Hallucinations Caused By Lightning

A trope of pulp fantasy is the lightning bolt strike that grants its target strange powers. Mind Hacks discusses how this occurred, in a sense, when a healthy 23-year-old mountain climber was hit by lightning and suffered impact to her visual cortex. After rescue and three days spent in a drug induced coma, she awoke to a strange world, thus described by the British Medical Journal:

These exclusively visual sensations consisted of unknown people, animals and objects acting in different scenes, as if in a movie. For example, an old lady was sitting on a ribbed radiator, who then became thinner and thinner, finally vanishing through the slots of the radiator. Later, on her left side a cowboy riding on a horse came from the distance. As he approached her, he tried to shoot her, making her feel defenceless because she could not move or shout for help.

In another scene, two male doctors, one fair and one dark haired, and a woman, all with strange metal glasses and unnatural brownish-red faces, were tanning in front of a sunbed, then having sexual intercourse and afterwards trying to draw blood from her. These formed hallucinations, partially with delusional character, were in the whole visual field and constantly present for approximately 20 h.

At the time of appearance, the patient was not sure whether they were real or unreal, but did not report them for fear that she might be considered insane. Over the next few days, she had increasingly better insight.

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  • Infvocuernos

    Next Big Thing.  All the kids will be doing it.  

    • Golchab

      Trying this at home with light sockets is a confirmed:  no powers, only mild tingling sensation.

    • Golchab

      Trying this at home with light sockets is a confirmed:  no powers, only mild tingling sensation.

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  • Aram Jahn

    I always thought the word was spelled “hallucinations.” Are “hallucations” what you experience when you get hit by lightning? I’ll have to look it up.

    • Matt Staggs

       Yeah, haven’t you heard of “Greetings and Hallucations?”

  • Calypso_1

    I’d first want to see the drugs used to induce the coma.  Most of these are fully capable of producing these effects.  It might have nothing at all do with the lightening.  Post-anesthesia delirium/hallucinations are very common.

  • Calypso_1

    I’d first want to see the drugs used to induce the coma.  Most of these are fully capable of producing these effects.  It might have nothing at all do with the lightening.  Post-anesthesia delirium/hallucinations are very common.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    don’t get yer hopes up
    the Feds are going to make lightning illegal
    it’s being listed with other dangerous controlled substances
    like pot

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    don’t get yer hopes up
    the Feds are going to make lightning illegal
    it’s being listed with other dangerous controlled substances
    like pot