Vice’s Hamilton Morris Interviewed on Hallucinogenic Fish

Shiny FishVia Technoccult:

In 2006 two men cooked and ate a fish which they had caught in the Western Mediterranean. Minutes after ingesting the fish frightening visual and auditory hallucinations began to overcome them. These intense visions lasted 36 hours. The fish they had caught was a Sarpa Salpa. A species of Sea Bream which is commonly found off the coast of South Africa and Malta and can induce icthyoallyeinotoxism, a condition also known as hallucinogenic fish poisoning.

I recently learned that Vice columnist Hamilton Morris is assembling a team to capture and analyze a live sample of Sarpa Salpa. Morris is a writer and filmmaker and expert in anything psychoactive. In his column for Vice, Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia, he mixes his subjective experiences with insights into pharmacology, neurology and chemistry. In one column he traveled to the Amazonian jungle to have the secretions of a “shamanic” frog burnt into his arm. In another he traveled to Haiti to be dusted with the voodoo “zombie” poison Tetrodotoxin. He is currently working on a complex research project about extremely obscure information related to psychoactive mushrooms.

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6 Comments on "Vice’s Hamilton Morris Interviewed on Hallucinogenic Fish"

  1. hypnofish. i love fish.

  2. Monkey See Monkey Do | Apr 28, 2012 at 4:47 pm |

    I hope Hamilton Morris gets his consciousness ripped apart by Sarpa Salpa spirits. A way of avoiding that of course would be to not kill or harm the fish in extracting the chemical.(If that can be done at all)

    • fish eat stuff and we eat fish, as long as their population is sustainable its all good. just one organism being absorbed into a more organized and complex organism, the constant change of life. life strives to become more complex, the krill and plankton a whale eats is actually the whale in a less organized form and vice versa. While some animals are more brutal in their predatory routines, which can be compared to someone that is unsophisticated and with bad taste. we are what we eat.  the kill or be killed game is a basic activity in life. Humans seem to be evolving out of it slowly,  turning into energy beings who do not rely on predation to intake particles, but intake them in their purest form as pure energy which radiates all around us, but that’s a long ways off i think.   

      • Monkey See Monkey Do | Apr 28, 2012 at 6:40 pm |

        If you induce the suffering of other beings to try and explore consciousness, trust me, there will be consequences. Taking psychedelics makes people hyper-sensitive and aware of the suffering they throw out to the world, and more aware of the proverb ‘what goes around, comes around’. The idea is to try and reduce the suffering around us caused by our existence. The same ethics we should expect from higher intelligence beings than ourselves. In a hypothetical scenario they might like to take human life and cause human suffering for their own selfish and unnecessary purposes.

        A plant based diet is much more ethical and humane. It’s scientifically proven to be the healthiest diet for human beings, and it doesn’t require the wishy-washy new-age belief that we can live off pure energy for complete nutrition. (Not that it’s an impossible idea)

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