The strongest anesthetic that is not addictive has been isolated from the poison of tarantulas

Australian scientists have finally found a useful application for the poisonous spiders that inhabit this continent. They have developed a new type of anesthetic that has a strong effect. More importantly, it is not a traditional medical opioid and is therefore not addictive.

Experiments with spider venom at the University of Queensland have been going on for several years. So, in 2017, a team led by Professor Glenn King isolated a specific peptide from spider venom that reduces brain damage as a result of stroke.

The new pain reliever is derived from the venom of the Chinese tarantula spider Haplopelma schmidti, which is extremely toxic. This makes it possible to create multiple doses of the drug from the material from one individual, since it requires an insignificant amount of the active substance. But in the future, Australians promise to be patriots and return to the local fauna.

From the venom of this representative of tarantulas, scientists have isolated a special mini-protein Huwentoxin-IV, which is able to bind to pain receptors in the body of animals. The protein blocks their work, reduces the reaction to an attack and allows the spider to calmly finish off its victims. If you stop at the first stage and reduce the dosage, you get an extremely effective pain reliever, which has already been tested in mice. As scientists believed, such a drug has no side effects, including the risk of addiction. Work on a commercial version of the anesthetic will begin shortly.