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Study: Centipede venom the next breakthrough in painkillers

By Rob Cypher, Oct 13, 2013 | | |
  1. Rob Cypher
    Research into the venom found it was equal to or even more effective than morphine when it came to all kinds of pain.

    Doctors subjected mice to pain resulting from chemical, thermal, and acid exposure and found it to be effective against every one.

    Scientists think the venom works so well because it blocks a sodium-ion channel in people leading them to be "indifferent to all types of pain."

    Doctors have long known about the channel but in the past any efforts to block it led to other channels being affected and causing trouble with the heart and other muscle function.

    But wait, the news gets even better.

    Studies done with the mice show that the venom has no side effects and it’s not believed humans could become addicted to it.

    The later comes from work showing the compound doesn’t block receptors like morphine or other narcotics.

    Smithsonian magazine says the research has been done with Chinese red-headed centipedes and the work will continue.

    Rick Couri
    KRMG Radio (Tulsa, OK)
    October 4, 2013



  1. Alien Sex Fiend
    those centipedes are some ugly bastards. although it would be funny if addicts start getting pet centipedes. good find.
  2. Chug Chug Chug
    I recently heard about this, it is quite interesting.
    On the article I was reading someone left a humorous comment saying, "Oh great now people are gonna snort centipedes".

    I guess this helps prove that there is so much we have yet to discover.
  3. Basoodler
    I wouldnt say its newly discovered, its been on going research for a long while. If you think about it it makes sense. Venom is used to aid the host creature in eating its prey alive.

    Snake venom research i believe had led to a similar pharmacological action with the sodium channels. I would imagine that spiders, scorpions. And other insects would lead to the same action..

    When they find a plausable synthetic route that negates the more sinister side effects i am sure it will get its chance

    For those interested in more info on venom:




    Getting high in snakes



    Recreational scorpions


    Pscycoactive wildlife


    Enjoy reading.. and don't be dumb and try getting high on deadly animals
  4. RoboCodeine7610
    I don't see how this is any different than the use of other Na+ channel blockers such as pregabalin and carbamazepine. I'm skeptical of this compound's effectiveness in treating non-nerve related pain.

  5. Alien Sex Fiend
    i just thought Lol how much More demonized drug addicts will be once they get giant poisonous pet centipedes....
  6. Basoodler
    I would sooner fly to india and take a controlled "naja naja" cobra bite on my foot to get high and lick a million toads before i let that centipede into the same room as me.

    Hell one of the snake articles claims that pressed snake venom party pills were floating around in india in 2012.. i doubt its true because oit doesnt seem like oral ROA would work.. but id try that ten thousand times before centipede lol
  7. torn2bits
    Centipede venom....

    Sounds like "honey bees", phenomena.

    Heck though hard to knock anything that may provide "relief" when in terrible pain..
    I need 222 Centipede bits please Sir..
    ...best to you all Torn2bits
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