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Toad Suckers: Not Just an Urban Myth
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Licking toads to get you high is a myth which appears to be reinforced in popular media, in shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy, the latter dedicating a whole episode to it. South Park even parodied this phenomenon writing an episode on if you get high from having a cat urinate in your face. But is there any truth behind it? Supposedly the cane toad secretes a chemical called 5-methoxy-N, N-dimethyltryptamine which can be sniffed, ingested or injected to make someone high. When the chemical gets into your body, it acts as an anti-depressant, releasing a high amount of serotonin into the body, making the user feel good. It is said that users feel a full body rush and hallucinate, although it is said that these users take the chemical in a more pure form.
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Since kissing frogs has officially been discounted as a method of obtaining princes sorry ladies , why would anyone want to lick a toad? The urban legend is that licking a toad can get you high. Indeed, Homer Simpson is seen licking toads and going on bizarre trips, as well as the infamous stories of hippies in the 70s who kept 'toad farms. These toads are known as 'psychoactive toads', and they produce a chemical which causes hallucinations when ingested. So, is licking a toad a good idea?
Through shafts of half-light, an underwater shot frames drifting detritus. Shrouded in mist, mud bubbles with micro-organisms. The camera pans through dense blue-grey foliage, as though searching for something, and then back to the swamp where a pair of beady reptilian eyes emerges briefly before retreating. Then an enormous toad, full-frontal, engulfs the frame, staring straight at the camera. Without warning, he launches himself at the viewer.