World's Most Venomous Spider Could Be Treatment For Erectile Dysfunction
Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures
Hard-up for a hard-on? Men suffering from erectile dysfunction should direct their attention to the floors of the Brazilian rainforest, where the world's most venomous spider may be carrying a cure.
Phoneutria nigriventer, aka the Brazilian Wandering Spider, is listed atop the Guinness Book of World Records as the most venomous spider in the world, with a bite that leads to excruciating pain, paralysis and eventually death.
Oh, and a boner.
In humans, a bite from the infamous spider is known to also cause priapism -- an intense, long-lasting and often uncomfortable erection. Scientists now believe that the potent neurotoxin, when diluted, can offer a viable treatment to men who are not affected by drugs like Viagra.
"The decrease in erectile function associated with age was partially restored 15 to 20 minutes after injection with PnTx2-6," wrote the study's authors in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Of course, harvesting venom from a Brazilian Wandering Spider is not the safest task in the world. According to tests, its venom is 18 times more powerful than a Black Widow's.
If you think it's worth the risk, hop on a plane to Brazil. The cuddly creatures are often found crawling through the underbrush of South American jungles, choosing to wait for prey on the ground rather than by building a web.