Ancient Romans Had A Drug Of Choice

The Salema Porgy is a species of fish that can cause hallucinations when eaten. Ancient Romans consumed it as a recreational drug. However, Salema porgies are regularly eaten without their consumers experiencing hallucinogenic effects. Still, in 2006, two men were hospitalized in the south of France after consuming them, one of whom was 90 years old.

They both claimed to fall “ill” and experience auditory hallucinations along with lucid nightmares for several nights until the “symptoms” finally and mysteriously abated.


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