Death By Toad: Cops Hold Porn Star After Man Seeking God Encounter Dies of Venom June 5, 2020

Death By Toad: Cops Hold Porn Star After Man Seeking God Encounter Dies of Venom

Last summer, José Luis Abad, a Spanish fashion photographer, sought God — and he may have found Him.

Abad died in July after taking part in a spiritual ceremony where he inhaled the hallucinogenic venom of the endangered Colorado River toad, apparently to put himself in touch with the divine. The ceremony’s shaman is known to millions as recently-retired Spanish porn star Nacho Vidal. Police arrested Vidal (46) and two other suspects after a months-long investigation, and charged the suspects with manslaughter.

Rolling Stone reports that

The venom belonged to the Colorado River toad, which is found in the southwestern United States and Mexico. The toad secretes a toxin to ward off predators that, when dehydrated, contains the psychoactive compound 5 -MeO-DMT, or DMT, which has powerful hallucinogenic properties.

DMT has been referred to as a “spirit molecule” due to reports of people [having] “God encounter experiences” under the effects of the drug. Very limited research suggests it may have therapeutic uses, but it also has potentially dangerous side effects, including increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, and in rare cases, seizures.

Vidal is a DMT proponent who, four years ago, posted a video on YouTube about the wonders of the substance. According to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, he believes that

… his encounters with the toad’s venom helped him overcome his addictions and reunite with his “spirit.”

Spanish cops put out a statement claiming that participants in the shamanic ritual were

… “highly suggestible people who were especially vulnerable and were seeking alternative ways to cure certain ailments or addictions.”

Vidal, who has starred in more than 1,500 explicit movies, had been selling penis-shaped candles after retiring from the porn business last year due to a medical condition brought on by STDs.

(Screenshot via YouTube)

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