It rates at an average of 1,641,183 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), according to tests conducted by Winthrop University in SC in 2017. After a few days, he began experiencing short but excruciating pains lasting seconds at a time, in the first ever recorded case of such an occurrence, Fox News reports.
Though almost every cuisine in the world has incorporated spicy peppers in some form, they're not traditionally eaten whole and uncooked; that's a phenomena that seems to be associated exclusively with modern-day pyro-gourmaniacs (yes: that is, indeed, the word for spicy pepper eaters).
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Some extremely hot chili peppers can cause a lot of discomfort. Known as "thunderclap headaches", these episodes are a medical emergency, because they can signal bleeding in the brain, a clot shutting down brain blood flow, or other life-threatening conditions.
For some, they can strike during orgasm, Professor Parsons said: "Blood pressure rises and an artery ruptures".
This rare condition is caused by the sudden narrowing of the major blood vessels in the brain. This is the first reported case of this sort of reaction to eating a hot pepper.
It is normally associated with certain medications, such as ergotamine or triptans, and illicit drugs, such as cocaine and amphetamines - not peppers.
While most RCVS patients do well, she added, a minority can have such severe blood vessel spasms that they die.
The headaches soon cleared up, and a scan five weeks later showed his arteries were back to normal.