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Lizard as psychoactive fauna: an unconventional addiction

Savita Chahal, Priti Singh, Rajiv Gupta.


The use of innovative and unconventional psychoactive substances by people has always surprised mankind and psychoactive fauna as a substance of abuse representing one such strange and dangerous practice. Psychoactive fauna refers to the group of animals whose body parts or excretions contain one or more substances which, in a sufficiently high dose, have the potential to alter the user's state of consciousness. With this case report of abuse of lizard tail by a cannabis dependent prisoner, we aim to sensitize the community toward fast growing and not so uncommon problem of abuse of psychoactive fauna.

Key words: Unconventional substance abuse; psychoactive fauna; lizard addiction

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