Several species of fish are known to cause hallucinations or intoxication when people eat them. Examples include Sarpa salpa, Kyphosus atlanticus, Siganus spinus and Mulloidichthys flavolineatus.
It's not known which chemical substances cause the effects. It's also unknown whether the compounds are produced by the fish themselves, or if they come from organisms (e.g. algae) which the fish have eaten. Ordinary cooking procedures don't seem to affect the toxins.
The technical term for fish-induced inebriation is Ichthyoallyeinotoxism. The most frequent symptoms are dizziness, loss of co-ordination, hallucinations and memory loss. The effects can last up to three days.
Example case-study publication : Hallucinatory Fish Poisoning (Ichthyoallyeinotoxism): Two Case Reports From the Western Mediterranean and Literature Review Clinical Toxicology, Volume 44, 2006 - Issue 2
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