexico, for a retreat where they are treated with toad venom.
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