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Psychedelic Toad Venom Abuse and Overdose dangers

The popular drug of the 60s and 70s were psychedelics, for its mind-altering effects. 

Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), psilocybin mushrooms, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), and ayahuasca have long been a drug of choice to “trip” on. 

Tripping is a term used by people to describe the effects of being high on psychedelics. 

It is called a trip because of its mind-altering effects that people claim it makes them feel—like they took a trip to another realm. 

Psychedelics are a psychoactive drug that is in the hallucinogenic class. 

It alters the state of consciousness and can cause auditory and visual hallucinations.

A new psychedelic has made waves as the new psychedelic drug in the U.S.—toad venom, or specifically known as 5-MeO-DMT. 

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History of Psychedelic Toad Venom


It is a naturally occurring venom from a rare species of toads, Bufo Alvarius, dwelling in the Colorado River, and the Sonoran Desert.

The toads can also be found in Mexico, California, Arizona, and New Mexico.

It has been widely used by other cultures as an aphrodisiac and for spiritual reasons.

Shamans in Mexico originally and currently use and harvest the drug by extracting the venom glands of the toads.

They are bred and “harvested” only for this purpose.

The cycle begins in May because that season has the most rain, and it can last up to August.

It typically takes one to three days after it rains for toads to begin the reproduction cycle.

They lay their eggs in ponds, temporary pools of water, slow-moving streams, and other hospitable environments with plenty of water.

After the toads have reproduced, they are then harvested by extracting the venom from their backs where the venom glands are located.

Their recreational use is now a popular trend in the psychedelic community in the U.S.

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Understanding Psychedelic Toad Venom

The venom is an extremely powerful psychoactive substance. It produces effects similar to other psychedelic drugs, however, it is much more potent. While DMT is a different drug, this strain of toad venom is four to six times stronger than DMT. The Drug Enforcement Agency has deemed this substance as a Schedule I drug. However, that has not stopped people from using this drug, as it is continuing to grow in popularity. It is now the leading psychedelic of choice among the southwestern U.S. Since it made its way into the U.S., more people continue to use this toad venom for recreational purposes, not knowing the consequences of what can happen. 

Toad Venom Effects

Toad venom is a highly potent psychedelic that was first ingested by licking the toad’s back. It is now more common to smoke the venom. The venom glands are milked to extract the venomous secretion from the toad. The venom is then dehydrated, which turns it into a delicate dry paste. It is inhaled through the smoke and produces effects within 10 to 30 seconds. The effects of psychedelic toad venom include 30-minute incapacitation, where time, vision, and sound are distorted. It can also cause euphoria, altered sensory perception, fluctuating body temperature, vomiting, and convulsions. Many people describe an altered mood that allows them to feel ethereal. However, the current emotional state of the individual plays a major factor in whether the individual has a good or bad “trip” when he or she consumes the drug. The effects last for over an hour. After using the toad venom, many people report that they have changed their perspective in major life choices and gained a new sense of how they believe they should live. These effects are caused by the substance stimulating, modulating, and suppressing specific neurotransmitters and their system. This chemical imbalance causes the individual to hallucinate and feel as though it is a spiritual conquest. 

Psychedelic Toad Venom Abuse

Every time a drug is consumed, a risk is taken.  Psychedelic drugs including toad venom can cause anxiety, panic, sleep disturbance, sweating, dry mouth, and psychosis.  Reports of death associated with toad venom has also been recorded.  Since toad venom is a new trend of the psychedelic class, research on abuse is still being conducted.  However, continuous use can likely lead to other mental health issues, such as paranoia, disorganized thinking, and persistent visual hallucinations.  Many people only take toad venom when they are in a happy emotional state.  This can create a trigger that may lead to psychedelic addiction.  A specified method of treatment has not yet been established because toad venom is a new popular drug.

Frequent use of toad venom has also been known to cause:

  • Delusions
  • Sensory dysfunction
  • Dissociation
  • Flashbacks
  • Mood swings
  • Alienation
  • Tremors
  • Vascular problems
  • Trouble focusing


Toad Venom Toxicity and Overdose

There is a small chance that an individual can take too much toad venom and cause an overdose. This is called toad venom poisoning and is similar to digitalis toxicity. It has a sizable mortality rate. The venom glands from which the toad venom is released contains a decent number of cardiac glycosides. This is found in other plants and animal toxins. Toad venom poisoning may appear as mental, cardiac, gastrointestinal, and arrhythmic problems. Digoxin specific Fab fragment is often used to treat toad venom poisoning. With expedient treatment, it can save lives. However, toad venom poisoning and overdose are not common. This does not mean it cannot happen. Do not allow this to believe every use may be a safe use. The possibility of health problems and death are still present.

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Mental Illness and Psychedelic Toad Venom

Approximately half the people with mental illness will abuse drugs to combat the overwhelming symptoms they feel. This is only a short relief from their distress. Using psychedelics such as toad venom covers the true problem and creates more issues than it solves. It will cause further deterioration of mental health and physical health problems. Everyone should abstain from using drugs. However, individuals with a preexisting mental illness or illnesses should especially stay away from drugs. It is the safest thing to do. Any psychoactive substance comes with its risks, especially in those with mental illness, who are more susceptible to adverse effects. 

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