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Spanish Fly As An “Aphrodisiac”

A real aphrodisiac is a substance or chemical that “provokes or excites sexual desire”, leading to increased libido.

In the early ages, most love potions were simply a concotion of aphrodisiacs. There have been quite a lot of them around, with only a few having real aphrodisiac effects, others “mimicking” aphrodisiac effects while the rest are just plain phonies.

There is one notable member of those “aphrodisiacs” that is by far the most popular among all the aphrodisiacs combined — even though it isn’t an aphrodisiac, per se.

Have you ever heard about the Spanish fly?

No? Okay, I’ll tell you about it.

The Spanish fly is a shiny-green Southern European beetle (Lytta vesicatoria) which is neither a fly nor is it Spanish (as if the name “fly” isn’t enough already to make taxonomists red-faced with anger, the guys who named it still went on to “espanize” it).

Spanish fly is hugely popular among insects due to the substance it produces: Cantharidin.

Cantharidin has been used as an “aphrodisiac” throughout history. Apart from the aphrodisiac properties, it’s been used in a number of ridiculous
Although it’s effects are largely unverified, it is supposed to work on men and women.

And rightly so. Why?

Because it does so, in a manner much different from THE aphrodisiacs, which either stimulate the secretion of sex hormones or communicate with the neural centers to increase dopamine production (the neurotransmitter that’s responsible for evoking our desire to do something).

Spanish fly — or Cantharidin — when ingested in LITTLE amounts, irritates the urinary tract and the genitals.

In women, it produces a burning and/or itchy sensation, which simulates some of the symptoms of sexual arousal — minus the itching.

The burning sensation (i.e. inflammation) causes an increased blood flow to the clitoris and the wall of the vagina, thereby increasing the female more receptive to sex and sensitive to touch.

In men, the effects are usually more pronounced due to the structure the male organ assumes during arousal. The effects is almost the same in women: the ingested Cantharidin, on getting to the urethra, irritates the lining of the urethra.

And since the penis is a urinogenital organ (i.e. one orifice for both passage of urine and reproductive fluid), the irritated urethra causes the blood supply through the bulbourethral blood vessels to be elevated. This will then bring about a swollen and harder — albeit painful — erection.

Is that your own idea of “aphrodisiac”?

Cantharidin: As Toxic As It’s Potent

Cantharidin, if not administered correctly or handled carefully, may harm the body in a number of ways. This is because:

1. Cantharidin is a severe blistering agent. If Cantharidin — even if it’s just a little amount of it — comes in contact with the skin, it causes severe, painless blisters to appear on the affected part of the skin.
In fact, it was used in ancient times — during the “bloodletting” era — for drawing fluid from the body.

2. Cantharidin is a substance that has been classified as being “as toxic as strychnine”.

If ingested in large doses, or if it’s not carefully measured, it poses great risk to the body systems; with symptoms ranging from blisters around the mouth, tubular necrosis, renal failure, severe abdominal pain, internal bleeding, and in most cases, death.

Therefore, extreme care must be taken when ingesting Cantharidin.

You should only handle or ingest Cantharidin under the supervision of medical personnel.

Better safe than sorry.