The internet is full of conspiracy theories and downright untruthful lies. However, millions of people still believe everything that is posted online – including the following myth about eating raw, rotten meat. According to IFL Science, people across America are consuming chunks of rotten uncooked meat because they believe it will get them high. In states where marijuana is still illegal, uncooked meat that is rotten might be the second best way to feel inebriated in short order – but does it work?
IFL Science calls the trend of eating rotten uncooked meat “high meat.” And this trend is not the same as eating beef tartare because it is rotten and raw. People eat this meat that has been decomposing for some time, up to two years in some cases. People who gorge themselves on high meat wait until there is a thick layer of slime covering the raw, rotten meat, which is really just a layer of bacteria that should send any human running for the hills.
According to an article published in IFL Science, “some people believe that cooking is overrated, instead preferring to snack on some hearty raw – sometimes rotten – meat. When we say rotten, it isn’t “left out overnight and gone bad” rotten; we are talking months or even years of decomposition, bacteria on the surface, completely different color rotten.”
So, what’s the appeal? People think eating this stuff will get you high as a kite.
Cadaverine and putrescine are two compounds produced during decomposition. According to a study published in the journal Medical Hypotheses, these two amines can have psychoactive effects on the human brain.
“Ingesting putrescine and cadaverine is unlikely to produce any psychoactive effect in humans as they are rapidly metabolized and eliminated,” study author Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and general internist at Cambridge Health Alliance, told IFLScience.
So there you have it. If you were thinking about chowing down on some rotten meat to get high, you might want to think again. It’s not going to work, and you’ll just end up with a belly full of bacteria.
IFL Science published, “While some high meat is simply fermented, others eat completely rotten food. This exposes them to a host of harmful and even deadly bacteria that would love to make a home inside your gut, including Staphylococcus aureus, salmonella, and more. Unsurprisingly, consumers of high meat report some serious upset stomachs described as being ‘explosively incontinent,’ and that is lucky considering the potential dangers. Acute food poisoning can leave some people hospitalized and others with days’ worth of pain, nausea, and vomiting.”
So, save yourself the trouble and don’t eat high meat. It’s not worth the risk. And it’ll probably just get you sick – not high.
Would you ever consider eating raw, rotten meat, or is this an internet trend you’d rather avoid?