Video Captures Images of Deer Getting High and Freaking Out
Louisiana hunters all have a good deer story in their repertoire. The story usually ends with the deer getting away. But every now and then we hear a story from the woods that most of us would not even consider believing if there was no video proof.
This is one of those times because the video we've included below comes from a YouTube channel called JS Project Wild. The video was posted about one month ago and shows several deer "snorting nitrous oxide and actin' the donkey".
If nitrous oxide sounds familiar to you, it's with good reason. You probably know it as "laughing gas" the gas your dentist gives you to "take the edge off" of a dental procedure. Nitrous oxide occurs naturally in nature. In the case of the deer, the nitrous develops in piles of rotting leaves. The decomposing plant material emits gas.
In human beings, nitrous oxide takes about twenty seconds to reach the brain. Its effect on pain inhibitors in the body takes about two to three minutes. In humans, nitrous not only affects the pain inhibitors it also works on neurotransmitters that cause the medication's anti-anxiety effect. That's what your dentist is looking for when he or she treats your teeth.
We don't know if the deer suffer from anxiety but having a forest full of guys with guns attempting to track you down could be considered a reason to be nervous. I know I would be.
And the deer, know not only where to find the gas but what the gas does when they inhale it. Let's just say the deer "feel no pain" just as their human counterparts when they inhale the nitrous.
No, the nitrous doesn't harm the deer unless they get all giddy and run out in front of a truck. The effects, just like with humans, wear off after a few minutes, and then it's back to business. Or, back to the leaf pile, no prescription is required.
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