According to the University of Queensland, the venom of the long-glanded blue coral snake might be just what the
witch doctor ordered, as its venom is so fast acting that it instantly short-circuits prey’s nerves—something that might work wonders if you’re in a world of hurt.
Unlike opioids, the long-glanded snake’s venom works through disrupting sodium channels.
“This is first time that a snake venom has been reported to act on sodium channels, which is really quite surprising,” claims Jennifer Deuis, a co-author of the study, further explaining that this venom by, “Blocking certain sodium channels in nerves is a promising therapeutic approach to treat pain.”
All in all, with a little luck and thick pair of gloves, a derivative of this venom might be available at your local pharmacy by the next election cycle.