The “high” lasts around 10 hours and supposedly makes everything look like it’s “dancing”. The scorpions can be smoked straight or mixed with tobacco or hash.A grimly fascinating report in Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper April 15 features an interview with an aging scorpion-venom addict in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, near the border with Afghanistan. Sohbat Khan, 74, says he has been smoking scorpions to get high off the venom since the ’60s, and only recently managed to kick the habit—by switching to opium.
“Drugs are beaten by other drugs,” he sadly told a reporter, speaking in his native Pashto. The stuff appears be highly addictive, and when Khan could not find scorpions in his village, he would travel to Peshawar, the regional capital, to buy them in the market. The piece does not make clear if the scorpion trade is officially tolerated by authorities.