denver.cbslocal.com – DENVER (CBS4) – If you like hot, spicy food, and think there is nothing too fire-like to slide down your food pipe, you may want to think again. You could wind up in the hospital where everyone is worried you burst a blood vessel in your brain.
That’s exactly what happened to a 34-year-old man who took part in a chile tasting contest. He decided to shoot for the moon… or in this case the surface of the sun, as he gobbled the “hottest pepper in the world”.
It called the Carolina Reaper, and it’s 400x hotter than a jalapeno pepper.
According to a case study in the British Medical Journal, the man took a single bite, followed by a single swallow, then was then followed by a racing ambulance ride to the nearest hospital.
Within two seconds of the swallow, the swallower wound up with the worst headache in his life, one we call a “thunderclap headache.”
It’s medical lingo for a sudden, horrific headache—one that you’ve never had before —that’s so bad the first thing we think is that you burst an aneurysm in your brain.
And that’s just what doctors worried about when this guy was wheeled—in agony— into the emergency room.
Some stat tests and scans didn’t show a burst vessel, or a brain hemorrhage.
Instead there was a lot of spasm in the vessels, caused by chemicals in the pepper. Those chemicals caused those arteries to tighten up, decreasing blood flow to vital areas of the brain, and causing intense pain.
This is why the Baconlicious Hell Fire challenge will be my last “hot one” challenge, that shit was legit painful so I can only imagine eating something so fucking hot that I have a brain hemorrhage from it.